Student Run Cystic Fibrosis Charity Releases Music
Compilation and Hosts Benefit Concert

Michael Crino, a rising junior at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, and his roommate Patrick O’Brien combined two of their passions – music and charity – to create nonprofit Music Gives Back, Inc.

O’Brien, a rising senior diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis, is the lead singer of a band featured on the compilation. The compilation is to be released as a CD entitled “Open Your Heart,” featuring 17 nationwide bands.

There will be a benefit concert at Maxwell’s in Hoboken on July 24, 2012 to celebrate the release. Tickets are $10 and features Pentimento, The Hotel Year, and State Lines.

“After getting to know Patt, cystic fibrosis was a cause I became close to. It started out as just an idea we had and now it has turned into something huge,” says Crino. “We put out a video that got thousands of views in just a few days from all over the world.”

In addition to the video, Crino and O’Brien have taken to social media and blogging in an effort to spread awareness and reach out to both music enthusiasts and the cystic fibrosis community.

“It’s about reaching out to a younger generation and teaching them about an illness that they probably have never even heard of before,” O’Brien says. Their efforts have paid off already – the charity was recently recognized by Bridge 9 Records and various other media outlets.

The compilation features 17 artists, such as Polar Bear Club, I Call Fives, and Real Friends, in addition to many other New Jersey and New York native bands.

Music Gives Back will be present at The Fest in Gainesville, FL this coming October. The Fest is a 3-day music festival featuring over 250 bands.

For information about the artists, cause, and how you can help visit www.musicgivesback.com. Tickets to the benefit are available at Tunes (Hoboken), Other Music (Manhattan) and MaxwellsNJ.com.