Red Hot is a U.S. based 501(c)3 not for profit production company that has produced 20 albums and donated over 12 million dollars to worthy organizations, causes and pro-social projects around the world. Its mission is to raise awareness and money to fight AIDS/HIV and related health and social issues.
Red Hot operates more like a creative production company than a traditional not for profit institution. It doesn’t have a permanent staff and keeps its overhead to a minimum to focus on making innovative projects that target hard to reach audiences by using popular culture and artful propaganda. Revenues from these projects are given to traditional charities, often in collaboration with the artists who have contributed their music or art.
Red Hot was started in 1989 by Leigh Blake and John Carlin as a response to the devastation wrought by AIDS on a generation of New York artists and intellectuals. Rather than look outside the community for help, Red Hot solicited the time and talent of prominent artists to create Red Hot + Blue: a multimedia project combining music, videos, fashion, art and design in a tribute to the American songwriter Cole Porter. Red Hot + Blue sold over 1 million copies worldwide, and raised millions of dollars for AIDS charities such as AmFAR and ACT UP. Success spawned a series of albums and videos featuring a range of musical styles including Hip Hop, Dance, Latin, Country, Rock, and Brazilian as well as continuing to pay tribute to great songwriters such as Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, Tom Jobim Fela Kuti, Arthur Russell and the Grateful Dead.