KMSB "Fox-11 Forum," 1/8/12, 7:30 AM & KTTU "In Focus," 1/8/12, 10:30 AM

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By Bryce Potter By Bryce Potter

Host Bob Lee interviews  Bill Carnegie, Board Chair, Tucson Together Fund, the only official fund established to assist victims, families and witnesses of the January 8, 2011 tragedy, James Tritten, member, and  Eric Swedlund, member, Music Against Violence. 

“Luz  De Vida” (“Light of Life”) is a compilation of 37 songs by mostly Tucson-based musicians to benefit those affected by the January 8 , 2011, shootings in Tucson.  The project was initiated by Music Against Violence, and all proceeds from sales go to the Tucson Together Fund. 

Carnegie says the Fund was established to assist victims, families and witnesses of the January 8, 2011 tragedy.  He says the fund covers a variety of short-term and long-term expenses related to the tragedy, including counseling, travel expenses, food and lodging.  He says the funds are for “incidental payments” not covered by Crime Victim Compensation Funds or by other sources.  He saiys it is anticipated children and grandchildren of those directly affected may require assistance for up to 20 years. 

Swedlund says the Luz de Vida project began shortly after the shootings, as a way to create a positive response from the musicians in the community, but also as a way to raise funds to support the victims and their families.  He says contributions from Tucson musicians as well as from musicians with ties to Tucson, were collected.  He says some are original songs just for this album.  Others are “appropriate” for the compilation and it’s purpose. 

Tritten says his company, Fort Lowell Records, did the production and made it available in two formats.  One, he says, is a 12-inch vinyl record with 12 songs.  The other, he says, is a 37-track digital-only format.  He says Luz de Vida is a testament to the resilience that is a hallmark of the Tucson community.