For all the crowds, freakish costumes and profits that Electric Daisy Carnival attracted during its second round in Las Vegas, we've also learned that the event's promoters at Insomniac Events did some solid good outside the EDM community when we weren't looking.
For every one of the dance music fans who attended throughout the three-day festival at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway from June 8-10, Insomniac's charitable donations gave $1 per ticket transaction and $10 per guest list attendee to charitable organizations in the Las Vegas communities for a second time in a row.
The Clark County School – Community Partnership Program, Emergency Medicine Resident Research Fund, Speedway Children's Charity – Las Vegas Chapter and Injured Police Officers Fund all benefited from the $115,000 donation including an additional initiative with Rock the Vote called Spin the Vote. Representatives from all of these organizations as well as Insomniac's CEO and Founder Pasquale Rotella were in attendance at the official check presentation held yesterday at the Cosmopolitan Hotel.
“I'm so grateful that for a second year in a row the success of this year's Electric Daisy Carnival, Las Vegas, is able to directly benefit these amazing organizations, each of which provides unique and vital services to the [Las Vegas] community,” said Rotella. “Each of these groups touches our event in one way or another. Whether it's through encouraging youth to participate in the arts or educating our fans to become politically active, we're honored to give back to Las Vegas as well as to those who help make our event a success.”
Rotella has become a controversial figure in the EDM world in the wake of bribery allegations involving the LA Coliseum–EDC's previous location. Of course this kind of charitable donation also goes a long way in strengthening his ties to Las Vegas, where the festival still holds a five-year deal to hold their massive event. It's also too bad that all this money could've been coming to organizations in SoCal had EDC been able to stay in LA. But despite the amount of controversy associated with these mega festivals and the moguls who run them, we're glad to see the notion of PLUR (peace, love, unity and respect) show itself in a setting that doesn't necessarily revolve around huge crowds and all-night partying.