Artists with ties to America's Gulf Coast will participate in a live benefit special, "A Concert for Hurricane Relief," to air on Sept. 2 on NBC, MSNBC and CNBC.
Musicians appearing will include Tim McGraw, Harry Connick Jr., and Wynton Marsalis. Non-musical artists, including actor Leonardo DiCaprio and others, will also participate. The hour-long music-driven special will air at 8 p.m. ET live on the East Coast, tape-delayed on the West.
"Today" show host Matt Lauer will host the telethon portion of the programming from NBC's studios in New York. All viewers will be encouraged to donate to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund in support of hurricane relief through its Web site and donation hotline (www.redcross.org or 1-800-HELP NOW).
The fund helps the Red Cross provide shelter, food, counseling and other assistance to those suffering from the hurricane and other disasters.
A spokesman for NBC says "The humanitarian needs from this catastrophic hurricane are immense and will continue to emerge over the next weeks, months and even years.
Further details will be announced shortly.