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Red Hot Organization

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Red Hot Organization
Formation1990; 34 years ago (1990)
FounderJohn Carlin
TypeInternational Organization
HeadquartersNew York City, New York, U.S.
  • United States
Official language
Key people
John Carlin (Founder & CEO)
Paul Heck (Producer)
Béco Dranoff (Producer)

Red Hot Organization (RHO) is a non-profit, 501(c) 3, international organization with goals to promote diversity through equal access to healthcare through pop culture.

Since its inception in 1989, over 400 artists, producers and directors have contributed to over 21 compilation albums, related television programs, and media events to raise donations totaling more than 10 million dollars for HIV / AIDS relief and awareness around the world.

The Red Hot Organization Collection was donated to Fales Library in New York City in 2006.[1]

Early history[edit]

First founded as King Cole, Inc. by Leigh Blake and John Carlin, Red Hot was established in 1989 in response to the AIDS epidemic and its impact on artists and creators within New York City. Carlin, who previously pursued a career as an entertainment lawyer, expressed the wish to create an "AIDS charity album" to pay tribute to American singer/songwriter Cole Porter.[2]

In 1990, the project was released, entitled Red Hot + Blue, featuring various artists.[3]

The project was later adapted into a one-and-a-half-hour TV special, hosted by Richard Gere, Carrie Fisher and Kyle MacLachlan which aired on World AIDS Day 1990 during prime time on ABC.[4]

In 1995: Time magazine listed Red Hot's Stolen Moments: Red Hot + Cool as its number one pick for the Best Music of 1994.[5]

Red Hot + Rio 2[edit]

Red Hot + Rio 2, produced by Béco Dranoff, John Carlin, and Paul Heck; with supervising musical producers Andres Levin, Mario Caldato Jr., and Kamal Kassin; in collaboration with U.S. label E1 Entertainment, was Red Hot Organization's 15th entry into its series of tribute albums.[citation needed]

Rio 2 was reviewed by critics to high acclaim. The Wall Street Journal noted that the album possessed "unusual collaboration and combinations" that would solidify Red Hot's place "in the musical landscape."[6]

The Denver Post stated that the album was full of "summery, breezy songs" that alternately "surprises and triumphs" and ultimately deemed it "one of the most listenable records to come across our desk in months."[7]



Multimedia releases[edit]


Red Hot + TV[edit]

Performance Network Year
Red Hot + Blue ABC, Channel 4 (UK), others worldwide 1990
Red Hot + Dance MTV, Channel 4 (UK), others worldwide 1992
Red Hot + Country MTV, Channel 4 (UK), others worldwide 1992
No Alternative TNN 1993
Stolen Moments: Red Hot + Cool PBS, (Sundance Channel fall 2001) 1994
Red Hot + Rio Bravo, MTV Brazil, Much Music 1996
The Beat Experience Whitney Museum of Art 1996
Red Hot + Latin MTV Latino 1996
Red Hot + Rhapsody MTV, MTV Int'l 1998
Onda Sonora: Red Hot + Lisbon MTV Int'l 1999


A review of a 1994 Red Hot Organization one-hour music video collection noted that the affected persons depicted in the video were either gay males, injection drug users, or African. Some researchers argued that depictions such as this focus the majority viewers' attention specifically on these groups and assume that HIV is a problem for minorities, and not for the general public.[11]


  1. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on July 23, 2008. Retrieved April 6, 2009.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ Christopher John Farley, "Music: Beautifully Blurred", Time, August 30, 1999
  3. ^ "Red Hot | About". redhot.org. Retrieved 2023-10-01.
  4. ^ Rosenberg, Howard (1990-11-30). "ABC Takes Strides With 'Red, Hot'--and Bold--Special : Television: The network gambles with a straight-talking music-video special on AIDS awareness featuring Cole Porter tunes". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2023-10-01.
  5. ^ Time Magazine, "The Best Music of 1994", Time magazine, Dec - Jan 1995
  6. ^ Andersen, Nick (June 29, 2011). "Red Hot Organization Hits Brazil in 'Red Hot+Rio 2′ Album". Wall Street Journal Speakeasy. Retrieved June 29, 2011.
  7. ^ "New CDs in Review, 6/28/11". The Denver Post. June 27, 2011. Retrieved 2011-06-28.
  8. ^ "Master Mix: Red Hot + Fela/". Red Hot. Retrieved 2016-04-10.
  9. ^ "Master Mix: Red Hot + Bach/". Red Hot. Retrieved 2016-04-10.
  10. ^ "Master Mix: Red Hot + Arthur Russell". Red Hot. Retrieved 2016-04-10.
  11. ^ Hart, Kylo-Patrick R. (2000). The AIDS movie : representing a pandemic in film and television. New York [u.a.]: Haworth. pp. 1–3. ISBN 0789011085.

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