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The Frankie Knuckles Fund

The Frankie Knuckles Fund supports the foundation's work with African communities around the globe.


The Elton John AIDS Foundation, in collaboration with Judy Weinstein and Def Mix Productions, has established the Frankie Knuckles Fund to support HIV information, testing and treatment.



Following the tragic death of the man known to millions as the “Godfather of House Music,” on March 31st, 2014, the Elton John AIDS Foundation has been chosen to establish a Fund in Knuckles’ memory. Donations fund the charity’s work with men at high risk of HIV in Africa, African communities in the UK and African American communities in the U.S.A.

“Frankie was such a lovely man and a great talent,” commented the Foundation Founder Sir Elton John, “and his legacy provides a powerful voice to reach out to people, particularly men of colour, about their essential role in helping to create an AIDS-free future.”

Black men remain at very high risk of HIV. They are 40% are more likely than white men to be diagnosed with HIV late. This is particularly dangerous as people who are diagnosed late with HIV are 10 times more likely to die of AIDS.

“It is our goal, in Frankie’s name, to make sure that black men are aware of the risks of HIV and have access to information, testing and treatment to protect themselves and others,” commented Anne Aslett, Executive Director of the Elton John AIDS Foundation UK.

To mark the 1-year anniversary of Frankie’s passing, Underworld, Heller & Farley and The Misterons are releasing a version of Knuckles’ seminal “Baby Wants To Ride”.  Proceeds from the sale of the record will go direct to the Frankie Knuckles Fund. Find out more here.

Defected are also honoured to announce the release of House Masters Frankie Knuckles, a charity release in collaboration with Def Mix Management and the estate of Frankie Knuckles.

House Masters Frankie Knuckles is a project that began in February 2014, with Frankie hand-selecting the productions and remixes he wanted to include on a retrospective release of his illustrious career. On the sad news of his passing on 31 March 2014, the project was duly paused. Now, with the creation of The Frankie Knuckles Fund established in partnership with the Elton John AIDS Foundation, the release will finally see the light of day.  Find out more here.

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