(1960 - July 1, 1994) USA
Steve Gilden was a singer in New York City cabarets and a member of Lifebeat's Hearts & Voices, a volunteer group that performs in hospitals.
In 1992, the music industry had not yet addressed the AIDS crisis with a unified voice, although many of its members had succumbed to the disease. Bob Caviano, a respected music manager, wrote a moving editorial in Billboard magazine disclosing his illness and challenging the industry to take action. A number of high-level executives heeded his call and formed Lifebeat.
Lifebeat, Music Fights HIV, is a national non-profit organization dedicated to reaching America’s youth with the message of HIV/AIDS prevention. Lifebeat mobilizes the talents and resources of the music industry to raise awareness and to provide support to the HIV/AIDS community.
Now in its 20th year, Lifebeat has emerged as a leading organization for prevention efforts targeting youth from 13-29. Recognizing that music has always played a significant role in the lives of young people, Lifebeat has carved out a unique niche by effectively using the power of music and celebrity to reach this population.