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11/05/20

Announcing Our Grantees for 2020!

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Long, strange trip does not even begin to describe 2020. But in a year that’s been traumatic for so many, we are humbled and happy that your kind generosity has made it possible to help these groups who are doing such great work.

 

April 2020

Backline Care, Inc.

$5,000

Backline Alliance Inc.’s mission to connect music industry professionals and their family members with a trusted network of mental health and wellness providers.

In 2019, Backline was created to provide easy access to preventative care and crisis management services for the music community. Backline connects music industry professionals and their families with mental health and wellness resources–streamlining access to a network of trusted organizations and care providers that understand this line of work. Backline is a critical connector for touring professionals who often lack the resources they need to address mental health and wellness needs on the road, and it can be accessed from anywhere. It is Backline’s mission to support our community as we navigate the challenges associated with this lifestyle. Backline was created for the music industry, by the music industry. It is time to take action. Together, we can create a safer and more supportive environment, and preserve the music that comes from it.

 

July 2020

 

Sweet Relief Musicians Fund/Rex Roadie Fund

$5,000

Sweet Relief created The Rex Roadie Fund  in partnership with the Rex Foundation to help ill, disabled and economically challenged crew who are facing financial hardship*. 100% of the money donated into this fund will go toward helping roadies, tour managers, stage managers, and all production crew who work behind the scenes. Contributions to this Fund will help pay for such things as medical expenses, housing, food and vital living expense such as utilities, clothing, transportation, program services and counseling. You may not know their names, but their contributions to music are critical; your generosity towards helping them is both crucial and appreciated.

*During the COVID-19 crisis applicants do not need to be sick to be able eligible for assistance

 

October 2020

Abundant Earth Foundation

$5,000

Abundant Earth farm building and field

Abundant Earth Foundation’s mission is to support William “Mensa” Tsedze, Africa coordinator for Earth Guardians, to acquire one hectare of land in the territory of the prefecture of Kloto in Togo in West Africa. $3,000.00 will be used to secure the land. The rest of the funds will be used to establish a training center that will focus on teaching practices of food productions using natural systems that don’t require hazardous and expensive chemicals.

 

Artist Relief Tree

$2,500

Artist Relief Tree is a network of artists supporting artists around the world and promotes sharing our collective resources to lift each other up. Like the tree in our name, they want to bring each root and branch of our community together to supports each other. Artists Relief was set up as a mutual aid fund to collect and redistribute funds to artists around the world whose income has been impacted by the effects of COVID-19.

 

Color Outside the Lines

$3,300

Color Outside the Lines empowers and inspires foster children and at-risk youth, by providing opportunities for self-expression and creativity. The program uses the power of art to transform lives, heal emotional trauma, and to promote wellbeing and happiness. The objective is to bring children from 3-18 years creative projects that will inspire them to be expressive artistically and emotionally while encouraging self-confidence.

 

Conservation Value Institute

$2,500

The mission of Conservation Value Institute is to research, develop and advance conservation and climate change solutions and their valuable environmental and people benefits. With the arrival of COVID-19 Pandemic, The Nature of Music podcast, was inspired. Designed to help members of our musical community suffering from loss of income, its aim is to advance the many valuable benefits of climate change and conservation solutions in a manner that does our small part to support musicians in need – by offering podcast guests an opportunity to earn a small paycheck while their main business (ticket sales from playing live concerts) is shut down during the pandemic.

 

Food Runners

$2,500

Based in San Francisco, Food Runners helps to alleviate hunger in San Francisco, prevent waste and create a community. In 2019, Food Runners relayed over 18 tons of food a week that would otherwise be discarded or composted. This was enough for 24,000 meals every week. Since the advent of the Covid-19 Pandemic, and San Francisco’s Shelter-In-Place directive, Food Runners has pivoted their services to meet the community’s needs. They have opened a satellite kitchen and are using donated food to cook meals and deliver them to recipients and agencies helping San Franciscans in need.

 

Give a Beat Foundation

$5,000

two young Black men with recording studio equipmentGive a Beat Foundation’s mission is to reduce the harmful effects of incarceration through music production, DJing and other education programs that transform individuals and inspire communities to take action. The project “On A New Track” Reentry Mentoring Program, a new program in partnership with Defy Ventures and the California Mentoring Partnership, will train 8 people who have been previously incarcerated in the creative professions of DJing and Music Production. During 6 sessions, they will learn technical skills, use music as a tool for healing, building relationships, as well as learn various aspects of the music business and other transferable skills. Also aiming to support participants interests in employment in the music industry by pairing with professional mentors.

 

Gorge Ecology Outdoors

$5,000

young girls outdoors

The Gorge Ecology Outdoors project is a collaboration between three non-profits in the Columbia Gorge area that will provide critical assistance to youth in crisis. There are very few resources for troubled youth to get the support they need to deal with the many forms of grief, stress and anxiety they encounter in their daily lives. In response to the vast needs of underserved youth in the region, Gorge Ecology Outdoors, with its decades of pioneering outdoor education, has teamed up with the newly formed non-profit, Maitri House, which has developed deep learning skills for youth in crisis to create a third non-profit, the Great River Memorial Park and Youth Camp. Maitri House provides and implements the new grief/ecology curriculum, Great River provides the site and Gorge Ecology Outdoors brings the students and 25 years of working with local school districts.

 

Human Needs Project

$5,000

kibera town center

Human Needs Project is a Kenyan NGO and U.S. nonprofit that is pioneering a new platform for providing integrated services in informal settlements. Human Needs Project is a collaborative effort between academic, industry and local leaders to address the lack of basic services common in informal settlements. With water at its core, and clean technology as its engine, the Human Needs Project aims to provide the basic services where none exist, while educating and training the local population, and in turn creating useful job skills.

KXSF

$5,000

San Francisco’s independent, community radio station that provides quality, locally produced, locally-focused programming not heard elsewhere on the broadcast radio dial. KXSF reflects the unique population of San Francisco and the Bay Area with a diverse staff of volunteers, DJs and hosts who represent communities currently underserved on local radio. In addition, KXSF supports and strengthens the Bay Area’s financially embattled artistic and music communities by giving them a broadcast and streaming platform and helping them survive and thrive. Through training and youth-produced programming, KXSF also provides educational opportunities for students interested in the broadcast arts.

 

The Beverly Area Arts Alliance

$5,000

The Alliance coordinates art focused events and projects fostering collaboration between artists and the Beverly community. The Alliance seeks to identify opportunities and incubate ideas to advance Beverly as a hub of culture and creativity on Chicago’s Far South Side, and it does so by working with like-minded community leaders, organizations and artists that come together to create a vibrant environment in which to live and do business.

 

The Introverts Collective

$5,000

The Introverts Collective: The Doors Project explores the intersection of Art, Consciousness and Social Activism. The artwork produced engages and informs communities of social and cultural issues through civic interaction.

 

Sweet Relief Musicians Fund/Rex Roadie Fund

$25,000

Sweet Relief created The Rex Roadie Fund  in partnership with the Rex Foundation to help ill, disabled and economically challenged crew who are facing financial hardship*. 100% of the money donated into this fund will go toward helping roadies, tour managers, stage managers, and all production crew who work behind the scenes. Contributions to this Fund will help pay for such things as medical expenses, housing, food and vital living expense such as utilities, clothing, transportation, program services and counseling. You may not know their names, but their contributions to music are critical; your generosity towards helping them is both crucial and appreciated.

*During the COVID-19 crisis applicants do not need to be sick to be able eligible for assistance