Sometimes it’s nice to remember that there still good things happening on this planet and that it doesn’t take much to help make things a little bit better. Our community is also about helping each other and while we can’t change the face of the Earth overnight, there is always something we can do. Here are some good initiatives that have surfaced in the music community these past few weeks.
ENTER SHIKARI – Donate4Refugees
It’s no secret that Enter Shikari are politically engaged and vocal about what they stand for and the values they believe in.. One of their recent initiatives is their partnership with Donate4Refugees, as the band have become ambassadors for the organization. It means that they have pledged to support and promote Donate4Refugees‘ work in raising awareness about the challenges and difficulties that refugees have to face and overcome daily.
“Enter Shikari is proud to support Donate 4 Refugees as Ambassadors, as we believe it is always possible to make significant help, no matter how momentous the task.”
You can learn more about the organization and donate HERE.
THIRTY DAYS OF YES – A mixtape for mariage equality
For the record, functioning as a “one song a day” for 30 days prior to the general election results, “Thirty Days of Yes” is a subscription mixtape, developed by a bunch of great Australian musicians. Twerps, Beaches, DARTS, The Murlocs, Hockey Dad and many more are part of the release.
Australia has just voted YES for same sex marriage, in historic postal survey, which marks progress towards equality for the country. All the profits for the mixtape will go to to LGBTQI+ youth organisations : Minus18 and Twenty10. Subscribe / Donate here : https://thirtydaysofyes.bandcamp.com/releases.
George Ezra & Friends in aid of Mind
As mental health is a topic that is slowly being brought into light in today’s society, more and more artists are using their platform to raise awareness on the topic. Singer George Ezra is one of them and he has recently announced an off-show in December, in support of mental health charity Mind. The subject isn’t alien to Ezra and his latest single “Don’t Matter Now” deals with battling anxiety.
The singer was already collecting donations for Mind on his latest tour and the idea of going further with a special event took effect as a form of a charity show.
It is going to be held at Union Chapel in London on December 8th, with special guests (yet to be announced).
Ticket ballot will open soon and you can register here : George Ezra & Friends in aid of Mind
F.O.D – Hope For a Moment single launch in support of Wereld-Delen
Belgian punks in F.O.D have teamed up with some of the most popular artists of the punk and metal scene in the country (Flatcat, Off The Cross, For I Am, Fleddy Melculy…) to support Wereld-Delen through their Punk Rock 4 Life project. The project is part of a global initiative, called “Music For Life”, which is an action held by Studio Brussel. Wereld-Delen‘s mission is to help disadvantaged people and families improve their daily life and well-being (and that also includes refugees.)
F.O.D have released a single, Hope For a Moment and its official launch party will he held in Mechelen this Friday, November 24th in Mechelen, BE. Details here : Punkrock 4 Life: The party.
Hope For a Moment is available on Bandcamp.
UNFD team up with APRA AMCOS to offer mentorship for a female metal songwriter
APRA AMCOS license organisations to play, perform, copy, record or make available our members’ music, and distribute the royalties to their members.
The company has launched mentorship programs for female songwriters in 5 contemporary categories, including metal. The latter will be organized in partnership with heavy music label UNFD, who will commit to conduce meetings and mentoring from staff across the business over a designated period. In addition to this, the mentee will receive endowment to cover travel costs and work-expenses. Commenting on the partnership, UNFD‘s General Manager Maya Janeska stated :
“UNFD is thrilled to be partnering with APRA AMCOS to put the focus on female songwriters and break down the barriers to entry for female artists in the heavy music genre. We’ve built our label by finding and developing some of the best heavy music bands in Australia, and we’re excited to help to discover and support females to pursue careers within the genre.”
Details and application process here : APRA AMCOS female songwriters mentoring
APRA stands for the Australasian Performing Right Association // AMCOS is the Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society.