After the events of the last few days, I'm donating to RAINN tonight. I hope others will join me. Thank you.
RAINN is the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization and was named one of "America's 100 Best Charities" by Worth magazine. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE and online.rainn.org) in partnership with more than 1,100 local rape crisis centers across the country and operates the DoD Safe Helpline for the Department of Defense. RAINN also carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help victims and ensure that rapists are brought to justice.
Relevant staff member Jesse Carey will be listening to Nickelback on loop for a week straight (Feb 16-22) in hopes of raising $5000 for a well for those in need. So far, $450 has been raised, and has 51 days to go. For more information, head here. If he wanted a real challenge, I'd suggest listening to Attila for a week straight.
A long time AP.net reader wrote to us this week to share the extremely sad news of losing his child only a few days after birth. A fund has been set up to raise some money to help cover medical and memorial costs. We're very sorry to hear about your loss Adam.
Treehouse Sound has released a compilation to benefit Keep a Breast. It features songs from Jody Porter (Fountains of Wayne), Hell and the High Waters (Ghost Thrower), Something About Death or Dying (The Gaslight Anthem), The Scandals and more. There's also a Kickstarter to fund a vinyl release.
Ice Nine Kills has released a new song/video called "Jonathan" that is helping to raise money to find a cure for mitochondrial disease. Along with the new video they have also created the "Blindfold Challenge" in the vein of the ice bucket challenge. View both videos in the replies and you can donate here.
Animal Style Records owner Matt Medina got married last month and made a 7" consisting of four cover songs to commemorate the occasion. Now, that 7" is available on Bandcamp for $4, and all proceeds will go to FreedomToMarry.org.
We got married on January 19, 2014, and with the help of our friends in Mixtapes, Born Without Bones, We Are the Union and Wolves at Bay, we released a 7" to commemorate the occasion. We feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to celebrate our marriage with our family and friends, but we recognize that not everyone in our country is so fortunate. We want to make the songs available to a larger audience and donate the proceeds to freedomtomarry.org...
Fun.are launching a campaign to raise $250,000 to fund a community health center primarily for at-risk LGBT youth in Detroit. The campaign will be run by The Ally Coalition, an organization co-founded by the band and guitarist Jack Antonoff's sister Rachel.
Our old friends in We Are Voices have released their version of "O Come, O Come, Emanuel," along with a video that can be seen in the replies. You can also download the track on the band's website for pay-what-you-want and the band will give all proceeds to Toys For Tots.
Dropkick Murphyshave once again collaborated with Bruce Springsteen. This time around the band will be releasing a new version of their single "Rose Tattoo" with contributions from Springsteen, and proceeds will benefit victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. The Boss was previously featured on "Peg O' My Heart" from the 2011 album Going Out in Style.
Michael Kennedy, drummer for The Wonder Years, is doing his first-ever 5K run for charity in Montgomery County, PA. "The Exercise Doesn't Suck 5K" will take place on June 2, and participation in the event is limited to only 30 people. Send an email if you're interested in participating. Kennedy said in a detailed statement, which you can read fully in the replies, that this is a test-run for hopefully bigger charity events in the future.
Yellowbirddd shall be streaming a live show, from his apartment, via stageit.com. It'll be happening Sunday, January 6 at 7pm EST. The tickets are 'name your price' and all proceeds go to Occupy Sandy. Get your tickets here.
In the wake of current events, Bayside are offering fans a limited edition, specially designed hurricane relief t-shirt. Proceeds from each shirt will benefit the Greater New York American Red Cross in their efforts to help those still struggling in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
Invisible Children's Musician Coalition is raising funds by raffling off the chance to win 1 of 5 personalized videos from Cobra Starship. The winner can request whatever they want (within reason). Watch a video in the replies explaining how it all works.
Paper + Plastick Records is conducting a series of eBay auctions featuring rare, out-of-print vinyl and test presses to benefit the National Breast Cancer Foundation. You can check out the auctions here, which features pieces from Less Than Jake, The Dopamines, Hellmouth, The Ataris, and a lot more. More information can be found here.
Engineer Records recently released Unity: A Benefit For The Children Of The Japanese Tsunami Disaster. The digital benefit compilation features exclusive tracks by The Gaslight Anthem, Moneen and Brian Southall, among others. You can stream the album and purchase the release here.
A number of indie bands from around the world have come together for Ready for the Sunshine. The compilation benefits Smile Train, a charity that provides cleft palate surgery to childen in developing countries. Pick up a copy here.
An AP.net user is participating in a bike ride across Massachusetts to raise money for cancer research. He is currently half-way to his goal. If you'd like to help by donating, more information can be found here.
Andrew W.K. will set the record for most times the word "party" appears in a song at Joe's Pub in New York on June 16 as part of a charity event to benefit Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research.
I recently got to speak to Eric Stone over at Peacetones, an up and coming charitable organization that helps find a solution to poverty by supporting talented and hardworking artists living in remote and developing communities through the use of digital media and e-commerce. Read the interview here.
Some of today's leading ambient and electronic artists are teaming up for a Japan tsunami benefit album, to be released shortly. Artists contributing include Hammock, Jonsi, Jon Hopkins, Helios, and The American Dollar.