Nat Osborn is one of many indie artists proving you don't have to be as connected as Taylor Swift to make Taylor Swift-like charitable actions. (Photo by Alison Balletta)
Song lyrics, at their core, are a collection of passions. "As musicians, we write and express our emotions through our music," Sick of Sarah drummer Jessica Forsythe explains. "We write about heartbreak, pain, love, anger, cats, dogs, life... it's how we express ourselves. It's our release. Music reaches the mind and heart in a way that’s undeniable. It helps people get through different challenges in their life."
With that in mind, it's no surprise that many artists have causes they support. The connection is an obvious one, as Hello Dollface frontwoman Ashley Edwards points out. "Great, timeless artists reveal meaning and purpose by beautifying and creating deeper meaning in everyday life, and many social movements have been inspired by compelling artists and musicians that inspire people to take action."
Being that music can spark social change, it only makes sense to bring the two closer together. "Teaming up with an organization that has programs, recourses, and solutions for those in need can help get your listeners who may need professional resources to do so," Forsythe notes.
We've all seen millionaire artists publicly support charities, and while it may have been easy for someone like Taylor Swift to set up the donation of all the proceeds from her 2014 single "Welcome to New York" to NYC's public schools, if you don't have a major label backing you or a slew of number-one hits, you might be wondering how you can support a cause that’s important to you. Here are three possible ways you can make it happen as an indie artist.