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Features, boston, nonprofit

Nov 27, 2014 10:00 AM

Amy D'Aureli

This Weekend: Boston Band Leo*Leo Gives Thanks by Giving Back

Leo*Leo (above) and The Dejas (below) will be playing the Animal Rescue League Benefit Concert this Saturday.

It’s not every day that a band celebrates their upcoming tour and Pandora radio rotation by donating funds to a local organization. Boston-based duo Leo*Leo, aka long-time friends Sarah Hope and Vanessa Wheeler, are making big moves in the "nova rock" (bossa nova-inspired rock 'n' roll) world, and are about to embark on a tour with Boston’s own Chadwick Stokes of Dispatch/State Radio.

This Saturday, November 29, they’re headlining the Animal Rescue League Benefit Concert at The Midway Cafe in Jamaica Plain, Boston. “Now that our music has been chosen for Pandora, we wanted to do something for the ARL – because that’s where our band bird, Meegs, was adopted from,” says Wheeler.

The Big Give Back: How to Work With a Charity (the Right Way)

Image via komu.com

Historically, when money or awareness needs to be raised for charity, musicians are key figures for events or social campaigning. It's in our blood to bring people together, and if that includes a great cause along with a great time, then it's a success for everyone involved. As a band, using your social media platforms or your own events as a tool to promote these causes can be beneficial, but it's also important to consider whether the cause is aligned with your brand and your community. Because if you're doing it for the wrong reasons (i.e. purely for self-promotion), then the goodwill you say you're trying to generate will undoubtedly come off as inauthentic. But if you're committed to raising awareness for the right reasons, here are some guidelines to help you out.

VH1 Save The Music Showcase in NYC to Raise Money for Music Education

Image courtesy of Deniece Dykes

Remember picking up your first instrument? Maybe it wasn't a guitar, but a clarinet  and it was probably at school. Music education touches every part of a child's life, from studies to social skills, and VH1 Save The Music Foundation works hard to make sure all kids have a chance to develop their own sound. Six lucky Sonicbids bands will have a chance to perform at the VH1 Save The Music Showcase at Pianos in NYC on November 6. Partnered with Sonicbids, this special benefit concert raises money for the VH1 Save The Music Foundation, supporting music education. Paul Cothran, vice president and executive director of VH1 Save The Music, spoke to us about the foundation and the showcase  and the unique opportunity for artists.

Features, nonprofit

Jul 31, 2014 12:39 PM

Kathleen Parrish

We Love How These 3 Music Nonprofits Are Helping Our Communities

Image via Sylvia G Photography

Music has a way of healing the soul. While many well-known music nonprofits focus on the importance of education in music, there are many nonprofits gearing their focus towards other aspects of music, such as music therapy, self-esteem, and healthcare. Here are three wonderful music nonprofits who all share the common belief that music can change our lives and bring positivity into our communities.

How MusiCares Helps Musicians in Need: Q&A With Senior VP Kristen Madsen

Ozzy Osbourne and Slash at the 10th annual MusiCares MAP Fund Benefit Concert. Photo by Kevin Mazur (courtesy of The Recording Academy/WireImage)

Since its founding in 1989, The Recording Academy's health services component, MusiCares, has partnered with musicians' health resources across the country and has played a vital role in getting critical health funding to musicians in need. Because of its large size and multiple levels of assistance, it can sometimes appear monolithic and a bit confusing. We spoke with the Senior Vice President of MusiCares, Kristen Madsen, to better understand the nonprofit's mission and how it helps musicians.