Allison

Playing Shows to Give Back to your Community

For most musicians, making money is the top priority when gigging, but there are times when it’s just good to use your talent to give back.

One way to do this is to organize a benefit concert or fundraising jam session. Whether you charge a cover at the door, or accept donations in a guitar case, make sure to promote the event in such a way that everyone attending knows that proceeds will be going to { Charity/Organization }.

One person making a difference in this area is Zoogle member, Adam Churchwell (Founder of TUN Records). He has arranged a touring show called The Interdependent Music Sessions, which are a unique live meets online concert experience. Fans at home, as well as those in attendance will be able to interact with each other, as well as the performers. The 2-week long sessions will take performers, as well as the online viewers, to Brooklyn, Philadelphia, Murfreesboro, and 5 other cities along the east coast. You can read more about it here: Interdependent Music Sessions

Way to go Adam!! We’d love to hear of any other members participating in something similar, so if anyone else has done or is planning to do this type of charity concert, please post below.
Posted by Allison on 03/11/2010 | 22 comments

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ornamentband.com
Posted by ornamentband.com on Mar 11 2010 2:33 AM
We're actually doing a Haiti benefit concert THIS SATURDAY NIGHT!!! We already got the buy in from the American Red Cross, and they will have their peeps at the show. We're playing with 3 other bands, so it promises to be an awesome night out! If anyone is in the southeastern New England area and looking for something to do, check out the show! Only $10 for 4 bands! The show is in New Bedford, MA! Thanks BZ for helping us ALL get the word out!
Second Time Around
Posted by Second Time Around on Mar 11 2010 1:08 PM
We are playing two benefits this spring for local hospital to help raise funds for different departments. We have personal connections to this hospital so we are happy to use our talents for the benefit of patients.:love::love::love::agree::agree::agree:
Legacy
Posted by Legacy on Mar 11 2010 2:05 PM
We play a March Of Dimes benefit every year. We're also in a rotation of bands that play for the American Cancer Society. It's always nice to give back :)
Revenant
Posted by Revenant on Mar 11 2010 8:19 PM
I play a LOT of benefits. We've raised money to send kids to the Mayo Clinic, money for Muscular Dystrophy and March Of Dimes, money for musicians hurt in motor vehicle crashes and, saddest of all, are the benefits we do sometimes to help families who have lost young kids and don't even have the money for burial expenses. Those are the benefits that hit me hardest. The first one I did in that situation was for a family, whose infant son was drowned in a flash flood. His mother had taken him for a walk in his stroller on one of Denver's bike and pedestrian paths. A freak flash flood overwhelmed the drainage and swept the mom and baby away. She was rescued, but the baby died. I called several musicians, newspapers, TV and radio stations, lined up a venue and it was an emotional roller coaster. I hate those the most but someone has to step up, and if not me, who? So I play through my tears.
3CK
Posted by 3CK on Mar 11 2010 10:26 PM
I'm teaming up with a Group of guys, and we are planning a Fest. for our local community. I'm a Gospel Hip-hop artist, and we currently run the ONLY 24/7 FM on air gospel hip-hop station (www.wlfq.org) and we are throwing what we call the Fusion Fest. (may 1st) This event will be held in a big park in the inner city, We have Gospel artist come out from all of the country (even some from Canada) and throw an all day event! This year we are bring out an entire Carnival with rides and stuff, because there is nothing like the for the inner city in our area. It's dirrected to provide a time of clean family fun, with OUT taking advantage of the people who come! :D
Legacy
Posted by Legacy on Mar 12 2010 4:12 AM
[quote="therhythmmethod"]I play a LOT of benefits. We've raised money to send kids to the Mayo Clinic, money for Muscular Dystrophy and March Of Dimes, money for musicians hurt in motor vehicle crashes and, saddest of all, are the benefits we do sometimes to help families who have lost young kids and don't even have the money for burial expenses. Those are the benefits that hit me hardest. The first one I did in that situation was for a family, whose infant son was drowned in a flash flood. His mother had taken him for a walk in his stroller on one of Denver's bike and pedestrian paths. A freak flash flood overwhelmed the drainage and swept the mom and baby away. She was rescued, but the baby died. I called several musicians, newspapers, TV and radio stations, lined up a venue and it was an emotional roller coaster. I hate those the most but someone has to step up, and if not me, who? So I play through my tears.[/quote] :agree::agree:
Dave Turner singer-songwriter and pianist
Posted by Dave Turner singer-songwriter and pianist on Mar 12 2010 2:20 PM
This weekend I'm doing a Help for Haiti benefit show at The White Horse in Black Mountain, NC www.whitehorseblackmountain.com with several other bands. Next weekend I'll be doing a show I love to do (this is my third year): Bands for Kids Sake at The Grey Eagle in Asheville, NC www.thegreyeagle.com, a benefit for Boys and Girls Clubs - regional musicians come to this show as one of their favorite artists. This year I'll be playing Elton John, doing an Elton/Ray Cooper thing with my buddy and drummer Evan Martin. These things don't pay money, but I always make new friends and have the satisfaction of doing something that feels like I'm making a small difference. The payback also is that I get my foot in the door at some remarkable venues - the Grey Eagle hosts shows by people like Chris Thile, Leon Redbone, James McMurtry, Iris DeMent, and other nationally touring acts - it's a world-class venue. The White Horse is also becoming known as a wonderful venue for touring artists. Doing benefits like this can certainly lead to paying gigs at places like these. Plus I meet other musicians and make great connections. And for those of you touring in the Southeast, I highly recommend these two venues - both great rooms to perform!
blackstarwhiskey.com
Posted by blackstarwhiskey.com on Mar 12 2010 4:06 PM
BLACK STAR WHISKEY ~ AMERICAN HARD ROCKERS....Have been donating 10% of all merchandise sales, every month to the Red Cross.... while still in rehersal for the upcoming tour. Personally I have had a page dedicated to helping those in need (worldwar4 child protection) for almost a year now, long before the Haiti disaster...come see what we`ve been up to over the years.... browse the site, leave a comment and add some America Hard Rock to your collection!.... Its a WIN WIN for all. KEEP SPREADING THE GOOD, MY FRIENDS!!! Wade ~ BSW ~ FLORIDA WWW.BLACKSTARWHISKEY.COM
minimalist babe
Posted by minimalist babe on Mar 12 2010 8:37 PM
I'm producing and playing an event that will raise funds for The American Diabetes Association next month. Live music/dance/comedy/painting/DJ. It's an awesome experience to produce an event like this! HELL YEAH to fundraising through concerts!!!
FESTERS FARM
Posted by FESTERS FARM on Mar 13 2010 12:11 AM
We try to do several benefit shows every year. We have done shows for Relay For Life, Women and children shelters and are currently trying to work something out with Operation Homefront to help support our troops. There's nothing quite like being able to give back to the community!
Kijana
Posted by Kijana on Mar 13 2010 12:14 AM
We are doing a concert on May 8 for the American Heart Association in MN to kick off their annual Heart walk. Admission is free and all donations go to the Heart Association. I also use a Yahoo tool bar to promote my music and the Heart Association. How it works is if people download my toolbar and do their normal searching Yahoo gives 2 cents per search to the Heart Association. Its cool cause its no out of pocket money and my music gets heard and the Heart Association gets paid. If you want one for your band or non-profit look me up. www.youngmanmusic.com Its a Free tool bar. Be Blessed
MORPHEUS RISING
Posted by MORPHEUS RISING on Mar 13 2010 1:59 PM
[quote="Allison"] For most musicians, making money is the top priority when gigging, but there are times when it’s just good to use your talent to give back.[/quote] Allison, As well as being the vocalist for Morpheus Rising, I'm still a serving member of the British Armed Forces and have served in Iraq and Afghanistan among others. I have lost friends over the years and know many who have been injured. Over the last year or two we, as a band, have released two singles in aid of forces veterans charities, including the recent Fighting Man which acheived #2 in the Amazon UK CD Singles Chart, and we're playing in 3 festivals in May this year which are in support of various veterans charities in the UK. It's great to be able to give back in some way, and doing it with something that you enjoy makes it even better! If anyone's interested in helping raise funds the single is still avaialable from: iTunes - http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/fighting-man-single/id336148037 Amazon - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Fighting-Man-HEROES-Poppy-Appeal/dp/B002U221XU and BandCamp - http://morpheusrising.bandcamp.com/ Cheers, Grae Morpheus Rising
Jean Mazzei
Posted by Jean Mazzei on Mar 14 2010 12:40 AM
Great job Adam! I'm also doing something of like mind. I'm touring with fellow artist Deborah Crooks on "The Great Idea Tour." Our mission is collect great ideas from various communities and reward them as we can. We are playing regular venues, as well as pairing with Lululemon Athletica. Our tour kicked off on Thursday in the San Fran Bay Area and will take us to Austin/Dallas and back. Tomorrow we play for the Andre House, a homeless shelter in Phoenix, and then Cup O'Karma in Mesa, where all proceeds go to battered women's shelters. Our ultimate goal is to raise enough money to fund some of the great ideas in order to foster community betterment and communication. You can read more about it at http://www.TheGreatIdeaTour.com. Great ideas everyone! Jean Mazzei www.flyingvenus.com
Talina
Posted by Talina on Mar 14 2010 6:59 PM
Talina, whose site is www.talinaworld.com is an 11 year singer who is overcoming autism, and her story is quite incredible. She will be playing at many fundraising events nationally and is donating proceeds to autism foundations.
Glenn Patrik
Posted by Glenn Patrik on Mar 15 2010 7:34 PM
As long as I can remember, and having been a professional performer continuously from 1968, when something bad happens to people, musicians have always stepped up and volunteered their time for any number of problems, usually affecting a total stranger. These causes have run from helping pay medical bills for children to helping pay for housing for a family that has lost their home to fire. Raising money for Jerry's kids to raising money to pave the parking lot at the local old folks home. During any of these events, I've never heard a complaint from the musicians. It's one of the responsibilities of whatever-level of success you have achieved. All of my life, I've heard it said that music is the universal language. If that is the case, and I'm inclined to agree, those of us lucky enough to actually speak that language well, pretty much owe it to the rest of the world to interpret it for them to enjoy. I've also heard it said that music is healing. I've seen this proven on many occasions. With these facts in mind, it only makes sense that music would, and should, be a large part of community relief. It's part of our job.
Allison
Posted by Allison on Mar 15 2010 10:56 PM
So many great events and fundraisers here!!! It's very heart warming. Zoogle members ROCK!!
High Avenue Band
Posted by High Avenue Band on Mar 16 2010 4:37 PM
Over the past 12 months we've played 4 canned food benefit concerts. We also played a fundraiser concert for a private school. Lord willing, In May, we are playing a free concert for the veteran's hospital in Richmond, Virginia. We look forward to giving back to our soldiers who put their life on the line for us!
theCAUSE
Posted by theCAUSE on Mar 17 2010 3:15 PM
On March 27th theCAUSE will be playing at D Jam the 11th annual benefit for Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. I am the D (David) in D Jam. We have a great time playing music with lots of local musicians who come and share their time and talents.
Five by Seven
Posted by Five by Seven on Mar 18 2010 2:57 PM
Allison, We are taking our tip jar money and donating every dime to the local troops that are putting everything "on the line" so we can enjoy our freedoms. These fine people are willing to give their all for our country and we all owe them our support. We started the "Tips for Troops" campaign to give back to the local men and women that serve our North East Florida and South East Georgia area. We are making donations to the Greater Jacksonville Area USO (United Service Organizations) to participate in the "Help on the Home Front" program. The money collected from the "Tips4Troops" campaign is going to help send packages of much needed supplies and comforts from home to our active duty troops in the field. The Jacksonville USO takes things like sun screen, lip balm, coffee, sunflower seeds, etc. and packages them in boxes destined for Afghanistan, Iraq and anywhere there are local troops in the line of fire. We've posted this above information on our website and continue to take collections during the shows. So far we've collected over $377.00 in a few short months. It not a lot, but they can pack a lot of boxes with the money that we've sent over so far! I encourage other bands that might not be "Living from the tip jar" to do the same thing. There is a USO office somewhere close to you and the idea had a lot of support from them when I pitched the idea! Anyway, I saw this post and wanted to let you all know what the 5X7 Band is doing down here in Jacksonville, Fl. Tom 5X7 Band
Jerry Jones Ministries
Posted by Jerry Jones Ministries on Mar 18 2010 3:12 PM
We are Jerry Jones Ministries, and also do many Benefit Concerts through the year for Senior Centers, American Cancer Society, Fellowship of Christian Artists,( www.fellowshipofchristianartists.net ), Women's Ministries, Hospice, and on and on. We don't mind. We love what we do, and those benefit concerts have afforded us other singing opportunities. It's just what you do in the Ministry. I think we have 5 coming up this spring. God Bless. Jeannie Jones, Coordinator, Jerry Jones Ministries
Mike Solo
Posted by Mike Solo on Mar 22 2010 2:58 AM
Hey everybody! On Friday, March 26, 2010, I'll be performing at a charity event for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). This all happens at the CnB Pub, 975 Cattlemen Road (between Bahia Vista & Palmer) in Sarasota, FL. I'm kicking off this event at 5:30 PM and the benefit / music goes 'til ??? I'll be performing along with some great musicians & bands ~ all for this worthy cause! A $10 donation gets you in the door and access to all the music & some planned surprises! Not only will you feel good from helping out JDRF but with the CnB's special drink & food discounts for this event you'll feel 'even better'! I hope to see you there! Peace, Mike Solo
CenterStagePhoto
Posted by CenterStagePhoto on Mar 25 2010 6:01 PM
My husband is the chairman for the Habitat For Humanity Chapter in our county and we're putting on our first annual Music Festival and all proceeds are going towards HFH!!! We have a band from NY called The Sunstreak coming down to Va to play for us as well as about 4 other local bands. We are still looking for a few others to join. We're so exited and can't WAIT!!!