People love to donate to a good cause, especially one rooted in music. If you’re trying to get funding for your organization, there are countless ways to gain the support of those willing to help out.
5 Incredibly Successful Musical Causes
Need a little inspiration to raise money for your musical cause? The following five projects saw overwhelming success:
1. We Are the World Single
In 1985, Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie collaborated to write the song “We Are the World” to raise money to help combat famine and disease in Africa. Countless household names joined in to perform the hit single together, including Bob Dylan, Waylon Jennings, Billy Joel, Cyndi Lauper, Huey Lewis and the New, Bette Midler, Willie Nelson, Smokey Robinson, Kenny Ross, Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, Bruce Springsteen, Tina Turner and many more. The song achieved overwhelming success, selling more than 20 million copies worldwide.
2. VH1 Save The Music Foundation
The VH1 Save The Music Foundation was created to help restore instrumental music education in communities. So far, the foundation has bought $51 million worth of new musical instruments, made 1,900 public school donations, helped 192 school districts across the country, and touched the lives of 2.3 million people.
3. The Landfill Harmonic Documentary
Paraguayan filmmaker Alejandra Amarilla and her team created the Landfill Harmonic documentary on The Recycled Orchestra, a group of youth in the barrios of Paraguay playing musical instruments made from trash. Alejandra Amarilla raised the money to fund production costs on Kickstarter, surpassing her goal of $175,000 by 23%, ultimately raising $214,129. The additional funds donated by an overwhelming 5,000 donors were used to send the group of children on a world tour.
4. Fender Music Foundation
Known throughout the world for creating high-quality drums, Fender wanted to do something to give back. The Fender Foundation was created in 2005 and since then has helped more than 187,000 people of all ages across the country keep music in their lives. An impressive 100% of every dollar donated goes towards helping music education programs buy instruments.
5. Murder by Death Kickstarter Campaign
The Bloomington, IN group reached out to fans on Kickstarter to ask for help in funding their new album, “Bitter Drink, Bitter Moon” and their request was heard. The group garnered the support of 2,618 financial backers to raise $187,047, nearly double their original goal of $100,000.
When Alejandra Amarilla first heard of The Recycled Orchestra, she was compelled to bring awareness to this amazing group of children. By donating her time and energy to creating a documentary on the youth orchestra, she was able to spread awareness for this incredible cause across the globe.