8 Ways Music Lovers Can Give Back

To say that times are tough would be a massive understatement. So what better way to give back than to use our collective love of music? From benefit shows to records, here are 8 ways you can help those in need.

1. Armada Fania Benefit Event

Fania is presenting a benefit dance party featuring sets from Oscar Nñ, DJ Bembona, and Uproot Andy. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to organizations providing hurricane relief to Mexico and Puerto Rico. Attendees will also receive a limited edition cassette mixtape curated by Oscar Nñ with their donation.
Where: Kinfolk – 90 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249
When: Thursday, October 12, 9 P.M. – 2 A.M.

2. Tidal X Charity Concert

Tidal’s third annual Tidal X charity concert is fast approaching, boasting a legendary lineup featuring Jay-Z, Cardi B, Jennifer Lopez, and dozens others. All net proceeds from the event will go to natural disaster relief and recovery organizations helping the victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, and the major earthquakes that effected Mexico. Tidal has also pledged to cover the costs of the cargo planes needed to transport donated goods to the effected territories.

Where: Barclays Center – 620 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217
When: Tuesday, October 17, 8 P.M.

3. Country Rising

Country music’s biggest stars are coming together to perform at Country Rising, a landmark benefit concert that plans to donate proceeds to the victims of the recent hurricanes. Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum, Carrie Underwood, and many more will take the stage of Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on November 12.
Where: Bridgestone Arena – 501 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203
When: Sunday, November 12

4. 7-inches for Planned Parenthood

The 7-inches Collective is a group of music industry professionals working in collaboration with Planned Parenthood Federation of America to bring forth 7-inches for Planned Parenthood. The project plans to release a box set of 7-inch singles by dozens of popular artists (including new or unreleased material from Bjork, Foo Fighters, and Sleater Kinney, among many others), with all proceeds being donated to Planned Parenthood. Digital streams and downloads
will also be available.

5. Beyonce – “Mi Gente” Remix

Beyonce has collaborated with J Balvin and Willy William on a remix of their hit single “Mi Gente.” Beyonce has pledged to donate all of her proceeds from the single to relief charities helping the victims of hurricanes and earthquakes in Mexico, Puerto Rico, and other Caribbean nations. The accompanying music video features cameos from Cristiano Ronaldo, Diplo, and many more stars.

6. Taking it to Heart Vol. II

Taking it to Heart is a series of charity compilations put together by Canadian Indie music label Treeline Recordings. This second installment, set to release on October 13, will feature previously unreleased tracks by Cloud Nothings, Traces, and Astral Swans, among others. 100% of net proceeds will be donated to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, a charity dedicated to advocacy, education, and funding for research surrounding heart disease and stroke.

7. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band – The Summit, Houston, TX December 8, 1978

Bruce Springsteen has unearthed a previously unreleased archival live recording from his performance with the E Street Band at Houston’s The Summit in 1978. The album is set to release on CD and in digital formats on October 9, and all proceeds will benefit the MusiCares hurricane relief fund. Some footage from the performance was previously available on The Promise: Darkness on the Edge of Town box set from 2010, but this marks the first time the audio will be released in full.

8. Keep x Real Estate limited edition Ramos

Back in May, Real Estate collaborated with LA vegan footwear company Keep to design a new shoe called “Keep x Real Estate limited edition Ramos.” Each pair comes with a cassette that features a previously unreleased track, as well as demos for “Two Arrows” and “Two Part.” The cassette’s first track, “In Time” is out now. Net proceeds from the shoe will benefit the American Civil Liberties Union. Listen to the nearly 14 minute track here


photo by: Brigitte Sire