Written by: Lauren Vukicevich
Every day that we play music, learn something on our instrument, hear a new favorite song, or watch a great performance, our lives are enriched by the vibrant sounds. Lately, one question has been on my mind: How can we use music to help others and brighten their holidays? How can we share our gift and knowledge with those who aren’t blessed with the same opportunities? After a bit of research, I discovered a few possibilities:
Why not record songs and donate the proceeds to a charity? A group of generous musicians in Michigan have made a christmas CD for No Child Forgotten, a part of the Holy Cross organization. Donations earned from this project benefit children who are victims of poverty, neglect, and abuse. You can find out more about this on the website: http://nochildforgotten.org/music.
Australian radio station “Triple J” has produced a parody of christmas charity songs featuring a variety of pop artists. While they made their song a bit silly, the intention is still to have something good come from their music. All donations made from the song will fund current projects of the Red Cross foundation, which helps families prepare for and recover from disasters. To learn more about Triple J and the Christmas Number 1, click here: http://musicfeeds.com.au/news/triple-j-release-2013-christmas-charity-single-christmas-number-1/.
How about putting on a show to raise money for a worthy cause? This December 21st, a venue in Nashville called The High Watt is hosting a holiday event to benefit charity. Nashville Saves Christmas will feature Tennessee artists to raise money for local charities. The low cost of the event promotes community involvement and makes it possible for anyone to attend the show. More information can be found at the website: http://mercylounge.com/calendar/venue/highwatt/2013/12/21/nashville-saves-christmas-a-celebration-of-local-music-for-charity/
What can YOU do? While you may not be able to record a full CD or plan a show by the end of this month, there are many ways you can get involved. For example, make a donation – no matter how small it is, every little bit helps! Give someone a free lesson, donate old CDs, or play music on the sidewalk. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or any other holiday this season, there is a way to brighten someone else’s life with your musical talents!