Fender Announces New Non-Profit

Fender has launched a new non-profit with various musicians, including Brendon Urie, Pete Wentz, and Avril Lavigne, to raise money for musical educational institutions and organizations.

Fender Play Foundation works with organizations, educators and artists to support communities through equipment donations, personalized instruction and artist experiences. Operating under the belief that music is the universal language that empowers self-expression and community building everywhere, the Fender Play Foundation strives to place these powerful tools in the hands of youth who aspire to play.

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Hayley Williams, Laura Jane Grace, and More Donate Gear for Auction

Hayley Williams

Hayley Williams, Laura Jane Grace, and a bunch of other musicians have donated some gear to the Girls Rock Camp Alliance auction:

Today, we here at Reverb are excited to announce our partnership with a slew of exceptional artists and musicians for an auction launching this Thursday, May 10 in support of the Girls Rock Camp Alliance (GRCA)—a nonprofit supporting more than 100 summer camp and music education programs around the world for female, transgender, and gender non-conforming youth.

Go Radio’s Drummer Diagnosed With Cancer

Go Radio

Go Radio’s drummer Steven Kopacz has cancer. A GoFundMe has been started in his name:

Steve is my best friend. He has a long path to recovery ahead of him. So many people have reached out with their kind thoughts, prayers, love and words of encouragement. Overwhelming amounts of people have asked if there is anything they can do to help. I wanted to start this fundraiser to give that opportunity.

Steve has the monumental task of healing ahead of him. I am hopeful that through this fundraiser we can raise enough money to take that burden off him so he can focus all of his good vibes and energy towards his body.

U2’s The Edge Helping Replace Lost Instruments


U2’s The Edge will be helping to raise funds via Music Rising to replace instruments lost in Hurricane Harvey:

Music Rising is raising money to help replace the instruments lost in schools affected by the devastation of Hurricane Harvey. We are taking donations through our partner the Mr. Hollands Opus Foundation. 100% of all donations go straight into our efforts.

Hurricane Harvey


The New York Times:

Tropical Storm Harvey strengthened into a hurricane over the Gulf of Mexico last week and made landfall northeast of Corpus Christi, Tex., around 9:45 p.m. on Friday. It was a Category 4 hurricane with winds of 130 miles per hour. It then moved offshore before making landfall again on the shore of Copano Bay, this time as a Category 3 hurricane.

It brought devastating amounts of rain to an area that includes some of Texas’ most populous cities. It stretched along the state’s Gulf Coast from Corpus Christi to Houston, and inland to Austin and San Antonio. Parts of Louisiana were also expecting heavy rain.

A variety of resources and links to places you can donate to help can be found below.

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Amnesty International Announces Sofar Sounds

Sofar Sounds:

Musicians, refugees and communities are coming together in homes all over the world to recognise the things that unite us: the shared love of music… and the need for a place to call home.

Sofar Sounds and Amnesty International welcome you to join us at small, intimate gigs taking place on a huge global scale in support of 20M+ refugees worldwide.

A thousand artists are taking place in this. I’ve seen tweets from Julien Baker, The National, Frightened Rabbit, and Anti-Flag. Definitely worth a look to see what’s in your area.

I’m Donating to RAINN Today

Today’s a great day to donate to RAINN, just throwing that out there.

RAINN is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline in partnership with more than 1,000 local sexual assault service providers across the country and operates the DoD Safe Helpline for the Department of Defense. RAINN also carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help victims, and ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice.

Support that which brings joy and goodness into the world. Support that which helps people. With all the evil lurking in the shadows, I urge everyone to reject it from our music scene.