Save Our Music Nonprofit from Coronavirus Fallout

by Herizon Music Foundation
Save Our Music Nonprofit from Coronavirus Fallout
Save Our Music Nonprofit from Coronavirus Fallout
Save Our Music Nonprofit from Coronavirus Fallout
Save Our Music Nonprofit from Coronavirus Fallout
Save Our Music Nonprofit from Coronavirus Fallout
Save Our Music Nonprofit from Coronavirus Fallout

Hello Friends!

We are gearing up for our 2020 Year-End Campaign, which begins December 1, 2020. As a result, we are merging "Save Our Music Nonprofit" project into the Year-End Campaign so we're all focused on the same goal and to avoid any confusion. 

The theme of our final 2020 campaign is "Be An Angel, Give A Girl Wings." The healing power of music is real! Herizon Music's programs uplift adolescent girls who are suffering now more than ever from isolation, depression, and anxiety due to COVID-19. Our 2020 Rising Star Izzy Jane knows first hand about the healing power of music and shares her story (in her own words) in our feature video. She is so brave!

Watch the video here.

Thanks to your support, we *survived* 2020 and plan to start 2021 on a high note!  Donate on December 1 (this Tuesday) and GlobalGiving will match a percentage of your gift. Contributions submitted before New Year's Day will go toward our year-end goal.  

Donate here.

Recurring monthly donations have maximum impact per dollar and is a budget-friendly option. If you already have a recurring plan and would like to raise your monthly gift, now would be the best time to do so. Just log in to your account and update your monthly amount.  

Herizon Music has so many musical events, podcast episodes, and educational series planned for the new year, so stay tuned! Our whole team is grateful that you are a part of our band of dreamers, rule breakers, and rockstars. 

Rock on!

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Greetings from Austin, Texas!

Welcome to our quarterly GlobalGiving donor report which lets you know how your gifts to Herizon Music Foundation are uplifting the next generation of women in music. Given these uncertain times, your support counts more than ever. And here's why...

Intitially, Herizon Music's 2020 major fundraisers were scheduled for music festivals. COVID-19 changed everything and forced a hard shift. Our team scrambled to make backup event plans in hopes the summer would see everything "back to normal." Thanks to your on-going support, we didn't give up. And we identified a need in the market for a program that would be pandemic proof. More on that in a moment.   

Here is what we've accomplished since the beginning of this summer:

Backstage Chats with Women In Music podcast

We've launched 5 podcast episodes since "shelter in place" started. We have remotely recorded 8 more episodes with guests that are in production, including: 

- Two female guitar techs who work side-by-side (just launched, listen here)

- The founder of the first all-female Grateful Dead cover band

- A 16-year old singer/songwriter who is battling cancer

- An immigrant violinst who played Carnegie Hall and with the first all-female mariachi band.

These trailblazers and rising stars have stories you don't want to miss. Sign up for new episode announcements on our newsletter.

Hosted our first virtual live event.  

We uplift women through education, experience, and role-modeling programs. Part of getting experience for musicians is performing in front of an audience. We hired Izzy Jane for the Kendra Scott Gives Back event. She's an 8th grader in Austin, TX, who attends music camp at Girls Rock Austin (one of our scholarship grant beneficiaries). She knocked it out of the park with original and cover songs. There wasn't a dry eye in the Zoom room when she shared the story behind her song "Under Your Spell," which you can watch here on Youtube. Izzy was a professional from our first email to our dress rehearsal to our followup communications. If she is what the future of women in music have in store for us, the future is indeed bright!

Pandemic-Proof Education Program

Due to the pandemic, we identified a hole in the market that needs to be filled. Young women need a music business education program that's accessible anywhere, anytime. We've teamed up with mentors and educators to develop a pilot series designed specifically for future music business leaders. The plan is to develop the 5-episode pilot by early 2021. This is an innovative, fun, and practical series that women can act upon immediately while they build a community of peers. 

As always, your help is welcomed and appreciated. GlobalGiving is hosting "Little By Little" Week now through Friday. GlobalGiving will match 50% of your donation up to $50. It's the perfect time to start a recurring monthly donation plan that fits your budget. Recurring gifts have the highest impact because they help us better plan and support our rising stars. If you have questions about donations, please contact me directly.

One Last Thought

I want to leave you with a quote from our podcast interview with modern folk artist Ali Dineen.  It's a powerful statement for our times. 

No matter how long we’ve got, we need to love and fight relentlessly for one another."

Thank you for joining our band of dreamers, rule breakers, and rock stars. It's a new day for women in music!
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Dr. Neyman's team sporting BCF bandanas!
Dr. Neyman's team sporting BCF bandanas!

Hello from Austin, Texas!

While 2020 has thrown some major curveballs at us, Backstage Chats Foundation is still forging ahead. And we have you to thank for believing in our cause to uplift the next generation of female musicmakers. 

The cancellation of SXSW and subsequent fundraising events forced us to "stop, drop, and pivot" in an unexpected twist to the sweeping COVID-19 pandemic.  After learning that so many essential workers were scrambling for protective equipment, our board of directors jumped into action. We donated over 400 bandanas (originally created for the cancelled fundraising events) to healthcare and food service providers. That's a $6,000 retail value of gear that went where it is needed most. 

Here is a short but sweet video about how we made that happen and which organizations benefitted. Above is Dr. Sherry Neyman's team at Rennaissance Women's Group. They hand out BCF bandanas to patients who may have forgotten their masks so they can keep their appointments. How cool is that? 

I'll be honest, this year hasn't been easy for anyone. And our fundraising investments still need to be recouped to get us back on track. If you're able to pitch in just $10 per month or more using GlobalGiving's recurring payment system, it will make all the difference in the world for musicmakers who need our support now more than ever. The good news? We're developing a mobile music educational program just for teen girls that is gauranteed to be pandemic proof.  Stay tuned for updates on that in the future.

Meanwhile, stay safe and enjoy listening to our new pandemic playlist "Anywhere But Home" on Spotify!

Rock on,

Thea Wood, President

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Herizon Music Foundation

Location: Austin, TX - USA
Facebook: Facebook Page
Project Leader:
Thea Wood
Austin, TX United States

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