One of the absolute greatest parts of Warped Tour is the ever-growing presence of non-profits, activists, and charities. I had the opportunity this past summer to make some real friends who are working with passionately with other non-profits, and I wanted to take a moment and highlight the amazing work some of these places are doing.
To Write Love On Her Arms – Most folks in this scene know about TWLOHA, and it’s because they’ve done such an amazing job of bringing the conversation about depression and suicide to the music scene. If you are unfamiliar, TWLOHA is a non-profit organization which aims to present hope for people struggling with addiction, depression, self-injury and thoughts of suicide while also investing directly into treatment and recovery.
HeartSupport – Founded by Jake Luhrs of August Burns Red, HeartSupport is a raw and authentic community where no music fan has to struggle alone. We were super excited to be present this year when HeartSupport won an Alternative Press Music Award for philanthropy this year!
Hope For The Day – We were super grateful for Hope For The Day this year, as they were super helpful in getting us prepared for our first year out. Hope For The Day is a Chicago based nonprofit movement committed to utilizing music and the arts as a defense mechanism to suicide.
I Am Second – I Am Second is a Christian organization, and their staff were absolutely incredible, fun, and compassionate. I am Second is a movement meant to inspire people of all kinds to live for God and for others.
The Canvas Foundation – Dedicated to supporting and promoting art and creativity, The Canvas Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising support for under-funded art programs in public education.
Support Tattoos and Piercings at Work – STAPAW is a Heal the World movement aimed at raising awareness about discrimination of piercings and tattoos in the workplace. They have influenced hundreds of businesses, from small to major corporations, to change their dress code and be more accepting of tattoos and piercings.
Headcount – HeadCount was out all summer, serving as a nom-partisan means to register to vote. They work with musicians to promote participation in democracy, and registered hundreds of people to vote just this summer alone.
Keep A Breast – Keep A Breast’s mission is to empower young people around the world with breast health education and support.
Music Saves Lives – Music Saves Lives’ mission is to educate about the importance of blood donation and the bone marrow registry, sharing facts, educating and empowering youth.
MusiCares – MusiCares provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need. MusiCares’ services and resources cover a wide range of financial, medical and personal emergencies, and each case is treated with integrity and confidentiality. MusiCares also focuses the resources and attention of the music industry on human service issues that directly impact the health and welfare of the music community.
I am certain I missed a few. These are the ones that I felt I had ongoing relationships with. And they truly are amazing…all of them. if you have spare time, give some of them some love. Follow what they do. Because they are changing the world.