On Thursday April 28th Bleu brings his new partnership with Artists Against Hunger & Poverty to Boston and needs your help!. AAHP teams with artists to raise funds and awareness for effective community-based organizations working to combat hunger and poverty. (You can find out more about AAHP & WhyHunger here). Bleu, along with his friends and fans will be volunteering at the Somerville food bank (noon to 3pm). Volunteers will be distributing food and/or packing food bags for distribution. All volunteers joining Bleu will receive a free Bleu T-shirt, guest list for his next Boston show, and a free WhyHunger T-shirt. Please RSVP if you want to volunteer! (For more details and to help spread the word visit the Facebook event here.)
“I’m excited to be working with WhyHunger and Artists Against Hunger & Poverty. I spend most of my days now in Los Angeles and Boston, and it’s easy to see where people need help when you’re living in a city. With WhyHunger I hope to help the fight against hunger in many of the cities that I travel to as an artist, and starting here in Boston makes perfect sense. Boston will always feel like home to me and I hope I can do my part to give back, and get my fans and friends involved to help me.”
But wait, there’s more!
Bleu will also be speaking on a panel On Tuesday April 26th for “Financing creativity – Microfunding and VCs” at Berklee & Midem’s Rethink Music Conference aimed at discussing and finding solutions for the current challenges of music creativity and commerce. His recent success with funding his latest CD through Kickstarter to the tune of $40K, plus his multi-level approach to his career as artist, professional songwriter, and producer gives him a unique take on funding creativity. For more info on that or ReThink, visit their website here.
Farm Aid 25 will take place at Miller Park in Milwaukee, WI on October 2nd. The annual event will host the usual suspects as headliners: Willie Nelson, Dave Matthews, Neil Young and John Mellencamp. Many additional acts have now been announced including: Kenny Chesney, Jeff Tweedy (of Wilco) and Jason Mraz. Making their Farm Aid debut will be Norah Jones, Band of Horses, Amos Lee, Robert Francis and Milwaukee natives The BoDeans.
Farm Aid 25 tickets go on sale to the general public on Saturday, August 14, at 9 am CDT and will be available at the Brewers box office, by phone at (414) 902-4000 or online at www.tickets.com.
Motion City Soundtrack is giving away grants totaling $3,500 dollars to three lucky winners of the “Give A Little Help” campaign! The winners can use the grant money to fund a project that benefits a charity or cause close to their hearts! All you need to do is submit a video telling us what your “Little Help” cause is about and what you will do with the grant money to help out those in need.
You can download an instrumental version of their new single “ A Lifeless Ordinary (Need A Little Help)” to use in your clip! There’s been submissions dealing with AIDS in Africa to literacy to community arts but the floor is still open so what’s your cause?
3 Grand Prize winners (chosen by the band) from the list of 20 finalists by way of top votes will receive grants totaling $3500 to kick start their cause plus a visit from Justin Pierre to give a little help!