We'll make it short but sweet with this month's newsletter: Shows are still postponed, artists are still in need of assistance.
However you can support those whose work you appreciate makes a difference. One of the helping hands along the way are Friends of the Fringe at Cold Lunch Recordings, who are raising money for those impacted by the March tornadoes and the COVID-19 crisis.
Another way to support local musicians is to support them directly via website sales or via purchases from the likes of Bandcamp. If you choose to follow the latter option, it's worth considering saving your purchases for June 5 or July 3, where Bandcamp will be waiving all fees for artists on the site, resulting in 100% of the proceeds of your purchase reaching artists directly.
Given the widespread need right now, you may be experiencing giving-fatigue, but for those interested in participating in the city-wide Big Payback campaign, it kicks off today (May 6): "The Big Payback annually hosts more than 800 organizations and helps lift them up by providing tools to engage and encourage others to support the work that they do — the other 364 days of the year."
One of the many worthwhile organizations worthy of your consideration is YEAH!, who do phenomenal work with young people, enriching and empowering their lives through music education:
"Youth Empowerment through Arts and Humanities, Inc. (YEAH!) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable youth arts organization in Nashville, Tennessee. YEAH! empowers young people to authentically express themselves through inclusive and feminist music education. We co-create programming that values collaboration over competition and seeks to give youth the tools they need to create the world in which they want to live."
And as a final note: Longtime Friend of the Fringe Tony Gerber recently performed an at-home tribute to the late-great singer/songwriter John Prine, and we invite you to check it out on his YouTube channel.