Through the beauty of social networking, I came across a small charity/social action and awareness group in Seattle, Washington. Protosong was formed by a small group of college students with the idea of using previously unreleased music as a means for raising funds, specifically for creating sustainable water for individuals across the globe without access to clean drinking water.
According to their site, “unsafe water causes 3.5 million deaths every year, and 84% of those who die are children.” (link) Therefore, Protosong connected with One Day’s Wages Water Fund (link) to raise money to increase the number of people with safe drinking water and proper hygiene. But these websites speak for themselves, and I wont try to explain their cause for them.
Protosong’s music is Give Back. Get Music. Therefore, they have compiled a playlist of 21 songs from local musicians from around the Seattle area. For just one dollar, you received the entire playlist when the charity ends on October 18. The entirety of the donations received are passed onto the charity with a small amount withheld to pay the artist. Each donation not only provides water to those in need, but also supports local music.
Personally, I find this style of fundraising rather compelling, and maybe you will too.
Here’s one of the unreleased songs on this playlist:
Protosong’s site: http://protosong.com/
ODW Water Fund site: http://www.onedayswages.org/donate/org/odw-water-fund