Music Stars Support Students Advocating for Stricter Gun Laws Through March for Our Lives Movement

Harry Styles supports the March for Our Lives movement.

By Jay Corliss

Since the tragic school shooting in Parkland, FL last month, students from Parkland School and young people across the country have been advocating for stricter gun control laws and calling for an end to gun violence. Their movement, March For Our Lives, has generated many social media posts, walkouts, and debates about gun laws.

Now it seems that their efforts are inspiring musicians to take a stance on the issue. On March 2, Harry Styles tweeted his support by saying, “I just signed the @AMarch4OurLives petition, and you should too.”

The petition precedes the March For Our Lives event on March 24 and outlines the reforms that students will demand from lawmakers as they descend on Washington, DC and various state capitals.

Other musicians who have signed the petition include Hayley Williams from Paramore, St. Vincent, Justin Bieber, and Fifth Harmony’s Lauren Jauregui.

Recently, Sophie Hawley-Weld from emerging dance-pop duo Sofi Tukker also showed her support for the movement by rocking a March For Our Lives Sticker on her guitar strap during a Conan performance.

Rock band Incubus are also encouraging fans join the March for Our Lives event, and are offering the chance to win tickets to the upcoming In Bloom Festival in Houston and meet the band via Propeller by taking action and joining the movement to end gun violence in schools.

“As a band, we are so amazed and in awe of the young humans who have responded to the Parkland School shooting last month in Florida,” Incubus said in a statement. “We support you and we are so grateful for your courage and perseverance in organizing March For Our Lives and rallying the country to help end gun violence.”

Female-Fronted Music Festival GIRLSCHOOL Returns with Shirley Manson, Carrie Brownstein and More

Shirley Manson from Garbage will appear once again at the 2018 GIRLSCHOOL festival.

by Rachel Komich

GIRLSCHOOL is back for the third year of its eponymous three-day festival featuring an impressive array of music, poetry, panels and workshops delivered by female-identifying artists. The stellar line-up includes Shirley Manson of Garbage with The GIRLSCHOOL Choir, Jay Som, Kristin Control and several special guests. The fest will take place February 2-4 at the Bootleg Theater in Los Angeles and begins with a keynote address by Portlandia creator and Sleater-Kinney front-woman Carrie Brownstein. The festival will also host poets Shauna Barbosa, Morgan Parker and more.

Founder Anna Bulbrook of Airborne Toxic Event, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, and The Bulls, started the GIRlSCHOOL collective when she realized how few women were involved in the alternative music scene.

GIRLSCHOOL founder Anna Bulbrook. Photo: Charlotte Patmore

“I’d like girls to see that a happy and respectful community that includes people of all genders can come together to celebrate women’s artistry, listen to women’s voices, and have a really good time at a f–ing great music festival,” Bulbrook told us in an interview before last year’s festival. What began as a residency at a local LA club turned into a full-fledged festival with the mission of creating a positive and inspiring creative space for a diverse community to celebrate female-created music and art.

A percentage of proceeds from the festival will go to WriteGirl, a creative writing and mentoring nonprofit organization that promotes creativity, critical thinking and leadership skills to empower teen girls.

Tickets for GIRLSCHOOL can be purchased here.

Beck Teams Up with ASPCA for Adorable Poodle-Filled Video

Baby Mame and her poodle pals in Beck’s “Fix Me” video.

By Laura Ferreiro

Beck has teamed up with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) on the new video for his song “Fix Me,” the final track off of his recent Grammy-nominated album, Colors.

Featuring beloved Instagram baby Mame and her adorable poodle friends doing their typical daily activities at their home in the hills of Yamagata, Japan, the charming video is sure to brighten any animal lover’s day.

The video features Mame and her three canine pals celebrating birthdays together, wearing matching outfits, eating, reading and napping side by side, and doing several of the things best friends typically do.

For the video’s release, Beck has partnered with the ASPCA to encourage fans to make a charitable donation to support the valuable work of the first animal humane society established in North America. Check out the video below and visit to make a difference.

Leaders from Top Brands & Nonprofits Gather to Discuss Business as a Force for Good

(L-R) Karen Becker from TCNJ School of Business, Anna Lisa Lukes from Golden State Foods, Melodie Kinet from Samasource, and Chris Fox from Hanesbrands at the Responsible Business Summit West

By Laura Ferreiro

The inaugural Responsible Business Summit West took place in San Francisco November 14-15, bringing together top business leaders, nonprofits, think tanks and academics to discuss issues surrounding Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and ethical business practices.

Attendees included representatives from major brands including Facebook, Google, HP, Levi Strauss, Hanesbrands, Timberland and Target, and nonprofits including United Way, World Vision, Project Wet Foundation, the UN Global Compact and more. The conference, which was organized by the Ethical Corp, tackled important issues including the business value of social impact, how to scale up social impact through partner collaborations, leveraging social purpose as a recruitment tool, and how to realign established businesses around social impact.

On Day 1, a compelling panel on how to effectively educate colleagues about the value of CSR brought together reps from Google, Intuit, and Edelman public relations. Diane Wakeley Solinger, Director of, said that Google is investing $1 billion in three major social good areas: education, economic opportunity, and inclusion and social justice. Google is providing funding, volunteers and tools to innovative nonprofits to help them further their work, and this is a key pillar of Google’s business. Solinger admitted that it can be challenging to bring Google’s 80,000 employees along on this journey and to get everyone to feel a part of the social mission. She added that Google would welcome the opportunity to collaborate with other tech companies on social good initiatives to broaden their impact. “We go insular too often,” she said.

John D. Edelman explained that Edelman is also “on a journey to embed corporate citizenship and sustainability into everything we do.” In order to do so most effectively, the PR and marketing firm did a survey to find out which Sustainable Development Goals its employees cared about most, and is targeting its social good efforts to address those issues.

Another compelling panel examined the very important business value of social purpose. HP’s Director of Human Rights and Supply Chain Responsibility Annukka Dickens explained how HP is working across industry borders to make an impact, and showed a video about a program that HP implemented to buy recycled plastics from Haiti to make its printer cartridges while also helping local Haitians to earn money by collecting plastic bottles for recycling and transforming waste into useful products, making it a win-win for everyone involved. Watch the video below:

Zendesk’s VP of Social Impact Tiffany Apczynski said that she hopes CSR departments will be on par with other key operational departments like Human Resources at companies going forward, and mentioned that it has been proven that CSR is closely linked to employee contentment.

On the second day of the conference, an External Keynote discussion about the need for businesses to go beyond compliance was delivered by Michael Kobori, Vice President of Sustainability for Levi Strauss and Marcel Jacobs, Director of Supplier Sustainability for Philips Group.

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Cancer-Fighting Virtual Music Festival Returns with Ed Sheeran, Nick Jonas, The Breeders — Exclusive Vance Joy Video Premiere

Vance Joy performs from bed for Bedstock 2017

 By Rachel Komich &
Laura Ferreiro

Ed Sheeran, Nick Jonas, The Breeders, Iron and Wine, Vance Joy and several other musicians are back for the fourth annual Bedstock – a virtual music festival in which artists perform from their beds to raise funds and awareness for kids fighting cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. The artists are playing music from their beds in solidarity with seriously ill kids who have to spend their holiday season in hospital beds. Approximately 100 artists are taking part in this virtual festival to raise money for MyMusicRx, the “music as medicine” program affiliated with the Children’s Cancer Association (CCA).

Ed Sheeran performs from his bed for Bedstock 2017

This year’s theme is “Bigger and BEDDER,” due to the addition of a new inclusive feature that asks the audience for their participation. With the hashtag #BedStockChallenge, anyone can be part of Bedstock by adding their own performance to social media and encouraging their friends to do the same.

“Bedstock is an incredible showcase for the kids we have the privilege to serve and for our passionate belief that joy matters and music heals,” said Regina Ellis, founder and CEO of CCA. “By literally playing from bed, artists and their fans can join MyMusicRx in making a difference right now in the lives of children and teens in the fight of their lives against cancer and other devastating diagnoses.”

Over the past four years, artists including Jack Johnson, Panic! At the Disco, Moby, Norah Jones, Tegan and Sara, Jim James, X Ambassadors, The Decembrists, Lucius, and BøRNS have all gotten cozy for Bedstock and helped raise more than $95,000 to continue MyMusicRx’s mission of providing bedside and online music medicine programs nationwide through 25 pediatric hospitals. The program began more than 20 years ago with a vision to bring joy and stress-relief to patients of all ages and diagnoses through music.

The Breeders perform for Bedstock

“I’m excited to be performing from bed for Bedstock this year and hope that my fans and social followers will join me in supporting such an amazing cause,” said Jonas. “To play in bed for hospitalized kids who can’t get out of theirs is an incredible honor that I am proud to be a part of.”

Event sponsors and partners include Nike, Atlantic Records, Ace Hotel, Pandora, Sonos, Stumptown Coffee Roasters, and more.

Watch the exclusive premiere of Australian singer-songwriter Vance Joy performing his hit “Riptide” from bed below. For a full lineup and to watch all of the performances, go to

The Killers and Imagine Dragons to Headline Las Vegas Shooting Benefit Show

The Killers

By Kaylee Muchow

A benefit concert will be held next month to help the victims of the recent Las Vegas shooting massacre. The benefit will be held December 1 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and will be headlined by Las Vegas natives The Killers and Imagine Dragons. Other performers include Boyz II Men, Cirque de Soleil performers, Penn and Teller, magician David Copperfield, and more that will be announced soon.

The benefit concert will aid people impacted by the tragic shooting, which took place October 1 in which a gunman shot and killed 58 people and injured more than 500 others at the Route 91 Harvest music festival on the Las Vegas strip before killing himself.

Tickets are available here and range from $75 to $125. Proceeds will go towards benefitting the Las Vegas Victims Fund. If you want to help in other ways, you can donate to the National Compassion Fund by texting VEGAS to 20222 to give $10. Your donation will go directly towards those who were affected by the Las Vegas shooting.

Businesses and Musicians Including Metallica and Dave Matthews Come Together to Support Bay Area Fire Victims


By James Pleasant

In response to the firestorms that recently devastated the North Bay area in California, several businesses and musicians have banded together to form Band Together Bay Area – a coalition including Kaiser Permanente, Google, the San Francisco Giants, Levi Strauss Foundation, and Live Nation – to support those affected by the deadliest and most destructive firestorm in California history.

In addition to raising more than $6.5 million from corporate sponsors and donors, Band Together Bay area will host a benefit concert on Thursday, November 9 at AT&T Park in San Francisco, with headliners including Metallica, Dave Matthews, G-Eazy, and more. One hundred percent of the proceeds for this concert will go the Tipping Point Emergency Relief Fund in order to provide housing, food, education, healthcare, and other services to low-income communities devastated by the firestorm.

“Our neighbors in the North Bay have shown incredible strength as a community, and Google is proud to support Band Together Bay Area to help bring critical resources, funding, and support for those affected by the devastating wildfires in Northern California,” said Google VP Jacqueline Fuller.

“The recent tragic events up in Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino Counties have left us all saddened,” said Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich in a video promoting the concert.

“We’re here to help as much as we can, and this concert on November 9 is one small way we can do that.”

The firestorm has burned almost 200,000 acres and 6,000 homes in the Bay Area, leaving thousands of residents without homes or shelter. The damage costs have already reached billions of dollars.

Tickets for the concert are available at and at Ticketmaster. First responders, volunteers, and families that have been affected the fires will be able to attend the concert free of charge.

To learn more about Band Together Bay Area, click here. For more information about Tipping Point Community and their fantastic work, click here.

Linkin Park to Play One-Night-Only Live-Stream Tribute Concert for Chester Bennington

Linkin Park

By Rachel Komich

Linkin Park is hosting a night of music in honor of their late bandmate Chester Bennington on October 27 at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. For one night only, Linkin Park will be joined by artists including Blink-182, Machine Gun Kelly, Jonathan Davis from Korn, Kiiara, Zedd, members of No Doubt, System of A Down, Yellowcard, Avenged Sevenfold and many others.

The concert, Linkin Park & Friends Celebrate Life in Honor of Chester Bennington, sold out immediately but the entire show will be live streaming for free on Linkin Park’s Youtube channel beginning at 7:45pm PST on October 27.

The night will be the first time that Linkin Park will be performing on stage together since Bennington passed away on July 20, so it is bound to be a moving and emotional evening.

Linkin Park established the One More Light Fund in honor of their friend and bandmate’s enthusiasm to give back to others. The fund is part of the non-profit Music for Relief, which was co-founded by Bennington and his bandmates to provide aid to natural disaster survivors and to protect the environment. Follow the link to support The One More Light Fund here.

Joan Baez, Brandi Carlile, Dave Matthews and More Play Lampedusa Concerts for Refugees

Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle and Buddy Miller play Lampedusa Concerts for Refugees 2017

By Rachel Komich

A slew of notable artists have come together for a series of benefit concerts to help refugees rebuild their lives and to support educational opportunities for displaced people. Lampedusa: Concerts for Refugees features a formidable lineup including Emmylou Harris, Joan Baez, Dave Matthews, Steve Earle, Patty Griffin, Brandi Carlile, Buddy Miller, Lucinda Williams, The Mastersons, Lucinda Williams, Lila Downs and more.

The concert series, sponsored by the Jesuit Refugee Service/USA (JRS) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), will hit several cities throughout October including Los Angeles, Tucson, Albuquerque and Dallas. All proceeds will go toward aiding refugees.

“Education is a life-saving intervention for refugees,” said David Robinson, Executive Director of JRS/USA. “With Lampedusa, we hope people are inspired by the music and are compelled to get involved.” The Jesuit Refugee Service is an international organization that goes wherever it is needed in order to meet refugees, regardless of race and religion, to provide access and support for educational opportunities.

“I believe that education is the key to everything,” Emmylou Harris said after her trip to Ethiopia last year to visit one of the many JRS programs in 42 countries around the world. This is Harris’ second year working with Lampedusa.

Matthew Reynolds, UNHCR regional representative for the United States and the Caribbean, explained the importance of education for refugee children. “For children forced to flee their homes, school provides security, stability and opportunity when everything else in their lives is uncertain and unrecognizable,” he said.

UNHCR was established in 1950 by the UN General Assembly to protect the rights and welfare of refugees. Over the past 60 years, UNHCR has helped tens of millions of people get back on their feet.

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Guitar Instruction Pack Designed by Ex-Megadeth Member Marty Friedman Benefits Guitarist Jason Becker

Guitarist Jason Becker

By James Pleasant

Renowned heavy metal guitarist Marty Friedman is teaming up with Riff Axelerator to help fund the living and medical expenses of Jason Becker—a legendary guitarist whose career was tragically cut short after he was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, in 1990.

Riff Axelerator, a program designed to help guitarists of all levels learn how to play various rock and heavy metal licks, recently unveiled its Marty Friedman lick lesson pack which features 10 different guitar licks spanning Friedman’s expansive career. One hundred percent of the proceeds will go to the Jason Becker Special Needs Fund.

Friedman, who’s best known for his work as lead guitarist for Megadeth in the 1990s, worked with Becker on music projects in the late 1980s. The two guitarists played together in the band Cacophony, and on two of Friedman’s solo albums.

Marty Friedman and Jason Becker, before Becker was diagnosed with ALS.

Shortly after receiving the New Guitarist of the Year award from Guitar Magazine in 1990, Becker began to feel a lazy limp in his left leg before officially receiving a diagnosis of ALS later that year, and was given three to five years to live. Despite beating those initial odds, the disease eventually left Becker unable to speak, walk, and play guitar. He remains mentally sharp as ever, and is able to effectively communicate and play music with eye pattern technology invented by his father. Becker’s journey is chronicled in the 2012 documentary, “Not Dead Yet.” 

ALS is a crippling neural disease that robs victims of the ability to use basic motor skills and deteriorates their muscles, eventually causing death. More than 6,000 people in the United States alone are diagnosed with ALS each year, according to the ALS Association.

To purchase the Marty Friedman lick pack and learn more about the fundraiser, click here. To donate directly to the Jason Becker Special Needs Fund, click here.