Musicians for Microcredit™ empowers bands and artists to alleviate poverty worldwide by partnering with Whole Planet Foundation. From digital downloads and tours to in-store performances and benefit concerts, we work with the music community to empower entrepreneurs around the world to change their own lives.
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The Quantum Collective hosts Southwest Invasion in Austin during SXSW every spring. The Quantum Collective is an innovative marketing group that works to expand awareness by building complementary communities to support artists, musicians, celebrities and consumer
brands through original programs, live entertainment and experiential events.
Southwest Invasion, a free concert for all ages over three days in March, supports Whole Planet Foundation by raising awareness and funds to support microcredit around the world. The Southwest Invasion Village pairs socially responsible products and services with performances by emerging and legacy musicians.
Southwest Invasion has hosted brands like FitBit, Zico Coconut Water, Clif Bar, Schwinn and Lagunitas Brewing and artists Imagine Dragons, Hanson, Kate Nash, Modern English, The Lumineers, Third Eye Blind, Suzanne Vega, Matisyahu, Pentatonix, A Great Big World and more.
Planet LA Records and Clamorhouse
Since 2013, Whole Planet Foundation has partnered with Planet LA Records and Clamorhouse to host a pre-GRAMMY® fundraiser party in Los Angeles, CA. Past event honorees include: Jack Johnson, Jessica Alba and Jason Mraz, celebrity designer Lauren Conrad and Whole Foods Market® supplier and designer Julie Chavez. In 2015, we recognized Chris Temple and Zach Ingrasci of Living on One for raising more than $120,000 for poverty alleviation. In 2017, we honored Olowo’n-djo Tchala and Prairie Rose Hyde for their work in Togo with Alaffia.[vimeo id=206119585]
The pre-GRAMMY® fundraiser party has seen performances by GRAMMY winners Ozomatli and leading artists like Meiko and Stephen Perkins of Jane’s Addiction. In, 2014, we featured GRAMMY winners La Santa Cecilia and artists Yuna, The Parlotones, Jesca Hoop, Charlotte Sabina, Amilia K Spicer and Jonny Kaplan & The Lazy Stars, with celebrity presenter Greg Louganis. Check out the videos from 2013, 2014, and 2015
GRAMMY-nominated artists La Santa Cecilia, and Rene Marie performed at the 2017 benefit, produced by Clamorhouse. Additional performers included The Reluctant Apostles featuring Katey Sagal, Chris Assaad and Givers and Takers. Celebrity hosts included drummer/producer Vince Wilburn Jr. (Miles Davis Estate).
Planet LA Records has partnered with Whole Foods Market stores in the Southern Pacific
Region since 2012 to support our mission through their Los Angeles Summer Music Series and March Showcase during SXSW in Austin.
The Road Less Traveled Tour 2017
During our 2017 Prosperity Campaign, Los Angeles-based Musicians for Microcredit™ Shani Rose and Katie Ferrara embarked on the Road Less Traveled Tour of Whole Foods Market stores on their way to Austin. They donated 25% of their merchandise sales during the tour, funding an average first microloan, and acted as ambassadors for microcredit during our largest fundraising campaign of the year.
University of Texas Harp Ensemble
The six talented young women of the University of Texas at Austin Harp Ensemble performed Music of the World and Messages of Hope in March 2017 to raise money to fund microcredit loans. They invited the UT community to listen and be inspired in the majestic Bates Recital Hall at the Butler School of Music.
The Ensemble and their director, Delaine Leonard, performed hopeful favorites like Stevie Wonder’s “If It’s Magic” and “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” along with harp tunes from all around the world. The benefit concert raised $1472.29 for Whole Planet Foundation.
Download for a Difference
Whole Planet Foundation® piloted a music download program in partnership with Inspire Entertainment and Four Winds Trading Co, to raise funds for poverty alleviation – Download for a Difference. Launched in 2013, Volume 1 has 17 tracks from: Bonnie Raitt, The Civil Wars, The Alabama Shakes, Ingrid Michaelson, Andrew Bird, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, Matt Costa, Josie Dunne, Josh Ritter, Tim Hanaeur, Phox, Tyrone Wells, Katie Herzig, Wye Oak, OK Sweetheart, Deer Tick, Ivan & Alyosha and Foreign Fields.
Inspire Entertainment’s founder and renowned musician Jimmy Dunne additionally donates a percentage of sales from his Relax music compilation CD in Whole Foods Market stores companywide to support Whole Planet Foundation.
Winter on the Rocks
AEG Live and Icelantic Skis teamed up for the third installment of Winter on the Rocks in January 2014. Headlining 2014’s concert were Jurassic 5 and Duck Sauce, along with hip hop legends Jurassic 5. Whole Planet Foundation had a presence at the event to raise funds and awareness, in partnership with the Rocky Mountain region of Whole Foods Market. Want to relive the experience with us? Check out the 2014 video.
On June 2nd, 2012, the 2ND Street District, Whole Planet Foundation and UBUNTU (formerly CTC International) invited Austinites to attend 2ND Street Soundcheck, a celebration of social responsibility, philanthropy and live music, presented by Stonyfield Organic.
More than 9,000 Austinites rocked out to emerging acts and artists who have graced the pages of Paste and Rolling Stone magazines. Brushfire Records’ Rogue Wave and Polica headlined the festival, with sets by Alpha Rev, Ponderosa, Seryn and Cowboy & Indian. The event raised awareness and funds for UBUNTU’s community development work and Whole Planet Foundation’s poverty alleviation efforts.
Aziza & the Cure
Symphonic Soul Pop duo, Aziza & the Cure, is devoted to cultivating a happier, healthier Earth. The duo’s debut album portrays the trials and triumphs of the first years of their relationship and has been called “Symphonic Magic” by Black Star News.
“We’re working to identify and cure our own personal ailments and those at large in society, so we’re elated to work with Whole Planet Foundation to alleviate global poverty,” said the couple. 1% of all Aziza & the Cure sales are donated to Whole Planet Foundation.
Whole Foods Market Southern Pacific Regional President Patrick Bradley offered to make his second album “Under The Sun” available at Whole Foods Market stores companywide, donating $2 from the sale of each album to Whole Planet Foundation. The album is contemporary Jazz Fusion with elements of Smooth Jazz, R&B, Urban, Funk, Upbeat Grooves and Progressive Rock, and reached #6 on Smooth Indie Charts (Independent Radio Charts). Patrick has also won the Sesac 2011 Jazz Award and the Future of Jazz – Album of the Year.
In 2014, Patrick released a new album “Can You Hear Me,” generously donating $1 from each CD sold to alleviate poverty.
The Green Children
The Green Children Foundation was established by two musicians to support microcredit, education and healthcare. Through music sales and donations, Milla Sunde and Tom Bevan successfully funded a new eye care hospital in rural Bangladesh, a project of Professor Muhammad Yunus.
The Green Children have supported Whole Planet Foundation through CD sales at Whole Foods Market stores, fundraising concerts and in-store performances, and have donated $10,527.