I am now in the process of forming a new 501c3 non-profit organization called Artists for Wildlife Conservation. We hope to be up and running and hold our first event in the summer of 2018. In the meantime, we’ll be forming the board, taking care of all legal aspects, and choosing our first fund-raising recipient, among other things. This is a very exciting undertaking! I will have a new website for the organization, so stay tuned.
My past experience with active fund-raising began a few years ago. When I received a sabbatical as an Associate Professor, at Berklee College of music, I decided to record six songs and use the CD as a perk to help raise funds for CROW, Center for Rehabilitation of Wildlife, in Durban, South Africa. I was very fortunate with this venture and raised more than expected.
When I retired in May, 2017, my dream was to continue combining music with wildlife conservation, to try to make a difference. Why should someone donate to my organization rather than directly to other non-profits? Because you’ll also be supporting those artists that are working in their own ways to help the cause. By sharing their music or making films, for example, we can project our message and try to get others actively involved. So, it’s not just about the donations, but doing something with our art which we hope will ultimately make a difference.
Please check out the Mission statement and description for our new organization in the works.
The Artists for Wildlife Conservation seek to broaden awareness and encourage active involvement in saving endangered species.
Our foundation reaches out to musicians, painters, photographers, writers, actors, film makers etc., as well as supporters of the arts who have an interest in our cause. Together we can create a strong community, making our voices heard through our art. During this time of chaos around the world, it is now more important than ever to help save our wildlife. In addition to taking donations directly, we hold fund raising events which feature artists and representatives of various wildlife organizations. These groups are already finding innovative solutions, working to empower communities, protect lands, and preserve threatened wildlife. Nature is the ultimate expression of art, and as artists, we hope to channel our passion by supporting these essential organizations and inspire creative collaboration.