It is always heartwarming to see our friends in the music industry using their fame and fortune to further worthy causes. Last month the kind folks at Rise Records generously donated $5,000 to the Portland Woman’s Crisis Line. The non-profit organization offers immediate assitance to domestic abuse and sexual violence survivors. Rise Records is now encouraging musicians and fans alike to follow in their footsteps and donate to PWCL. We know times are tough and many of us are strapped for cash, but for as little as $7, you can donate to the cause and be a factor in saving someone’s life. Please visit the PWCL website and make a difference today: http://pwcl.org/donate.
Andrew McMahon is the brainchild behind two of the most popular piano rock bands around; he’s also a cancer survivor, philanthropist, and downright nice guy. Something Corporate, McMahon’s southern California high school band turned worldwide success, dominated live music venues and college airwaves for years before he decided he needed a break. Shortly thereafter the talented musician was diagnosed with leukemia. It was also during this time that McMahon was crafting music for a new project, the soon-to-be world famous Jack’s Mannequin. Throughout his rough journey, including a bone marrow transplant from his sister, McMahon kept all his fans in the loop, blogging often and making sure everyone knew what procedures he was undergoing and how he was coping with it. Cut to 2010, when Something Corporate has reuntied, Jack’s Mannequin is still conquering the airwaves (and people’s hearts), and McMahon is in remission and doing his best to raise awareness and money for cancer research, including starting his own organization- the Dear Jack Foundation.