NEW YORK CITY – On the day of Andrew Bird’s North American tour launch for the release of his latest studio album, Are You Serious, Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund and Andrew Bird announced a new broad-based partnership to raise attention and funds for gun violence prevention in America. In partnership with Revolutions Per Minute, a nonprofit organization that provides artists with strategy and support for their activism and philanthropy, the acclaimed musician is donating $1 for every ticket sold on his U.S. tour* (tour dates here) to prevent gun violence and build safer communities.** In addition to the ticket donations, a custom tee shirt design printed in orange, the color of the gun violence prevention movement, will be available on tour and also online with proceeds—after the cost of manufacturing and production—also donated to efforts to end gun violence.** Finally, fans will be prompted to take action and support the movement to end gun violence throughout the tour through social media and text actions.
Andrew also brings the Are You Serious Tour to Chicago on September 7th for a hometown show at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. Pre-sales begin on Wednesday, April 6th, general on sale begins Friday, April 8th. Tickets: http://found.ee/AB_ChicagoTickets
“‘Pulaski at Night’ is a song I wrote about my city, partially a love letter, partially the opposite,” said Andrew Bird. “I want everyone to be able to walk or bike the streets of my hometown without fear of gunfire. I want to help, somehow, though it’s hard to know how to do that. Everytown for Gun Safety is an organization that takes on this issue with the kind of intelligence and grasp of reality that it takes to make a difference. I am proud to support and I hope that their work can create some positive change. P.S. Wear Orange!”
“Andrew Bird has been breaking boundaries as an artist for more than 20 years, and now he’s setting a new gold standard for what it means to be a champion of gun violence prevention,” said Jason Rzepka, Director of Cultural Engagement at Everytown for Gun Safety. “Through his artistry and his advocacy, Andrew is making a substantial contribution to the gun safety movement, and I believe his efforts – along with those of his fans – will help save lives in our hometown of Chicago and around the country.”
In addition to support on his upcoming U.S. tour dates, Bird is a celebrity judge alongside Andra Day, and Malik Yusef for the first-ever Voices of Orange Competition, sponsored by Wear Orange, Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund, and Street-Level Youth Media. Wear Orange was created by Chicago teens who suffered unimaginable pain when their best friend was killed, but were determined to make themselves heard – so their friend wouldn’t die in vain. Now, the Wear Orange coalition is offering Chicago youth ages 15 to 22 another opportunity to lift their voices and take the stage with rap, song or spoken-word poetry. Entries will be accepted through April 4, 2016. Special consideration will be given to submissions about peace, nonviolence or reducing gun violence. The winner will receive $3,000 and will get the opportunity to perform for the crowd, which will include record label executives, at Chicago’s Party for Peace on National Gun Violence Awareness Day on June 2, 2016.
More information about the competition and entry requirements is available at VoicesOfOrange.org.
For more information about Andrew Bird’s upcoming record, you can listen to his All Songs Considered interview with Bob Boilen (link here).
For more information about upcoming North American tour dates, please check out this link.
*Excludes show in Atlanta, Georgia
**All sales proceeds for tickets and tee shirts are contributed to Revolutions Per Minute. For ticket sales, Revolutions Per Minute will contribute 85 cents per ticket to Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund. For custom tee shirt sales, Revolutions Per Minute will contribute a portion of the proceeds per tee shirt—after the cost of manufacturing and production—to Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund.