Poverty is Real: Recent News

Hi friends -

2014 is in the books, and it was a great year. Our concerts raised more money for local charities than any year before, and we can proudly say we’ve donated $120,000 to our beneficiaries. In 2014 we worked with some incredible artists like Colin Meloy, Ricky Skaggs, Moon Taxi, Shawn Mullins, and dozens more. We held our first ever social entrepreneurship conference, discussing how the traditional roles of businesses and nonprofits are evolving.  And we opened shows in new cities (Charlotte and Charlottesville). We’re very proud of the trajectory PIR is taking, and we owe all our success to you, our supporters!

Someone asked me recently whether we can really make a difference fighting poverty by hosting music concerts and focusing locally.

It’s a good question.

Ciara Johnson used the rennovated computer lab at DCM to find housing, employment, and even got certified in medical coding!

Ciara Johnson used the rennovated computer lab at DCM to find housing, employment, and even got certified in medical coding!

We know now that we can have a significant impact on real people’s lives. Amplify Decatur raised $20,000 for Decatur Cooperative Ministry who has shared with us the great story of Ciara Johnson, a DeKalb County, Georgia resident that escaped homelessness in 2014. DCM took in Ms. Johnson and her three kids to Hagar’s House, their temporary shelter. The funds we donated to DCM went to support Hagar’s House, and $1,000 (given in conjunction with the Decatur Roatry Club) was used to renovate their aging computer lab.  Ms. Johnson used the new computers to find housing and employment, and even more awesomely took an online course in medical coding, which she graduated from with flying colors! We’re proud to claim a small portion of credit for her success.

As much as I wish I could,  I will not sit here and tell all of you that our concerts will eradicate poverty in America; poverty is simply too massive of an issue for any single organization or movement to eliminate. But, and we believe this to our core, we do trust that our efforts will: 1) Help great local nonprofits change real people’s lives –  just ask Ms. Johnson and her family; and 2) Show new audiences the work of our beneficiaries in a cool, fun setting like our shows can help change people’s outlook on poverty and charity for the better. By using our concerts to show people that making the world a better place is cool, heroic, and fun, maybe more folks – particularly the youth – will want to get involved in their communities.

2015 is going to dwarf 2014. We’ll post soon about some great upcoming shows, including returns to Gwinnett County (GA) and Asheville (NC). If you haven’t, please like our Amplify Concert’s Facebook page for updates about our 2015 shows!

We love you all, and thank you for your support!

- Spencer

 

 

We’ve existed for four years (since 2011). In that time we’ve put on 14 concert series in 8 different cities. Like any new business/charity, there’s been plenty of growing pains. But we’re so proud to let everyone know that since our inception, we’ve managed to give over $100,000 in unrestricted funds to the charities working hard on the ground to make life better. In addition, our concerts and promotions have reached millions of people, letting them know about the group down the street working to improve the lives of those who need it most.

The world is a good place, and there’s people who spend their lives making our world shine a little brighter.  Poverty IS real, but we can all make a difference, and we can do it first in our hometowns through love and celebrating those who give so much. We think of the people at places like Open Table Nashville, and Decatur Cooperative Ministry as heroes. Firefighters risk much (for very little) and save people’s lives. So do the charities we support, and we love them for it.

As we learn and our concerts expand, we hope to do even more good in the world. For every dollar given to us, we aim to use our concerts to Amplify those funds and give two to charities on the ground. Thank you for your support and love in helping us get here.

- Spencer (Executive Director of Poverty Is Real/Amplify)

 

 

Lenz Presents June 20-22 event to benefit Decatur Cooperative Ministry;

Last year’s event raised $14,500 for DCM

The fourth annual Amplify Decatur concert series — previously called the Poverty Is Real concert series — will feature a performance by Nashville-based indie rock sensation Those Darlins; an Interactive Kids’ Show with “Pete the Cat” author Eric Litwin and The Learning Groove; and a Bruce Springsteen celebration. The June 20-22 event will be held at Eddie’s Attic and is presented by Lenz.

Amplify Decatur is a weekend-long celebration of Decatur Cooperative Ministry (DCM). For over 40 years, DCM has steadfastly made Decatur and DeKalb County stronger by helping families facing homelessness get back on their feet.  Last year’s event raised $14,500 through ticket sales, sponsorships, merchandise, and a silent auction. This year, Amplify Decatur aims to raise over $20,000.

Currently, the weekend schedule is as follows:

 

 

  • FRIDAY, JUNE 20, 8pm: Jennifer Daniels with Steve Everett, and Marshall Seese. In true Eddie’s Attic fashion, this will be a night of monster songwriters bringing the very best in lyrics and vocals. Tickets at Eddie’sAttic.com.
  • SATURDAY, JUNE 21, 2 PM: The Learning Groove with Eric Litwin, Michael Levine, — the #1 New York Times Best Selling author of the first four “Pete the Cat” picture books — will perform an Interactive Kids’ Show with Michael Levine and Jennifer Daniels, fellow members of The Learning Groove — a music and movement program that promotes early learning with a focus on developing a child’s music aptitude, motor coordination, social learning skills, and language acquisition. Advance tickets are $10 for kids, $15 for adults, and available at EddiesAttic.com.
  • SATURDAY, JUNE 21, 7 PM: Performance by Five Eight — a four-piece rock band from Athens, GA. The band’s front man, Mike Mantione, has been called, “one of the most passionate, soul-searching songwriters [Athens, GA] has seen since the band’s inception 15 years ago.” Advance tickets are $10 and available at EddiesAttic.com.
  • SATURDAY, JUNE 21, 9:45 PM: Performance by Those Darlins — an exciting indie rock sensation out of Nashville. All Music Guide says the group, “deliver[s] thrilling song after thrilling song that’ll have you hyping them to all your rock & roll friends.” Advance tickets are $12 and available at EddiesAttic.com.
  • SUNDAY, JUNE 22, 7 PM: “My Hometown,” a Bruce Springsteen celebration, will feature local and regional acts performing mini-sets of Springsteen’s greatest hits. Participating artists include Claire Campbell of Hope for Agoldensummer; Drew Beskin of the District Attorneys; Chris Stalcup; Flint Hill Specials; Nathan Beaver; Rex Hussmann; Kristen Englenz; Mike Killeen; Spencer Smith; and more! Advance tickets are $15 and available at EddiesAttic.com.

Founded in 1969, Decatur Cooperative Ministry alleviates and prevents homelessness in and around Decatur. Their programs include an emergency shelter for women and children, transitional housing for families, veterans’ assistance, and emergency relief for families on the verge of losing their homes.   Their work has helped make DeKalb County a better place for over 40 years, and Amplify is honored to celebrate them.  More information is available at DecaturCooperativeMinistry.org.

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Amplify is a concert series that leverages the universal love of music to fight poverty and homelessness at the local level. Specifically, Amplify selects local-level charities combating poverty on the frontlines and host music concerts to celebrate their work and to raise funds for them. Amplify shows unite communities by inviting local businesses to sponsor the events and by increasing awareness. Most importantly, every dollar raised at Amplify concerts goes directly to the beneficiary. Amplify concerts are produced by Poverty Is Real, is a Decatur, Georgia-based 501(c)(3) organization that works to educate communities about issues of homelessness. Learn more at AmplifyDecatur.org.

Part of the June 20-22 Amplify Decatur concert series to benefit Decatur Cooperative Ministry

 Eric Litwin — the #1 New York Times Best Selling author of the first four “Pete the Cat” picture books — will be performing an Interactive Kids’ Show on June 21 at Eddies Attic with Michael Levine and Jennifer Daniels, fellow members of The Learning Groove — a music and movement program that promotes early learning with a focus on developing a child’s music aptitude, motor coordination, social learning skills, and language acquisition.

The performance will feature playing, singing, reading, and interactive storytelling. Attendees will also get a sneak peek into Eric Litwin’s upcoming children’s series, “The Nuts,” set to release August 2014.

The show will begin at 2 p.m. Advanced tickets are $10 for kids, $15 for adults, and available at EddiesAttic.com. Eddies Attic is located at 515-B North McDonough St. on the downtown Decatur Square.

Learn more about The Learning Groove, Eric Litwin, Michael Levine, and Jennifer Daniels at TheLearningGroove.com.

The performance is a part of the fourth annual Amplify Decatur concert series — previously called the Poverty Is Real concert series — June 20-22 benefitting Decatur Cooperative Ministry (DCM). Last year’s Amplify Decatur event raised $14,500 for DCM through ticket sales, sponsorships, merchandise, and a silent auction.

Amplify Decatur will also feature performances by Nashville-based indie rock sensation Those Darlins and Athens-based classic rock band Five Eight, as well as “My Hometown,” a Bruce Springsteen celebration night. Full details about the Amplify Decatur concert series is at AmplifyMyCommunity.org.

Founded in 1969, Decatur Cooperative Ministry alleviates and prevents homelessness in and around Decatur. Their programs include an emergency shelter for women and children, transitional housing for families, veterans’ assistance, and emergency relief for families on the verge of losing their homes. Their work has helped make DeKalb County a better place for over 40 years, and Amplify is honored to celebrate them.  More information is available at DecaturCooperativeMinistry.org.

Amplify is a concert series that leverages the universal love of music to fight poverty and homelessness at the local level. Specifically, Amplify selects local-level charities combating poverty on the frontlines and host music concerts to celebrate their work and to raise funds for them. Amplify shows unite communities by inviting local businesses to sponsor the events and by increasing awareness. Most importantly, every dollar raised at Amplify concerts goes directly to the beneficiary. Amplify concerts are produced by Poverty Is Real, a Decatur, Georgia-based 501(c)(3) organization that works to educate communities about issues of homelessness. Learn more at AmplifyMyCommunity.org.

 


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Poverty Is Real (PIR) is proud to announce its upcoming Charlotte concert event, Beatles vs. Stones — a battle of the bands featuring eight acts performing music by the two greatest rock bands of all time — on Saturday, April 19 at The Double Door Inn, with doors opening at 7 p.m. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Urban Ministry Center.

The Double Door

The evening will feature eight bands performing four songs each, covering their favorite works by either The Beatles or The Rolling Stones. Bands currently signed on to play include School of Rock Charlotte, Reeve Coobs, Dead End Parking, Little District, Yaddatu, and Toleman Randall.

Tickets are $12 in advance and are available at doubledoorinn.com/eventlist.aspx. The Double Door Inn is located at 1218 Charlottetowne Avenue. More information about the show is at povertyisreal.us.

Spencer Smith, Executive Director of PIR, says the event’s beneficiary, the Urban Ministry Center, was identified as a key player in the fight against poverty within the Charlotte community. “They are the perfect example of an organization effectively fight poverty on the local level,” said Smith. “We’re thrilled to be supporting such an amazing organization.”

The Urban Ministry Center is a local, interfaith organization dedicated to bringing the community together to end homelessness, one life at a time. The Center serves 500 to 600 homeless individuals in the Charlotte area each day, and provides services including basic aid, permanent supportive housing, temporary shelter, enrichment programs, substance abuse treatment, and community education. For more information, visit urbanministrycenter.org.