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.
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!