Partnering with Price of Life: Employing Music and Arts in the Fight Against Human Trafficking
(I’m sharing this post on behalf of “Price of Life”)
Imagine you’re a college student.
You hear about human trafficking – 27 million people enslaved in this day and age — and it breaks your heart. You want to do something about it but what can you do, you’re just an ordinary student?
But your campus club or church also wants to make a difference. You work together to plan awareness events. You’re inspired by art and music about seeking justice. You connect with other campuses across your city getting involved. And suddenly you think hey, maybe I’m just one student, but I can do something.
You get your friends, your family, your clubs, your church excited, and all these people cobble together their small offerings and together you engage over 10,000 students at campuses across New York City about human trafficking and raise over $150,000 to support organizations fighting it.
Even though you’re “just college students.”
And suddenly Restore NYC, the only housing for international survivors of sex trafficking in the Northeast US, can offer safe haven to more recovering women. Suddenly Nomi Network can fund a new project, teaching job skills to survivors and at-risk women. Suddenly World Vision and its Cambodia network can provide 1000 kids with school uniforms, making them instantly less vulnerable to being trafficked.
All because a couple (thousand) ordinary people did just a little something.
Pretty cool image, right?
And just like “just students” can do a big something when they work together, so can we, even though we’re “just artists,” “just moms,” “just computer nerds.” It doesn’t matter who you are: you have something valuable to make a difference.
Putting it all together and starting to make that difference: that’s our vision.
Who Are We?
We are a team of students, artists, and ordinary people from across the US, using what we have to fight human trafficking. We’re a small part of a big campaign called the Price of Life Invitational, spearheaded by InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, along with World Vision and a diverse coalition of other organizations. The Price of Life is calling students to end one of the world’s greatest injustices, human trafficking.
We believe faith calls and empowers us to fight injustice, and we believe in building barrier-breaking partnerships toward seeking justice. We believe ending modern slavery requires teamwork & creativity. We believe students can make an impact. We believe in the power of the arts.
What Are We Doing?
The Price of Life involves programming in every field – business plan competition, events about law and health care, interactive art exhibits etc. Read more here.
We’re musicians, so we’re making music.
Our music compilation is a soundtrack for the modern abolitionist journey, music to expose darkness and inspire change. It features a variety of artists who believe in using their gifts to create beauty and truth.
Artists like rock singer-songwriter Janie Chu, who helped an Atlanta coalition create a PSA aimed at ending demand for child trafficking.
Artists like Andy Mineo, who helped CCNY students get over 100 members of the Price of Life team on their campus:
Artists like Jonny Rodgers, who wrote the music for an anti-trafficking commercial for earthquake-devastated Haiti.
In fall 2013, when Price of Life takes on New York City, we’ll sell the album to thousands of college students in NYC, and through the national networks of Price of Life organizations like InterVarsity and World Vision. We aim to raise $50,000 to support organizations fighting human trafficking: Restore NYC, Nomi Network, and World Vision.
Who is Contributing Music?
Here are some of our partners – most contributing new music you can only hear on Exposing Darkness. Click through to their music pages & check out their sounds – you won’t be disappointed.
May 1, today, is the IndieGoGo campaign day for the musician Jonny Rodgers. Here’s a sample of his music to listen to while you visit the link below and donate to this cause.<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/59635438″>Jonny Rodgers – Everything Is Yours</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/user4493127″>Jonny Rodgers</a> on <a href=”http://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a>.</p>
Here’s the link to the campaign where you can donate any amount over $1:
What We Need
We only need to raise $5000 because almost everything is donated: Music. Some studio time. Art and design.
The $5000 you invest in our project will pay for mixing and mastering, to provide the highest quality sound; marketing, to get the word out further; additional studio time; so artists contributing songs don’t have to pay recording expenses out of pocket.
Our campaign is hosted by Water Mirror Records, Inc., the record company behind singer-songwriter and abolitionist Janie Chu. Janie is the leader of this project and has rallied fellow musicians to the cause. Her company will collect Indiegogo funds and cover album costs.
What You Get
We know you’re giving because you believe in standing against human trafficking and making beauty from brokenness — not to get a prize. But we’re grateful for your participation, so we’ve worked hard to come up with some concrete ways to show it.
CAVEAT: One thing you won’t see much of: giving away the music itself. We’re giving you just about everything but the music, so next fall the music YOU make possible can support the cause we all care about.
Special bonus: We’ve got a variety of promotional supporters “owning” a day of the campaign, spreading the word as social media partners. You guys are awesome and get a special thanks. Want to add your name to this prestigious list? Sign up to help us support the campaign!
Your gift helps prevent, rescue, and restore people trapped in modern slavery. Here are some ways we would like to say thank you. See descriptions to the right for more info.
Let us thank you publicly for your stand for beauty in the face of darkness.
- All backers will be noted in a special section in the Price of Life website’ Abolitionist Hall of Fame.
- $15+ backers will be thanked in album liner notes.
- $25+ backers will be thanked in daily round-up shout outs on Facebook.
- $50+ backers may offer a dedication of up to 140 characters describing their motivation for fighting human trafficking.
Party for Freedom:
Connect with other art-loving activists & be the first to hear the abolitionist soundtrack!
- $10+ backers get first dibs on buying the album & free tickets to the CD release party (fall 2013), featuring performances by album artists, inspiring stories from people fighting trafficking on the ground, tasty eats, and more.
- $15+ backers also get free tickets to our preview concert (summer 2013) where select album artists will perform new works and old favorites.
Details TBA; we regret that we cannot provide alternate options for those unable to attend.
- $15+ backers receive a free download of Dear John, a powerful song standing against trafficking demand, by the woman leading the Exposing Darkness team, artist-abolitionist Janie Chu.
- $25+ backers get a free digital download of Janie Chu’s entire album (on which Dear Johnappears), The Human Condition + an early digital download of select songs from the album.
- $50+ backers also get an MP3 of justice poet and spoken word artist Jonathan Walton performing works related to human trafficking.
Other Ways You Can Help
Can’t give money? That’s ok! You may not cash but you have a voice. We appreciate you spreading the news to your networks. Here’s how you can help:
- Sign up to be a social media partner and help us promote this campaign now.
- When the music is ready, we’ll seek your help promoting the album!
- Don’t forget to share this campaign with Indiegogo’s easy sharing tools.
- Join the Price of Life mailing list for monthly udpates on the broader campaign through Superbowl 2014.
- The fight against human trafficking needs all of us! Share your time and talent & make an impact through Price of Life.
No matter who you are or what you have to give, there’s a way you can be part of the movement to end human trafficking. Get connected with Price of Life here.
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