Based on Kim Addonizio’s invented form (the sonnenizio) and born from the ancient art of making mix tapes, Songenizios is a collection of sixteen “sonnets” from Michael Garrigan and Andrew Jones. Each songenizio poem starts with a line from a song (based on playlists they made each other), repeats (in some form) one word from it in the following thirteen lines, and ends in a rhyming couplet. A collaboration between songs and sonnets, poets and musicians, this mixtape chapbook serves as a way to communicate across different mediums during the Covid-19 pandemic. All proceeds from the sale of this chapbook go to helping musicians through the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund.
Michael Garrigan writes and teaches along the banks of the Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania. He is the author of two poetry collections--Robbing the Pillars and the chapbook What I Know [How to Do]. Twitter: @m_garrigan Instagram: @raft_man
Andrew Jones is Asst. Professor of English & Creative Writing at the University of Dubuque in Iowa. He is the author of Liner Notes (coming in Oct. from Kelsay Books) and Moving Like Dim Ghosts. Twitter: @jonesyandrew Instagram: @hopsjones
Poems based on songs by the following artists:
Mount Moriah; Smog; Marie/Lepanto; Cass McCombs; Trampled by Turtles; John Moreland; Woods; Arbouretum; Magnolia Electric Co.; Scott Hirsch; Hiss Golden Messenger; The Dead Tongues; Courtney Barnett; Joan Shelley; Steve Gunn; and Beulah
This Sunday, June 14th: The Sankofa Collective, formerly known as The Bayou Theatre Company, brings you #TheTakeback: Sankofa Collective's Covid-19 Relief Benefit. #TheTakeback will be a live streamed variety fundraiser performance consisting of a diverse lineup of artists both native to Houston and abroad. All participants are providing their artistic talents of acting, song, dance, comedy, poetry, musicianship, cooking tips, home DIY projects and even mental health and wellness advice for those in quarantine.
This event is for all ages and free to the public. Viewers will be able to donate toward Sankofa’s charity fund as they view the benefit concert online in real time. All proceeds go toward direct donations to Covid-19 relief entities such as Houston Food Bank, Education Based Housing, Bey Good, The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Houston and Sweet Relief Musicians Covid Fund.
Wilmington, Delaware's The Ladybug Festival, the Nation's largest celebration of women in music, has moved online due to COVID-19 to protect the safety of the artists, vendors, attendees, and production and event staff. We're so grateful to be one of the benefitting charities of this amazing event!
So far it’s been announced that Vanessa Carlton and Kechi Okwuchi (America’s Got Talent) will be performing, and Jamila Mustafa will host!
Tickets are just $20 with proceeds going to Sweet Relief and Downtown Visions.
This Saturday, June 13th, San Francisco band, and #SweetSupporters, The Happys will be performing via livestream to help raise much needed funds for Sweet Relief's COVID-19 Fund! Tickets are just $10, you can purchase them at the link below!
The show will be streamed via Pop In Here, a marketplace now hosting online classes and shows alongside non-profit organizations and donating 100% of the proceeds. Up until recently, Pop In Here's main focus was to connect fitness teachers with students in NYC by establishing pop up yoga studios throughout the studios.
Shopping at the Sweet Relief Merch Store just got a lot easier! We are now offering Amazon Pay as an option at checkout, making the process that much easier. This new method enables you to make your purchase using your linked Amazon account. Avoid re-entering your payment and shipping information next time you shop to support our mission!
#SweetSupporters Umphrey's McGee has partnered with us to bring you these beautifully designed face masks! A portion of proceeds from every sale goes towards Sweet Relief's mission to help musicians and music industry workers in need!
Designed by Irene Roth at @Greyivystudio and produced by Climate Masks, a US veteran-owned company.
"Climate Masks was created to help give back to our community. With the recent pandemic, we wanted to find a way to help those in the service industry that had lost their jobs. We have set up incentive programs in Dallas and Chicago. In addition, we wanted to give back to the music industry and naturally as fans of Umphrey's McGee we reached out to them. - Jake Runey, Founder of Climate Masks"
As an organization that speaks up for those that are in need within the music industry, on 6/2, via socials and this post, we step away from our usual music-related posts & only share info about ways you can get involved, learn about & support orgs that continue to fight for freedom. See all links below-
Justice for George Floyd
George Floyd Act: Petition for Law Reform
Text “JUSTICE” To 668366
Text “FLOYD” To 55156
Black-Owned Businesses on Etsy
Black-Owned Food Businesses in Los Angeles
George Floyd Memorial Fund
Organizations Working to Advance Black food Sovereignty
Resistance Funds Masterlist
National Resources Masterlist
Tools and Resources Regarding Anti/blackness
Virtual Mental Health Resources for Black People
SR's Aric Steinberg will be talking with KPFA Radio tomorrow morning (5/28) at 7:30am PST to chat about all things Sweet Relief! Tune in if you can, or listen afterward on https://kpfa.org/ !
Our very own Aric Steinberg, EVP of Artist Relations and Development, is featured on this week's episode of Working Musician Podcast! Tune in to hear Aric discuss our mission here at Sweet Relief, peer to peer campaigns, and how to stay grateful during these trying times.
We're so grateful to be the official charitable partner for A2IM's Libera Awards 2020! This event will have a stellar line-up of performers including Orville Peck, Big Thief, and Wyclef Jean. The Liberas will be streamed at liberaawards.com on June 18th, 6:30PM EST with 100% of proceeds raised during the broadcast being donated to artists and music industry workers in need, so gather the zoom crew and tune into Independent music's biggest night!