More Musician-Led Storm Relief
In less than a week, Diversity Awareness & Wellness in Action (DAWA) distributed $32,000 in direct assistance to Texans impacted by the storms, according to an update on Tuesday from founder Jonathan “Chaka” Mahone. The Music Commission chair crowd-sourced funds over Facebook Live, divvying $50 emergency grants via Google Form to those in need. Mahone and wife Ghislaine “Qi Dada” Jean, celebrating the release of new Riders Against the Storm album Flowers for the Living this week, also enlivened a Sims Elementary distribution center with music. DAWA accepts donations on their website, Venmo (@DawaHeals), or paypal.me/dawaheals.
Austin Texas Musicians, the Amplified Sound Coalition, and Texas Music Workforce Coalition pooled volunteers to support an emergency distribution center at East Austin’s Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex in partnership with Mayor Pro Tem Natasha Harper-Madison and Council Member Greg Casar. For six days, musicians and music production workers handed out food, water, and supplies to long lines of waiting cars at one of many facilities quickly set up across the city.