On Saturday, May 30th, the Freedom Fundraiser Collective hosted a variety show via Zoom. With 20 performers and almost 500 viewers, we managed to raise over $14,000 in 24 hours to be donated to social justice organizations across the country. With faculty matching, the total amount raised has surpassed $35k.
UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
On Thursday, June 4th, The Freedom Fundraiser Collective working with students from the University of Michigan and held another show featuring UMich performers from a wide variety of arts groups on campus. Over the course of the show, they managed to raise over 11,000, and over the course of the next few days, they raised a total of $23,400.
When the news of the Freedom Fundraiser reached Lexington, MA, on Sunday June 7th, members of the Lexington community ranging from middle schoolers to middle aged came together to share art and raise funds for orgs fighting racial injustice. They have raised $64,000 so far, comprised of donations as small as $10 to a very generous $14k, and are encouraging matching efforts to double that total.
FREEDOM FUNDRAISER PRIDE
In honor of June being Pride Month, The Freedom Fundraiser Collective hosted a show that particularly highlighted performances by LGBTQ+ artists. With a mix of original songs, choreographed dances, and drag performances, this live zoom show was truly a blast.
BERKLEE SCHOOL OF MUSIC
In collaboration with students at the Berklee School of Music, the FFC put on another live zoom show that featured musical performances from Berklee students. They focused their fundraising on the Boston-based organizations Sisters Unchained, The BTFA Collective, and Black and Pink: Boston.
HARVARD BLACKCAST: GOD OF CARNAGE
Although students were away from campus, Harvard BlackCAST organized and performed a zoom-rendition of the play God of Carnage for audiences around the world. Attendees watched a live stream of this comedic, French play and raised over $10,000.
After seeing one of our shows, a high school student from the city of Wilmington reached out and hosted her own Wilmington Fundraising Show on August 1. They held a YouTube Live Stream featuring pre-recorded performances from the Wilmington community to raise money for the Loveland foundation, BTAC- COVID 19 Response, and Color of Change.