If you live in the U.S., you've no doubt heard about Hurricane Harvey, the tropical storm causing catastrophic flooding in southeastern Texas and southwestern Louisiana. Tens of thousands of people are displaced in shelters, properties including homes and schools have been severely damaged, and over thirty people have lost their lives.
For those whose hearts are aching for the victims of the storm, it can feel hard to know what to do to help, especially if you are far from the area of the country affected. A number of organizations have published articles on what to do and how you can help, which we've linked to below.
A few individuals and organizations are using their musical gifts to raise funds to send to those affected by the storm.
Below is a list of the benefit concerts we know of:
Houston Strong Benefit Concert | Tues, Aug 29th | Dallas, Texas
GAWVI at Roaring Springs Benefit Concert | Thurs, Aug 31st | Meridian, Idaho
Capital Region Benefit Concert | Thurs, Aug 31st | Colonie, New York
Relief Concert for Victims of Hurricane Harvey | Sun, Sept 3 | Baltimore, Maryland
Hurricane Relief Fundraiser | Fri, Sept 1st | San Antonio, Texas
Harvey Relief Rave | Fri, Sept 1st | San Antonio, Texas
Portrayal of Guilt + Bleach Everything Benefit Show | Fri, Sept 1st | San Antonio, Texas
Rockin' for Rockport Benefit Concert | Sat, Sept 2 | San Antonio, Texas
Other arts-related efforts to help Harvey victims & news:
Emergency Preparedness for Arts Organization Resources:
ArtsReady, an online emergency preparedness service by and for arts/cultural nonprofits
Below are articles outlining actions you can take to help schools, organizations, and individuals affected by the storm:
Our thoughts are with our Encore Tours directors and musicians, as well as all affected in the areas hit by the severe weather.
If you are hosting a benefit concert for those affected by Hurricane Harvey or the severe weather affecting millions in South Asia, please let us know. We will add your efforts to our list.
About the Author
Kate first discovered the power of intercultural communication and exchange through music on a month-long trip to China and Japan with her college wind ensemble. She's been hooked on traveling ever since and has performed with different groups in cities such Beijing, London, and Kyoto to name a few! Kate is a clarinet player and a passionate arts advocate with degrees in music, arts administration, and cultural policy. Kate is the Marketing and Communications Manager at Encore Tours.More Content by Kate Huffman