Better Living 2014

     Better Living is an outlet created for musical and artistic expression, as well as a way for artists to work alongside of their communities to make significant positive changes. We feel that everyone should have access to safe, creative spaces to make and distribute art, and put value in the process of expression more than in the creation of profit. We hope to encourage collaboration between a variety of artists and organizations, and seek to promote quality and personal connections through every step of the production process. We recognize the invaluable effect of investing back into our communities, and aim to become more conscious creators and consumers. 
 

 

     As part of the pre-order for our newest full-length album Rooms of the House, we are inviting people who order to choose an organization in their respective region that they would like to support through their purchase. Each organization will receive a donation, the amount depending on the number of votes each receives. 

826 National is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping students, ages 6–18, with expository and creative writing at eight locations across the USA. The chapters include 826 Valencia in San Francisco, 826NYC in Brooklyn, New York, 826LA in Los Angeles, CA, 826CHI in Chicago, 826 Seattle, 826michigan in Ann Arbor, 826 Boston in Boston, and 826DC in Washington, DC. Together, the eight chapters serve about 30,000 students a year. 826 National also runs a college-success program called ScholarMatch. The 826 National mission is based on the understanding that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention, and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success. Each 826 chapter provides drop-in tutoring, class field trips, writing workshops, and in-schools programs—all free of charge. 826 chapters are especially committed to supporting teachers, publishing student work, and offering services for English language learners. 

The Girls Rock Camp Alliance is an international 501(c)3 coalition of organizations whose shared mission is to empower girls and women using the tools of music education to foster self-esteem and confidence. To this end, the GRCA promotes, strengthens, and expands services provided by its affiliated camps. GRCA provides resources and networking opportunities for its member camps, and promotes the establishment of like-minded institutions worldwide.
The Girls Rock Camp Alliance values diversity of age, race, economic status, gender expression, size, physical ability, developmental ability, musical interests, learning styles, nationality, religion, thought, citizenship status, and sexual orientation. We promote respect and do not tolerate racism, sexism, homophobia, or other discriminatory behavior or expression. 

Teen Cancer America is a registered non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of teenagers and young adults with cancer.
TCA partners with hospitals to create youth-oriented centers for those receiving treatment. These units provide peer support and interaction while receiving treatment at in-patient and out-patient clinics.

TCT is the only UK charity dedicated to improving the quality of life and chances of survival for young people with cancer aged between 13 and 24. Every day in the UK, around seven young people are told they have cancer. Teenage Cancer Trust funds and builds specialist units within NHS and provides dedicated staff, bringing young people together so they can be treated by teenage cancer experts in the best place for them. Focusing on the needs of teenagers and young adults with cancer, leukemia, Hodgkin’s and related diseases. 

Human trafficking is the fastest growing global crime, second in size only to the illegal arms trade. It involves the movement of people through violence, deception, or coercion for various purposes, among them sex, forced labor, and even body parts.

Stop the Traffik aims to prevent human trafficking, prosecute human traffickers, and protect human trafficking victims. The global movement informs and equips people to do what they can in their local communities to prevent and tackle human trafficking.

The Voice Project works to utilize the power of music to effect positive social change, promote human rights and defend freedom of expression around the globe. The Voice Project's work has included building broadcast stations and recording songs of reconciliation to beacon home child soldiers in central Africa, promoting music and cultural resurgence in Afghanistan as a bulwark against Taliban repression, supporting Arab-Israeli youth musician collaborations, and most recently, working with Pussy Riot to secure the freedom of their imprisoned members while keeping the women supplied and monitored for safety during their incarceration.

headspace provides mental health and wellbeing support, information and services to young people aged 12 - 25 through a national network of 56 headspace centres and an online and telephone support service eheadspace.headspace can help young people with general health, mental health, education or employment and alcohol and other drug services.

 

With a 21 year history behind it, Contact Inc collaborates creatively with other organisations to help a diverse group of people, addressing a broad range of issues and focussing on communities affected by violence, vulnerability and marginalization. Their objective is to assist communities, specifically minority groups, by empowering their young people as agents of change via arts programmes.

Based in Brisbane, Backbone creates local, regional and interstate projects, driven by creative risk, contemporary aesthetic and artistic excellence. They offer a dynamic platform of cultural events, main house and studio performance works, festivals, training and mentoring.

As Queensland's premier youth arts company, they develop the leadership capacities of a young generation of performers, theatre-makers and cultural producers to take forward into careers in the arts and otherwise.Backbone inspires, empowers and equips young peoples' creative futures through performance.