Editor’s note: This is an ongoing list and we will continue to add to it for weeks to come. Please email us at lauriel <at> austin dot com to have your efforts added OR if we have posted anything inaccurate. Also, we’ve split up this post into pages since it is so long, but you can view everything as one page if you click the link at the bottom of this post.
- Mayor Adler’s Office gives plenty of tips on how to help statewide, and is a great resource for how to make welcome kits for evacuees.
- Not only does Texas Monthly have a great helping guide, they’re also donating 100% of new subscription sales through midnight, August 31 to flood relief efforts.
- Hipstercrite, Reddit, and Holp Photography also have very helpful ongoing lists of resources.
- Texas Charity Angels has a running list of the Facebook invites for fundraiser events.
- Eater Austin also has a great list of restaurants helping to raise funds.
Finally, this Google Spreadsheet started by Maris Clegg because she wanted to help in some way, is a dynamic list of local businesses that are donating proceeds, hosting events, raising funds, etc. for flood relief. We’ve included some of the events in our list, but this sheet is constantly being updated, so keep an eye on it when you’re deciding where to go eat lunch this weekend, where you want to spend your entertainment dollars, and where you want to go shopping.
1. They’re Using Music to Heal
It’s Austin, of course they are! Currently there are plenty of music industry folks scrambling to put together benefits and other fundraisers, as well as selling other items to benefit hurricane victims. We’ll keep our list as updated as we can, but so far we know:
- Mohawk Austin is hosting the Houston Strong benefit on Friday, September 1, featuring Black Joe Lewis, The Octopus Project, Walker Lukens, Otis the Destroyer, and more. They’ll also be collecting physical donations at the event.
- Sound on Sound Fest is donating 25% of all sales from August 30-September 4 to flood relief efforts.
- Waterloo Records is hosting two in-store performances featuring Patty Griffin on September 4 and Matthew Logan Vasquez and Israel Nash on September 5. Suggested donation at the door benefiting The Houston Food Bank and The American Red Cross.
- Texas Scratch League is accepting donations during their monthly scratch session this Saturday, September 2 at Beatlab — all are welcome.
Texas Music Office is trying to help coordinate information about these benefit concerts:
“The Texas Music Office is coordinating information on upcoming music-related Hurricane Harvey benefit concerts…from big blow-outs, to smaller community events, and everything in between.” Click here for more info on how to help.
In addition, Stephanie Bergara of TMO is helping to ensure that the evacuees that are being taken in at Austin shelters are being welcomed with the warm arms of the Live Music Capital. This video is a great example of the outpouring of love and healing through music happening in our city right now. Any musicians with simple setups who want to help play for our guests in shelters, follow this link for info.
The last 3 days: Over 700 emails, 400+ musicians, countless hours, phone calls and hours of coordinating. The musicians of the City of Austin are rising to the challenge of providing the gift of song to our fellow Texans recently displaced from their homes and lives by Hurricane Harvey. Tonight, the Westlake United Methodist Church Choir moved their weekly rehearsal over to the Red Cross Evacuation Site at the Toney Burger Center and provided snacks and entertainment for the clients currently based on site. Seeing spirits lifted and hearts healing right in front of me with the power of this music is a moment I'll never forget. Hope. It's about hope. #texasstrong