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Indie-rock band Speedy Ortiz has announced a tour to aid Girls Rock Camp Foundation which will be commencing in December. The band has decided to donate 100% of the proceeds from the tour to the foundation, and will be allowing kids of all ages to attend. GRCF is a non-profit organization that encourages girls to express themselves through musical collaboration. In a statement about what prompted the band to headline a tour for charity, lead singer Sadie Dupuis says:
We toured non-stop in 2015 and wanted to cap it off playing a series of all ages shows (which is always our favorite kind of show). We’ve also wanted to do a tour with a charity fundraising component for a long while. We’ve done a few fundraisers this year – for the Ferguson Library and the Baltimore Food Bank – but for this tour, we wanted to do something that had a national impact while still supporting local communities.The Girls Rock Camp Foundation was the perfect choice. GRCF provides funding and support to the the various Girls Rock organizations around the world, which in turn provide affordable music education to kids. Girls Rock helps level the music business’ playing field by coaching girls to form bands, develop skills in music engineering and technical production, and build their self esteem along the way.
Speedy Ortiz has an excellent way of making their fans feel safe and empowered. The band even announced a hotline for fans who might be feeling unsafe at their shows for any reason, so their willingness to headline a tour for charity comes as no surprise.
Speedy Ortiz 2015 Winter Tour Dates:
12/08: Providence, Ri – AS220
12/09: Cambridge, MA – Middle East Downstairs
12/10: Philadelphia, PA – First Unitarian Church
12/11: Brooklyn, NY – Silent Barn
12/12: Brooklyn, NY – Palisades
12/13: Baltimore, MD – Metro Gallery
12/14: Richmond, VA – The Camel
12/15: Durham, NC – The Pinhook
12/16: Atlanta, GA – Drunken Unicorn
12/17: Nashville, TN – The End
12/18: Louisville, KY – The New Vintage