Herizon Music Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit based in Austin, Texas, is on a mission to provide education, experience, and role-modeling programs benefitting the next generation of women in music. Since its inception in 2019, Herizon Music has provided scholarship grants for 30 teen girls in need to attend music/sound camps, launched the podcast Backstage Chats with Women in Music, and is developing a “covid-proof” educational series designed specifically for the next generation of women who want to succeed in the music industry.
Due to the current pandemic and economic crisis, these programs are essential to young women in building the skillset, confidence, and community they need to launch a career in an industry that is still male dominated. Access to female mentors and tools for professional development in a safe environment are key to girls at risk — foster children, immigrants, orphans, and those from economically disadvantaged single-parent homes.
Herizon Music Foundation is auctioning items signed by Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees Joan Jett and Carole King on CharityBuzz.com August 11 – 27, 2020. Supported by partners Gibson Brands and Strait Music, auction proceeds go toward Herizon Music programs. Bid on the auction at http://www.charitybuzz.com/HerizonMusic.
SHIFT BACK AND GIVE BACK
Herizon Music’s founder Thea Wood was inspired by the documentary “Bad Reputation” about Joan Jett’s career. Wood decided it was time to shift back and give back to the industry in which she began her career. “Joan Jett succeeded against all odds, and Herizon Music wants to help the next generation of women do the same. When she heard about our programs, Jett signed an Epiphone SG guitar and sent a surprise swag bag with a t-shirt, a Joan Jett & The Blackhearts Greatest Hits CD, and some guitar picks,” said Wood.
Iconic songwriter Carole King also didn’t hesitate to support the cause. King signed a mini-keyboard and a copy of her autobiography “A Natural Woman: A Memoir.”
The items were originally slated to be auctioned at the SXSW 2020 trade show in Austin, Texas, which was cancelled due to COVID-19. “The silver lining is that now any collector or super fan can bid on these collectibles no matter where they are thanks to CharityBuzz’s online auction platform. It’s exciting to see music, technology, and philanthropy working together in harmony,” Wood added.