Musicians Thao and Mirah excited fans and critics alike when they announced that they were going on tour together this summer. They sweetened the deal, and got us at loveisrespect talking, when they announced that they would add $1 to each ticket price so that they could make that donation to the domestic violence shelter of the community they are playing in. Their advocacy efforts are aided by the organization Air Traffic Control that helps pair musicians with social justice programs.
In this informative article by StereoSubversion.com, Thao discussed working with Air Traffic Control:
My personal attachment to them is that before I became a musician, I was going to college to do non-profit work and to work with women’s advocacy and domestic violence programs. But I went with music instead. However, I made a commitment to myself that I would always try and that I would always do this work somehow. To collaborate with them allows me to honor that commitment and try as best as I can.
and the project:
For this tour and album release, we’ve teamed up with them to let them help us raise awareness and support for domestic violence organizations and childhood sexual abuse awareness programs around the country. So we’re charging a dollar extra at each show, and whatever extra money stays in that city and goes to an organization that we’ve developed a relationship with for that end. So that’s one of the things that they help us with that we could not do on our own.
Rock on, Mirah and Thao. Here’s a video clip by yourstru.ly media of the two of them performing one of the songs from the new album: