Usually only regarded as a genre for partying and drugs, electronic music tends to focus on big hits and profits, and EDM artists rarely make news headlines for being philanthropic. So when Billboard published a list of 10 EDM artists giving back to causes and communities, we had to take a look.
Artists highlighted in the article include Bassnectar, who has his own nonprofit called Be Interactive, which fundraises for various causes. Most recently he put on a music festival that doubled as a food drive for residents in Flint, Michigan.
Another EDM community favorite, Porter Robinson, established the Robinson Malawi fund. Robinson created this after his younger brother was diagnosed with a rare form of lymphoma. Porter continues to raise awareness and funds to treat cancer found most commonly in Malawi, Africa. Last year raised a whopping $154,000 from his Second Sky festival.
Following Avicii’s tragic death this last year, the Tim Bergling Foundation was established by the late DJ’s family. The foundation raises awareness for mental health and suicide prevention. This testifies to the personal struggle Avicii faced while simultaneously publicizing his own fundraiser to fight hunger.
Other causes highlighted in the article include supporting community homeless shelters, health and brain science research, equality in South Africa, and protecting the Amazon rainforest. Artists from all types of subgenres within EDM, from techno to dubstep, prove that any musician has the altruistic ability to champion causes close to their hearts.
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