A Little Bit for Charity is a creativeÂ charity project where indie bands and artists cover songs from the ongoing animated TV seriesÂ My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. The songs are uploaded to our bandcamp page, where you can pay what you wantâ€”including choosing to not pay at allâ€”and all the money will go to an animal-rightsÂ charity organization.
Our current charity isÂ the Animal Welfare Institute. It’s a non-profit organization dedicated to reducing the detrimental effects human actions have on the well-being of animals.Â This includes working to improve theÂ conditions of farm animals,Â preserving vegetation to benefit endangered species, and much more. For moreÂ information about the organization and their work, please see their website.
First up is for the project is a cover of “Art Of The Dress”Â by Heart-Sick Groans, a quirky Swedish twee folk band. They give Rarity’s song a lush and relaxed, mainly acoustic arrangement, and combined withÂ the quaint and unmistakably Swedish-accented vocals, it turns into something quite special and pleasant. While it may not beÂ the music of choice for most bronies out there, weÂ hope pony fans will find it enjoyable and feel adequately inspired toÂ give a bit to charity by choosing to pay for the song.
Now, to go along with the launch of this project and to hopefully answer any questions you might have, here’s a quickÂ Q&A. Feel free to get in touch if your question is not answered below.
Q: What exactly is “indie music”?
A:Â That’s a trickyÂ one. Indie is short for independent,Â and was initially used to distinguish between theÂ established, mainstream, popular actsÂ signed with the big labels and record companies, and theÂ lesser known acts signed to smaller, “independent” labels. Now indie musicÂ has become more of a genre label, mostly used to refer to alternative and experimental music in the pop/rock tradition,Â with a plethora of sub genres.
Q: Why indie music?
A: While the seriesÂ has an impressive creative community, including a thriving music scene, there hasn’t really been much fan-madeÂ indie music produced related to the show.Â Seeing as howÂ most of the music weÂ love fall within the indie genre, we wanted to help rectify this (while at the same time trying to help raise some money for causes we believe are important).
Q: Why My Little Pony?
A:Â It’s a genuinely good series with some genuinely good (andÂ award-nominated!) songs. ItÂ might not appeal toÂ everyone, which is fine, but if you’re not averse toÂ animation it’s certainlyÂ worthÂ giving a try, and the series has a special place in the hearts of many.
Q: How often will new songs be released?
A:Â We’ve unfortunately no idea.Â The original goal was to release a cover by a differentÂ band once everyÂ month, butÂ that was quickly proven to be too ambitious. Even once every other month seemed like it could be difficult to pull off. ManyÂ bands and musicians have tight schedules, withÂ various Â real life obligations above and beyond that of music (especially pro bono work, even if it’s for charity), and it takes time finding the right musicians for the project as well. So right now it’sÂ running onÂ a “whenever we’re able”Â schedule. Follow us on bandcampÂ and you should be gettingÂ notified whenever new music is made available. (News about new songsÂ will also be made to this blog, butÂ it’ll also include blog posts on many entirely unrelated topics you may have no interest in.)
Q: This sounds fun! Can I help out?
A:Â We are certainly open for folks who want to help us out! Having a couple of visual artists interested in doingÂ covers for future songs would be great, maybeÂ doing a few different banners we can rotate between too. As for the actual music, if you can get us in touch with otherÂ indie talent, then sure,Â that would also be great!Â You can also get in touchÂ ifÂ you’re an indie musician yourself, but please note that we prefer musicians and bands who are notÂ already knownÂ for doing pony-themed music. Just send an e-mail to email@example.comÂ with the topic “A Little Bit for Charity”.
And before I stop typing and let you all go on with your daily lives, I’d just like to give a special thanks to Rommel from Bronies For Good for some initial advice and encouragement; an equally special thanks to Heart-Sick GroansÂ for their heartwarming enthusiasm, truly embracing the challenge, and for their excellentÂ contribution; and a super special thanks to you for reading, listening, and helping to support animal rights. Thank you all.