A Little Bit for Charity is a creativeÂ charity project curated by Eivind Kirkeby, where indie bands and artists cover songs from the ongoing animated TV seriesÂ My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. The songs are uploaded to bandcamp, where people can pay what they wantâ€”including choosing to not pay at allâ€”and all the money goes directly to an animal-rightsÂ charity organization.
The 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.
â€”A Q&A originally posted in the Kirkeby Kritikk blogâ€”
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. If you’re curious to learn more about the show’s fandom culture, you might want to give the professional documentaries Bronies and A Brony Tale a look.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.orgÂ with the topic “A Little Bit for Charity”.