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Bon Iver pledges a portion of annual royalties towards combating gender inequality
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, stay at home orders and restrictions have contributed to higher rates of domestic violence. Resources for victims of gender inequality are more important than ever, and Indie-folk band Bon Iver is contributing to the cause. The group announced that they will pledge 5% of their yearly royalties to 2 A Billion, a campaign started by the group in 2016 with initiatives to end gender inequality through raising support and awareness.
Via the organization’s website:
“We strive to make a positive impact by helping uncover the scope and severity concerning domestic violence worldwide. The global ramifications of ongoing gender inequity take away women’s voices; reinforcing systematic violence, producing substandard health practices, and deny women education and leadership opportunities across all sectors.”
In an Instagram post, the band shared that they were inspired by alt-country artist Jeff Tweedy as well as other artists that have made efforts to committing earnings to causes like racial justice and that they hope to see more folks in the music industry follow suit:
“It is time for those with ample privilege and large platforms to amplify marginalized voices, speak up for disenfranchised communities, and give back to those working on the front lines of our country’s greatest challenges. If you have more than enough, please give something. As we all face so many grave issues in our world, we can achieve something good by coming together.”
The announcement is just one of several recent efforts Bon Iver has made towards tackling social justice issues, including the release of the single “AUATC,” which highlighted anti-capitalist organizations. On Voter Registration Day, in partnership with Radio Milwaukee, they started the action-based voting initiative For Wisconsin. You can learn more about 2 A Billion here.