Jason Mraz Will Donate All of the Earnings From His New Album ‘Look For The Good’ in Fight for Social Justice
On Friday, Jason Mraz will release his new album, Look For The Good, and donate all proceeds to organizations like Black Lives Matter, Grassroots Law Project and Equal Justice Initiative.
Mraz already received a $250,000 advance on his royalties and announced that he donated them to all the previously listed organizations. Mraz will release Look For The Good on Juneteenth, the day that marks the end of slavery in the United States.
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On June 19th, a historic day in the advancement of equality, I am proud to stand in solidarity with and be of service to Black Lives by donating all of my earnings from sales and streams of my new LP recording, Look For The Good. A time has come to act beyond promises, thoughts, and prayers. Starting immediately with the $250,000 I received as an advance on my royalties, the first beneficiaries of Look For The Good are as follows: @blklivesmatter San Diego Young Artists Music Academy @risesandiego @grassrootslaw @cpisandiego @eji_org Through my own philanthropic efforts, including my Foundation, I’ve witnessed how far donations go to make measurable differences in specific communities, whether it’s sponsoring programs that bring about real change, or providing vital support to volunteers and staff. My personal engagement with philanthropy has never been motivated by a press opportunity. But today I am announcing my contributions publicly in hopes of inspiring other creators and leaders in business to do the same – to share the wealth, to share the profits, and to acknowledge that life is only great when it’s great for everyone. Looking ahead, donations will be made annually to (different or same) organizations doing the good work to advance equality and justice. It is important for me to note this is a personal donation. Any dollars from @jasonmrazfoundation, which consist of tour earnings and donor generated funds, will continue to be managed and granted by board approval. This is a pivotal moment in history, but certainly not the finish line. What good are my lyrics if they are just lofty words with no action? In my new song “Make Love,” my heart sings, When I pray I move my feet I say thank you for the sound When I feel that beat It brings me closer To who I am All I’m supposed to be right now Is a giving man To serve you water From the living well To help another Get out of their hell Ya gotta give a little piece Of Yourself And so it is, Jason Mraz
The “I’m Yours” and “Life is Wonderful” singer has also been actively protesting on the streets of Los Angeles in honor of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. Mraz writes a moving statement on a Twitter thread below and adds– “to share the wealth, to share the profits, and to acknowledge that life is only great when it’s great for everyone.”
My personal engagement with philanthropy has never been motivated by a press opportunity. But today I am announcing my contributions publicly in hopes of inspiring other creators and leaders in business to do the same –
— Jason Mraz (@jason_mraz) June 18, 2020
Mraz’s song lyrics and philanthropy are in our hearts as we stand together in this historic fight for racial justice and equality.