Protecting within the spirit of the vacation season, D.C.’s boutique, unbiased document label, Major Life Music, has introduced its first ever Vacation Giveback. Over the course of December, the label, which focuses on rising rap and hip-hop artists from the area, will supply monetary help to 3 households on the verge of eviction, three single moms struggling to pay utility payments, in addition to further assist to others in want, together with kids with incarcerated mother and father, senior properties, and navy households.
“We all know it’s very onerous on households. It’s been onerous on households, even earlier than COVID-19,” Main Life Music’s publicist, Andrea Hamilton, tells Metropolis Paper. “We positively know this time of 12 months could be miserable or financially tough on a number of households. So we simply needed to, from small choices to extra larger-scale choices, discover methods to essentially give again to the DMV neighborhood.”
Although the document label has executed earlier one-off charitable occasions and donations earlier than—they just lately supported the student protestors at Howard University—that is the primary time Main Life Music will supply help on this scale. Hamilton calls the giveback Main Life Music’s “model of a 12 days to Christmas.” However as a result of the house owners, Abubakarr and Mohammed Tejan-Jalloh, observe Islam, they opted to take the main target off Christmas and as an alternative supply a number of givebacks all through all of December.
“Talking with the house owners, they actually simply needed to do one thing to affect the neighborhood inside their means and sources,” Hamilton says. Collectively they determined to faucet into quite a lot of completely different social or financial points going through the neighborhood. As Hamilton notes, “lots of people might not take into consideration kids whose mother and father are incarcerated, and that’s an enormous group of youth throughout the nation—and in D.C.”
Now by means of Dec. 10, native residents are invited to share their story—or the story of somebody they’d wish to nominate for rental help. Likewise, single moms in want of utility payments help (or these nominating somebody) are requested to submit their tales by Dec. 13. The label asks that requests for assist embody an outline on their present want, household dimension, and any further info relating to their present struggles. As soon as all of the tales have been fastidiously reviewed, households might be chosen based mostly on the urgency of their want, household dimension, and the corporate’s capability to assist. Three households might be picked to obtain as much as $1,500 in lease assist; one other three will obtain as much as $250 for utilities.
Abubakarr and Mohammed based Main Life Music in 2016. Although the 2 are initially from the U.Okay., they’ve referred to as the D.C. space residence for a number of a long time; Hamilton says they think about it their neighborhood. It’s additionally why the label is dedicated to supporting DMV residents year-round. Earlier this 12 months, Main Life Music partnered with Pink Star Cafe to provide clothing, meals, and drinks to the coed protestors at Howard College, which Hamilton described as a spot they noticed an pressing want for extra help.
In that vein, households who usually are not chosen for the Vacation Giveback might be saved on file on the firm for assessment subsequent time Main Life Music desires to do a giveaway or giveback. “Individuals binge giveaway throughout Christmastime,” says Hamilton. “After which the remainder of the 12 months, it’s like, OK, individuals who couldn’t afford lease in December most likely can’t afford it in January or February.”
The document label hopes to not solely grow to be a neighborhood pillar for the music it places out, but in addition for its participation in and assist of the folks and artists who name the realm residence. “If we need to grow to be a staple unbiased label from the DMV, it’s very crucial to be part of rebuilding the neighborhood and by doing that it’s important to consistently be within the know of what’s going on inside your neighborhood,” says Hamilton, including, “And [knowing] what methods we may give again and pour into it—outdoors of delivering music.”
Anybody from the DMV can request, or nominate an area for, assist. Tales should be submitted through e mail to email@example.com by Dec. 10 for rental assistance, and Dec. 13 for single moms looking for utility help.