Fundraising has never sounded this good. The fraternity Kappa Sigma will host the Save the Music Benefit Concert on Thursday, Dec. 2, bringing Talisman, The Sea People and Stanford Hip Hop Congress to Old Union for a Dead Week music interlude.
The fraternity, along with corporate sponsors Stanford Bookstore, HP-Intel, Dell, Heffernon Insurance, Future Freshman and Treehouse, are donating all proceeds to the VH1 Save the Music Foundation. Founded in 1977, the foundation had donated over $45 million-worth of musical instruments to students in public school systems across the U.S. with the rationale that music is an integral part of child development.
The Stanford concert, free to attendees, will feature 20-minute sets from eight student acts. Set to perform are bands Whale Rider, Charlie Brown, The Sea People and Stanford Hip Hop Congress, a cappella groups Everyday People and Talisman, and solo acts from Colin Casey ’12 and Jamaica Osorio ’12.
“The idea of it is to, number one, raise money for the VH1 Save the Music Foundation and also celebrate the strength and diversity of music at Stanford,” said Casey, also the head organizer of the event. “One of the great parts of the school is that there are so many people that play music and take part in music.”
This is the first benefit for the fraternity, though Casey organized a CoHo music night last year as an Apple campus rep. In recent years, many Kappa Sig members have been dedicated to music, and the idea of incorporating the Stanford community in a fundraising concert “emerged organically,” according to Casey.
The Save the Music Benefit Concert will take place Thursday, Dec. 2, from 7:30-11 p.m., in the Old Union courtyard. Admission is free, though donations are encouraged, with the bulk of the fundraising dollars coming from the corporate sponsors.