Ways Country Musicians Give Back to Society
During a crisis or following a tragedy, it’s common to witness music celebrities of all genres performing benefit concerts or donating to charities and other nonprofits. Their outsized fame, platforms, and wealth can be powerful forces in helping to mitigate civil unrest, provide disaster relief, and more. Other musicians choose to make philanthropy and ongoing causes a permanent part of their lives. Here are just a few ways that well-loved country music artists in particular have chosen to give back to society:
- Championing animal welfare. Carrie Underwood and Emmylou Harris are known for supporting PETA, while Dolly Parton, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, Kellie Pickler, Willie Nelson, Wynona Judd, and others donate to other animal welfare organizations. Miranda Lambert and her mother founded their own pet nonprofit called MuttNation Foundation.
- Fighting cancer and other debilitating medical conditions. Dierks Bentley, Craig Campbell, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley, RaeLynn, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, and many more support organizations that help patients with cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, and other conditions.
- Supporting children’s causes. Countless musicians (including Dierks Bentley, Miley Cyrus, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, Maren Morris, Brad Paisley, Cassadee Pope, the Rascal Flatts band, Thomas Rhett, Keith Urban, and more) donate or contribute to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and similar organizations.
The most well-supported organizations are typically household names. Yet some musicians are helping causes that don’t receive much national philanthropic limelight, like children in foster care. Radney Foster and Kyle Hutton are country singer-songwriters who collaborated to create The Foster EP, which features songs about the Texas foster care system. Its proceeds go to raising awareness about the experiences and perspectives of foster kids, and the pair perform songs from the EP as part of a statewide “A Place to Stay” benefit concert tour.
Hutton also works as a board member for Main Street Crossing, a nonprofit organization that supports other local causes by hosting live concerts in an intimate setting.
Support Good Causes with “Up Close Concerts” at Main Street Crossing
Main Street Crossing in Tomball, Texas is one of the best small music venues in the Houston metro area. This unique facility in a historical building hosts country, Americana, folk, blues, and other types of music artists in “up close concerts”: the furthest seat is only 45 feet from the stage. MSC also offers food, beverages, and community seating, making it easier to interact with fellow concertgoers and even performing artists.
Main Street Crossing additionally functions as a multi-use venue for church services, concerts, and more located in Tomball. Check out our event calendar, join us in giving back to society through music, and enjoy entertainment in support of good causes!