At Zaadz Visionary Music, we are motivated by our belief in the power of music to effect positive change. Music has always been a unequaled organizer of people - over one hundred million dollars is spent on music every day in the United States. That's an enormous pool of resources and attention that could be harnessed to make the world a better place while still enjoying ourselves. When musicians give their creative gifts in support of loving effort, and audiences exercise their purchasing power to support that effort, all of us get to help and have fun at the same time - to put play to work.
Our first group project is this benefit compilation for Kiva.org
- an organization that arranges microloans for entrepreneurs in developing nations. Everyone involved has relinquished their profit from the sales of this album so it can go directly to empowering sustainable business practices in local economies all over the planet. Not just once, but over and over - as our microloans are repaid and album sales continue, this compilation will be the center of an ever-expanding wave of global support. The Dream Is Valid is a reminder to not just rest in peace, but to act from it - because even if this life is an illusion, it's the only one we have. And now, The Dream Is Valid for many more of the hardworking people in the developing world, who have a new ally in their struggle against the tide of globalism.
But as much as this is a project for the greater good, it is proof that socially-conscious music can sound awesome, too. It's been an honor to work with the diversity of incredible talent represented on this collection - visionary musicians, every one of them. Enjoy the tunes, and rest easy knowing that your entertainment money is making a difference.
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