The first big announcement about the upcoming album is…
…A portion of the profits from every album sale will be donated to a charity called VSN (Volunteer Service Nepal).
I am a fully independent, 100% listener supported artist.
What this means in reality is that I have two jobs. I make art, and I also make and run the business which serves as the bridge between me and anyone who wants to buy my art. In terms of business, I wanted to create a system that didn’t just help me, but helped others as well. One of the ways that I am achieving this is: by channelling a part of the income from all album sales to places that it will do good in the world.
And VSN is definitely one of those places.
VSN is an organisation that operates in Nepal, whose primary focus is: helping displaced, destitute, and orphaned children. Their aim is to provide sustainable assistance, enabling others to help themselves. They do this by: running orphanages for the kids, through teaching and education, and with community maintenance programmes.
Theirs, is a thoroughly worthy enterprise.
As well as believing 100% in what they do and the reasons that they do it, I also have a personal link to the organisation. They came to my attention because Jen has volunteered with VSN twice, and has experienced firsthand the impact that they have on these children’s lives.
I am not blind to the fact that I am in a very fortunate position. I get to do the thing I love everyday. I have enough food. I have a place to live that’s warm and dry. I have good coffee, and I have people around me that I love. For me, this is very close to a perfect life. It’s a cliché to say that not everyone in this world is as fortunate. Sadly, it’s a cliché because it’s true.
So this is my small way of trying to redress the balance a little. To take some of my fortunate and pass it on. When you buy my album, you will not only get the greatest music that I am capable of making, you will also in a very real sense, be helping people out in the big wide world.
This is only the beginning.
[If you are interested in VSN and the work they do, or want to make a donation, you can visit their site, here.]
My name is James Radcliffe and I am a 100% audience supported independent artist. If you like what I do (and can afford it) then please consider buying some of my music. Each purchase really makes a big difference to me and 10% of every sale goes to a charity which: houses, feeds, clothes, and educates orphaned children in Nepal.
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