Thank you to all those who participated in this weekend’s online festival!
Such an amazing time, with so many great performances. We are stoked to announce we received $1020.57 USD in donations from those viewers!
We’ve donated 20% of those funds ($290 NZD) to local charity InsideOUT (read below). All the rest of the funds will be distributed evenly between all those artists advertised on the poster in the next few days. Synthstrom do not keep any of the proceeds. (Update Jan 21 – a few of the involved artists chose to donate their proceeds as well, so we made a second donation of $116 to InsideOut).
—Last week, Wellington High School, just down the road from us, was placed on lockdown for a few hours after a student made threats on their social media about a planned shooting. The alleged would-be shooter’s Instagram account included white supremacist imagery and there have been credible, though unconfirmed reports/rumours that they were targeting some LGBTQIA youth at the school.
InsideOut are a very underfunded Wellington organisation who are creating and providing resources, education, information and other relevant tools which engage youth to effectively set up and maintain queer straight alliances/diversity groups in their own schools and take other actions to make their schools safer.
If you’d like to join the community in supporting InsideOut, you can find out about them here: http://insideout.org.nz/about/what/
You can view the communities’ donations ($116 & $290) here: https://givealittle.co.nz/org/insideout
Stay tuned for news of our next online festival soon.