Seeds of Kindness 4 Charity Album: Shine Together

Calling all musicians! Bronies for Good is organizing its fifth charity album, Shine Together, and we will be accepting submissions all summer long.

Thanks to the tremendous work of the music community, the ongoing Seeds of Kindness 3 fundraiser together with the two previous ones have raised over $100,000 from online donations alone, supporting various Your Siblings and Engineers Without Borders projects in Uganda, Burundi, and Tanzania. We incorporated a few suggestions and rule changes to make this work even better for the musicians, and we would like to ask for your help to support the outstanding work of the Against Malaria Foundation!

Soft deadline: November 22nd, 2014
Hard deadline: December 10th, 2014
Release date: December 20th, 2014

Charity status. There is no middle man. All the money donated will go directly to the Against Malaria Foundation and will only be used to purchase insecticide-treated nets. Donations will be tax-deductible in the US, Canada, and most of Western Europe. Each donation will be publicly allocated to a specific program and extensive tracking, predistribution, and postdistribution reports will be published online.

What changed. This album will operate on a pay-what-you-want basis and a free download for the album will be provided, so you may release your song as soon as the album is out. For the sake of musicians who submit their songs early, there is a set release date this time around. It does mean that we will get less breathing room to give feedback and help entries that are close to making the cut, so we recommend that you submit before the “soft deadline” to make that still possible.

What you can submit.

  1. It does not have to be pony: Pony and nonpony songs are equally welcome.
  2. Remixing and sampling: No copyrighted material can be used, and we cannot accept entries that remix, sample, or cover the show either (sorry, we really can’t). Submitting a remix requires the composers’ permission. Collabs are encouraged!
  3. Theme: There is no specific theme or genre restriction besides common sense. Don’t make anything angry, creepy, or overly depressing (but sad is fine) and your song should have no problem fitting in.
  4. Length: There is no set length restriction, and most importantly, short songs are just as welcome as longer pieces are. Don’t stretch your song solely to fit a given length – this was perhaps the most common issue with entries for the previous albums.
  5. Number of entries: You can submit as many songs as you want (within reason). Two songs from the same artist can get in without any problem, but over that number (not counting collabs), we might only take the best two of them.

How to submit. Please send an email to smile.bfg@gmail.com, with the subject “[ST]” followed by your username, and include the following:

  1. An MP3 file without the artist’s name in its title or metadata, hosted on a service that offers streaming (preferably Mediafire or Box.com). Please make sure to take the sharing link rather than copy-pasting from your URL bar. You may check your link by accessing it while logged out, e.g., using private browsing.
  2. A lossless file (preferably FLAC or AIFF) uploaded on a third-party hosting service, not sent as an attachment. We tend to see a lot of Dropbox links dying when we need them, so please be careful.
  3. Your preferred artist name and a link for credit (YouTube channel, Soundcloud, etc.).
  4. Lyrics, if applicable.

You can upload your song on YouTube when the album is released, but please do not make your song public until then. However, feel free to upload previews or ask for feedback!

About on the charity. Malaria affects over 200 million people and kills between 600,000 to over a million each year. As its vector species bite at night, the disease can be easily prevented by the use of cheap, long-lasting insecticidal nets. Indeed, as little as $3 allows the purchase of a net that will protect two people on average for three to four years, and the efficiency of these interventions has been thoroughly proven. The Against Malaria Foundation stands out in particular because of their strong track record and commitment to efficiency, program monitoring, and transparency. Right now they are running a distribution of 676,000 bed nets in the Democratic Republic of Congo that will protect about 1.2 million people from the disease.

If you have any questions, you can email us at smile.bfg@gmail.com or ask in the My Little Remix thread.

Summer o’ Good

There are so many ways to make a difference, and so many people who are not only willing, but itching to do so. The fandom itself is bursting with positivity. When that positivity has direction, we can all accomplish quite a lot and be a force for good in the world.

In addition to our Seeds of Kindness fundraiser and the albums, convention events, and custom auctions that go with it, we would like to encourage folks to participate in a good deeds drive. Find a local charity, volunteer, give blood, talk to your friends and collect old clothes they don’t need and donate them to a charitable organization.

Sometimes the little things really do add up to make a big difference, and even though so many of us are geographically separated and may go about this in totally different ways, that doesn’t mean we can’t still shine together. That’s what the Summer o’ Good is all about.

Here’s how it works. The /good/ forum is set up to facilitate the circulation of ideas—sharing tips on how to get involved in your community. So if you have an idea, and you’re planning on pitching in in someway, hop on board and share it. Or if you simply want to chime in and tell us about an organization you plan to get involved in and how many hours of your time you plan on donating, that’s great too.

We are calling on everyone willing to pitch in this summer to get out there in a spirit of volunteerism and good will, and we will be updating you all on the progress within the community as we go, so please keep us informed.

What You Can Do

Everybody: Get involved. Make a difference. Share ideas to help others figure out how best to do the same. This really is the heart and soul of what we are trying to do, and we can’t do it without your active involvement.

Community leaders: Organize meet ups of your local brony community. Go on outings with the group, and volunteer somewhere together. Let us know about it on the /good/ forum.

Fanfic writers: Write a story that conveys the spirit of altruism and effective altruism in particular, a story that inspires your readers to lend the best help they can. We can add it to our group on FiMFiction. Telofy has written a more detailed blog post about the process.

Episode commentators, bloggers, animators, etc.: Spread the word. The more people who know about this effort the better. Don’t underestimate the power of the shout out.

Artists: Let your work inspire people. Spread the word, spread the word, spread the word. Make original art of subject matter that captures the spirit of volunteerism and good will, and add a linked Summer o’ Good subtitle on the bottom.

Musicians: Contribute to the Seeds of Kindness 4 charity album, the details for which we will be announcing very soon. Please direct any questions to smile.bfg@gmail.com.

PMV Creators: Please get in touch via the same email address, so we can coordinate your efforts with those of the musicians. That way, you’ll be able to release a PMV (possibly as a milestone prize) soon after the album release.

Craftsponies: Make and donate customs to be used as prizes for charity auctions.

This is a chance to take a very simple idea like volunteerism and really make it fun and exciting!

Seeds of Kindness Fundraiser

In a spirit o’ good, we will continue to conduct Seeds of Kindness 3 fundraiser events throughout the summer, as we make room for the Seeds of Kindness 4 album that will be announced very shortly. As always it will be a year-long event featuring music, convention events, and custom swag prizes for top donors.

In the meantime your donations are still direly needed for our ongoing Seeds of Kindness 3 fundraiser, which will continue all throughout the summer. If you have a dollar, euro, or dogecoin to spare, please go to sok.yoursiblings.org!

All Seeds of Kindness donations benefit Your Siblings, a charity dedicated to building sustainable infrastructure projects and bettering the quality of life in poverty stricken villages.

Your Siblings is a nonprofit charity organization registered in Germany that provides effective monetary aid to select Third World projects that representatives of Your Siblings have personally visited and assessed. The projects need to be themselves nonprofit, nongovernmental, run by locals of the respective country, and geared towards providing the most essential, lasting means and services to those most severely disadvantaged in society, all to ensure that the donations will have the greatest and most permanent impact. (You can also follow Your Siblings on Twitter and Facebook.)

Seeds of Kindness News from Uganda and Burundi

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We have compiled some news from the Your Siblings projects we’ve been fundraising for since 2012: Child Need Africa’s medical clinic in Uganda, Green Life’s safe haven for street children in Burundi, and Another Hope’s orphanage, also in Uganda.

With Seeds of Kindness, we are primarily fundraising for Child Need Africa’s medical clinic at the moment, because if they don’t have the means to keep an array of essential medicines in stock, their patients, who often can’t afford to go to regular medical centers, might die.

However, Green Life also has to plan the allocation of their resources very carefully because they currently have to care for six children, who have nowhere else to go. Over the course of 2014, they will try to win the trust of another ten children who are living in the streets of Gitega, Burundi, to bring them into the Green Village as well. Meanwhile, they’re always trying to find out whether the children still have families, and if so, whether the problems that have caused them to flee are solvable.

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Final Notice: The Kallisti IV Charity Livestream

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After months of preparations, we’ll launch the fourth of our Kallisti art and charity livestreams on May 3 at noon EDT (4 p.m. UTC) on events.yoursiblings.org!

The 24-hour livestream—organized by Bronies for Good and GalaCon with the help of Ponyville Live—will allow you to watch famous fandom artists draw your art requests while you listen to live interviews with the talent working on Friendship is Magic. With a little luck, you’ll even be able to pose your own questions to them.

The interview guests. Several of the preeminent minds behind the show have agreed to support our cause!

  • Anneli Heed (May 3, 1 p.m. EDT): the Swedish Spike, Sweetie Belle, Cheerilee, Spitfire, Photo Finish, singing voice of Rainbow Dash, and many more
  • Cindy Morrow (May 4, 11 a.m. EDT): the writer of “Winter Wrap Up,” “Sisterhooves Social,” “Read It and Weep,” “Hurricane Fluttershy,” and many more
  • Dave Polsky (May 3, 7 p.m. EDT): the writer of “Keep Calm and Flutter On,” “Daring Don’t,” “Rarity Takes Manehattan,” “Equestria Games,” and many more
  • Jennifer Weiß (May 4, 6 a.m. EDT): the German voice of Pinkie Pie
  • John de Lancie (time TBA): the voice of Q, uh, of Discord
  • Lee Tockar (May 3, 5 p.m. EDT): the voice of Snips, Steven Magnet, and many more
  • M.A. Larson (May 3, 11 p.m. EDT): the writer of “The Cutie Mark Chronicles,” “Luna Eclipsed,” “The Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000,” “It’s About Time,” “Magical Mystery Cure,” and many more
  • Nicole Oliver (May 3, 3 p.m. EDT): the voice of Princess Celestia, Cheerilee, and many more
  • Peter New (May 3, 10 p.m. EDT): the voice of Big Mac, Rarity’s father, and many more
  • Tara Strong (May 3, 6 p.m. EDT): the speaking voice of Princess Twilight Sparkle
  • William Anderson (May 3, 9 p.m. EDT): composer of the score of almost ninety episodes of the show

Please understand that guests, especially those who have not yet been able to indicate a time, may be called away by real-life duties on short notice. We will update our copy of this release and announce any changes to the schedule on Twitter. (By the way, we also have a FIMFiction group you can join.)

The artists and community guests. So far, Adlynh, Anticular Pony, BlindCoyote, Captain64, ChuckyBB, Colonel210, DeathPwny, DerpTime, Feyrah, futzi, Garrett Gilchrist, Ikasama, James Corck, John Joseco, LeekFish, Rain-Gear, Sketchy, St-Timid, Suikuzu, Tsitra360, XTailsDudex, and Yooyfull, have signed up for the stream. However, we’re still looking for more artist guests. If you can draw, you have experience streaming your work, and you are interested in doing so for Kallisti IV, please contact us and link us your art portfolio. We’ll also need your Skype handle.

The cause. The donations are again split fifty-fifty between GalaCon—who support us with their charity auction and other charity programming—and Your Siblings’ support project for the nonprofit Child Need Africa, which runs the medical clinic in Uganda that we all have helped to fund in 2012. In order to keep up the level of life-saving medical service that they’ve been providing to the impoverished region, they need a strong and sustainable source of income for the clinic, one that will be independent of donations in the long term.

The first step to achieving this is for Child Need Africa to buy and renovate a house near the capital, so that the complete revenue from the rents can help pay for essential supplies for the clinic, especially the medication. All details of the project can be found on Your Siblings’ Permanent Income for the Clinic project page.

Now bookmark events.yoursiblings.org and set an alarm for May 3, so you can’t miss it!

The Kallisti IV Charity Livestream

Kallisti IV

Two hundred and eighty-five days will have passed since Kallisti III when on May 3 at noon EDT (4 p.m. UTC) we launch the fourth of our art and charity livestreams on events.yoursiblings.org.

The 24-hour livestream—organized by Bronies for Good and GalaCon with the help of Ponyville Live—will allow you to watch famous fandom artists draw your art requests while you listen to live interviews with the talent working on Friendship is Magic. With a little luck, you’ll even be able to pose your own questions to them.

The interview guests. We’ve reached out to many potential guests and already have several confirmed and more interested, among them a writer, a voice actor, and a certain composer you will know. Below the confirmed guests so far.

  • Anneli Heed: The Swedish Spike, Sweetie Belle, Cheerilee, Spitfire, Photo Finish, singing voice of Rainbow Dash, and many more
  • Cindy Morrow: The writer of “Winter Wrap Up,” “Sisterhooves Social,” “Read It and Weep,” “Hurricane Fluttershy,” and many more
  • Jennifer Weiß: The German voice of Pinkie Pie
  • Nicole Oliver: The voice of Princess Celestia, Cheerilee, and many more
  • Tara Strong: The speaking voice of Princess Twilight Sparkle

We will announce the schedule closer to the event, so keep your eyes peeled to our Twitter and Tumblr! (By the way, we also have a FIMFiction group.)

The artists. So far, Adlynh, ChuckyBB, DeathPwny, DerpTime, Feyrah, futzi, James Corck, Sketchy, St-Timid, Suikuzu, Tsitra360, XTailsDudex, and Yooyfull, have signed up to draw on the stream. However, we’re still looking for more artist guests. If you can draw well, you have experience streaming your work, and you are interested in doing so for Kallisti IV, please contact us and link us your art portfolio. We’ll also need your Skype handle.

The cause. The donations are again split fifty-fifty between GalaCon—who support us with their charity auction and other charity programming—and Your Siblings’ support project for the nonprofit Child Need Africa, which runs the medical clinic in Uganda that we all have helped to fund in 2012. In order to keep up the level of life-saving medical service that they’ve been providing to the impoverished region, they need a strong and sustainable source of income for the clinic, one that will be independent of donations in the long term.

The first step to achieving this is for Child Need Africa to buy and renovate a house near the capital, so that the complete revenue from the rents can help pay for essential supplies for the clinic, especially the medication. All details of the project can be found on Your Siblings’ Permanent Income for the Clinic project page.

Now bookmark events.yoursiblings.org and set an alarm for May 3, so you can’t miss it!

The Ministry of Brony: Sessions One Charity Album

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As announced earlier this week, Fillydelphia Radio’s Ministry of Brony: Sessions One charity album has been released this Saturday—a release that also marks the launch of the associated fundraiser.

To obtain the album, all you have to do is donate an amount of your choosing to the Ministry of Brony fundraiser. On the thank you page, you will obtain a secret link to the album, which you can download as archive of FLAC, MP3, and OGG files.

Click to go to the Ministry of Brony fundraiser page!

The album Ministry of Brony: Sessions One is a DJ mix compilation of fifty-four minutes of house, trance, and electro music mixed by Waranto Wingbeats. It features twelve tracks of awesome, pumping music from the community, a homage to the popular Ministry of Sound releases. Below, you can find the track list, further below a preview of the album.

  1. Sym-Pony – Hope
  2. Evdog – For Andrea
  3. Captivated – I Like You (Afrox Remix)
  4. DJ Alez Android – A True Rarity
  5. DJ TACTM – Benedict Cumberpickle
  6. Faren – Alteration
  7. DitzyRhythm – Standalone Client (Original Mix)
  8. Sonic Rainboom – Somnambulent
  9. Azerty – Tree Of Harmony
  10. Metapony – Torn
  11. MrMehster – Tease and Sieze
  12. Baradoros – Chaos Cannon

The altruistic cause of the fundraiser is a support project for the nonprofit Child Need Africa, which runs the medical clinic in Uganda that we all have helped to fund in 2012. In order to keep up the level of life-saving medical service that they’ve been providing to the impoverished region, they need a strong and sustainable source of income for the clinic, one that will be independent of donations in the long term.

The first step to achieving this is for Child Need Africa to buy and renovate a house near the capital, so that the complete revenue from the rents can help pay for essential supplies for the clinic, especially the medication. All details of the project can be found on Your Siblings’ Permanent Income for the Clinic project page.

Video after the break.

Release Event of Ministry of Brony: Sessions One Charity Album

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We are proud to announce that Fillydelphia Radio has compiled the charity album Ministry of Brony: Sessions One to benefit the support project for Child Need Africa’s medical clinic in Uganda.

This Saturday, March 29, 2014, at 8 p.m. EDT (midnight UTC), they will launch the fundraiser and premiere the album live on Fillydelphia Radio!

The album Ministry of Brony: Sessions One is a DJ mix compilation of fifty-four minutes of house, trance, and electro music mixed by Waranto Wingbeats. It features twelve tracks of awesome, pumping music from the community, a homage to the popular Ministry of Sound releases. You’ll be able to download it as archive of FLAC, MP3, AAC, and OGG files, including the twelve split tracks and a full-length mix.

The cause is a support project for the nonprofit Child Need Africa, which runs the medical clinic in Uganda that we all have helped to fund in 2012. In order to keep up the level of life-saving medical service that they’ve been providing to the impoverished region, they need a strong and sustainable source of income for the clinic, one that will be independent of donations in the long term.

The first step to achieving this is for Child Need Africa to buy and renovate a house near the capital, so that the complete revenue from the rents can help pay for essential supplies for the clinic, especially the medication. All details of the project can be found on Your Siblings’ Permanent Income for the Clinic project page.

Charity Chitchat with Natasha Levinger and Amy Keating Rogers

Whatcha doin’?

Maybe rewatching “Pinkie Apple Pie” or “Pinkie Pride”?

Good choice! If you have any questions for the authors of these episodes—Natasha Levinger and Amy Keating Rogers—then tune in

February 22 at 4 p.m. EST (9 p.m. UTC) on events.yoursiblings.org!

Charity Chitchat is an interview livestream that we’ve put together so that you can meet these two esteemed writers while they meet on air as well. You’ll be able to listen to their writers’ lore and even ask questions for them in the chat!

But of course we have ulterior motives: The next phase of our Seeds of Kindness fundraiser will be in support of a Your Siblings project by the nonprofit Child Need Africa who are running the medical clinic in Uganda that we all have helped to fund in 2012. The site of the clinic was chosen because that region of the Rubirizi District is one of several especially impoverished parts of the country and also one with particularly bad access to medical services. There, the nonprofit aims to provide free healthcare to those who would otherwise not be able to afford it.

Over more than half a year that the clinic has been in operation and helped countless people who were suffering from malaria, worm infections, STDs, and other diseases, and provided medical education in secluded parts of the region, it showed that the medical situation was even more dire than the physician in charge had estimated. In order to keep up the level of service that they’ve been providing, they’ll need a strong and sustainable source of income for the clinic, one that will be independent of donations in the long term.

The first step to achieving this is by tapping into the flourishing real estate market in and around Kampala. Child Need Africa wants to buy and renovate a house there, so that the complete revenue from the rents can benefit the operation of the clinic. All the details of the project can be found on the Your Siblings website on their “Permanent Income for the Clinic” project page and in their latest blog post.

So tune in on February 22 for this premiere! Unlike with our previous streams, we will not interview our guests consecutively: After an intro of approximately half an hour both will be with us live in Ponyville Live’s virtual studio!

Call for Submissions: Ministry of Brony Charity Album

First a word of caution: This is not “Minibro”—it’s not grim and ominous like 1984; neither is it silly enough to be a Monty Python reference: The title “Ministry of Brony” is an allusion to the club and record label Ministry of Sound.

In that terpsichorean spirit, Fillydelphia Radio has teamed up with Bronies for Good to launch a quest for the best original house, techno, and trance music to fill an album of approximately 160 minutes, possibly more.

Submissions are accepted till February 28, 2014, so that the album can be released March 15, 2014! All further details for the musicians can be found on My Little Remix.

Our Bronies for Good side of the bargain is that the proceeds from the album will benefit the same causes that the Seeds of Kindness fundraisers support. At the moment we’re fundraising for the Green Life’s Green Village project in Burundi.

In the region around Gitega, many children are without a home and often have to steal to survive. Green Life has been established to save these children’s lives and grant them a new future. In the Green Village smaller street children can obtain a basic education that will enable them to later visit a regular school; older street children can learn crafts such as welding and pottery, and various agricultural skills; and all of them can find the safety of a new family. All the while, the nonprofit tries to reunite children with their families when they have one and to solve the domestic problems that caused them to flee.

When that project is completed, we are planning to move on to one that will cement the sustainability of the medical clinic we funded with the first Seeds of Kindness fundraiser. In order to be able to hold more life-saving medicine in stock, the physician and chair or the nonprofit Childneed Africa, wants to establish a source of additional income for the clinic. We’ll keep you posted!

If you want to learn more about these projects, then have a look at the report that Your Siblings has published.

Top 50 Pony Music Countdown 2013 Charity Event

Top 50 Pony Music Countdown 2013 Charity Event
For months, Fillydelphia Radio and Ponyville Live have been planning and posting and counting so you can enjoy a countdown of the top 50 songs of 2013 as voted on by the community. According to this Google Form, the event will take place next Tuesday, December 31, 2013 between 1 and 7 p.m. EST. For the viewer page and for confirmation on the date, please watch the websites of Ponyville Live and Fillydelphia Radio for updates.

The event, however, is neither self-adulation of the fandom nor a mere end in itself: Giveaways will be linked to donations to the Seeds of Kindness 3 fundraiser. After you have already allowed Green Life to invest €10,422 into extending their agricultural program to various kinds of vegetables that will serve to keep the street children in their care healthy and well nourished, they now need €8,634 to build a stable and buy a dairy cow.

In both cases Green Life expects a surplus of produce that they can sell to earn additional money for school fees and medical care for the children. All the while the children have an opportunity to acquire valuable skills in agriculture and the keeping of animals, in addition, that is, to the education Green Life already provides to those who can’t yet attend a regular school.

So donate right away but also tune in on December 31 to get the scoop on the top 50 songs of the year—and to donate again of course. Note that there’s a little spoiler below the break.

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