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.

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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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Charity Double Premiere: Dash of Christmas and A Princess Carol

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The double premiere of the year is here: All throughout 2013 and longer, Bronystate and Brony Radio have each collaborated with many talented artists, singers, and voice actors on their respective projects, the radio plays Dash of Christmas and A Princess Carol!

Both will premiere in parallel on Sunday, December 22, at 12:30 p.m. EST on the Your Siblings events page, Ponyville Live, and Celestia Radio!

Dash of Christmas

This Sunday, we bring you a touching tale of a mare working her way around work and weather to make a young filly’s Christmas the best one ever. After three months of brutal work comes Dash of Christmas, featuring the voices of PKEmi, Anne Chloe, Mary Medley, Missy Angel and DJ Calcos! Written by Bronystate members Reikm and Sylandest, Art by Reikm and Tesuai, and created by Scoot-Scootaloo!

A Princess Carol

This Sunday, we bring you a pony take on an old Christmas classic with multiple carols, penned by the talented John Perry, inspired by Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, and featuring the voices of Hannah as Luna, Memj0123 as Celestia and Spike, Meredith Sims as Twilight, ProjectSNT as Pinkie Pie, Adrienne as Fluttershy, Rev as Coltroy, Deftfunk as the town crier, Mochi as Mayor Mayor and Zecora, and Sleepypony as narrator. Join us as we travel on a journey with Princess Luna: Will she see the true meaning of Hearth’s Warming before it’s too late?

On the charity side, every viewer and listener is held to donate as much as they see fit in view of these wonderful plays to the Seeds of Kindness 3 fundraiser, which will also be linked on the viewer pages. You will thereby contribute to the extension of the Green Village project in Burundi, which provides not only a home for street children but through practical education also a stepping stone for them into a new self-determined future.

Nurse Redheart’s Reboot

This September, we held our third Nurse Redheart’s Roundup blood drive, which resulted in the donation of approximately 5.95 liters in lifesaving blood.

Traditionally, we’ve held Nurse Redheart’s Roundup every September, and it’s always been a success. Even though we’ve had a few incentives to offer, it has always been out of the goodness of their hearts that folks have turned up and given their time and blood for the betterment of others.

However, we’ve noticed that our current model of focusing on a specific month can be somewhat limiting. For starters, regular blood donors need approximately six to eight weeks to recuperate after each donation, and many of them are unable to participate in the Roundup due to timing. Also, the needs of local blood donation centers vary, and a September-only blood drive can’t factor in the specific needs and shortages of local communities. Last but not least, meetup groups don’t always have time to organize September gatherings that could facilitate collective blood donation efforts.

In light of these and other considerations, we’ve decided to make a change. Nurse Redheart’s Roundup is becoming an ongoing effort. To facilitate that, we are putting a dedicated page up on the Bronies for Good website. On it you will find information on donation procedures, and resources to help put you in touch with blood drives and facilities near you.

What We Need from You

Nurse Redheart’s Roundup relies on the communication we receive from those of you who are so very generous with your blood. If you donate blood and want it to be counted as part of the Roundup, please start by visiting our Nurse Redheart’s Roundup page, and fill out the form there. Please remember to link to a scan or photo of your receipt, which you can upload to Dropbox, Imgur, or any number of similar services.

The tally will be automatically updated on our webpage every five minutes, so if you don’t see the tally change immediately after you’ve made your submission, please give it a moment.

Fabulous Prizes

We will still have a prize giveaway in the month of September, but instead of taking into account only participants from that month, all donors who complete submissions through our website at any point in the year will be eligible for prizes come September.

We will also be organizing more pledge drives than ever at future conventions. To aid in this particular effort and other Roundup-related projects, we would like to quickly introduce you all to Radtech Redheart, who has been kind enough to climb aboard to devote her time and energy to helping organize the effort, and to help transition Nurse Redheart’s Roundup into its new and exciting model:

Radtech Redheart here, and shall I say thrilled to be invited to join the team behind Redheart’s Roundup. I am looking forward to working to make this the most successful year ever for the Roundup. With international and domestic disasters happening at an alarming rate, giving of ourselves (more specifically of our blood) can make more of a difference now than ever. We must join together to be strong and help those in need. I look forward to updating you as we go through this next year.

Thank you all for having supported Nurse Redheart’s Roundup so far. We hope we can count on your ongoing support as we move into the future.

Gaming for Good Livestream: Final Reminder

About a week ago we announced our eight-hour charity gaming livestream Gaming for Good. This is a final reminder in case you missed the post!

You are invited to join us on November 16 at noon EST on events.yoursiblings.org where repesentatives of Bronies for Good, Derpy News, and Equestria Daily, as well as Emily Jones, and Dpad Pony will be playing Team Fortress 2 (competitive hat simulator), DoTA 2, League of Legends, Super Street Fighter 4: Arcade Edition, Skull Girls, Papers Please, and much more—all benefiting the Seeds of Kindness 3 fundraising initiative!

With a little luck you may even be able to jump in on a few rounds, or you may win steam games, pony swag, and more!

We’ll also be interviewing the development teams of both Legends of Equestria and Mane 6 to bring us the latest on their respective projects!

We look forward to seeing you all there for a big collaborative push for humanitarian projects for sustainable development in Uganda and Burundi!

Gaming for Good: A Brony Gaming Livestream Fundraiser

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1. Gaming for Good

What do you get when you assemble an eight-hour palette of exciting and potentially rage-inducing video games, prize giveaways, and a fluffy altruistic cause? A splendiferous, pony-infused, video game–themed fundraising event of course!

Bronies for Good, in tandem with intrepid folks from Derpy News and Equestria Daily, as well as Everfree Network’s podcast hosts Emily Jones and Dpad Pony are excited to bring you Gaming for Good! A Brony video games–themed charity fundraising event benefiting the Seeds of Kindness 3 fundraising initiative!

Come join us November 16, noon EST on events.yoursiblings.org with our show hosts, featured guests, and cadre as we delve headlong into your favorite competitive video games! We’ll be playing Team Fortress 2 (competitive hat simulator), DoTA 2, League of Legends, Super Street Fighter 4: Arcade Edition, Skull Girls, Papers Please, and much more!

Play your cards right and generously, and you’ll even be able to jump in on a few rounds as the bullets start flying and frustration keeps mounting, not to mention getting your chance to win steam games, pony swag, and more!

We’ll also be interviewing the development teams from both Legends of Equestria and Mane 6 to bring us the latest on their respective projects!

Be sure to bookmark events.yoursiblings.org to join the fun on November 16 at noon EST!

We look forward to seeing you all there while helping us ensure the advancement of ongoing humanitarian projects for sustainable development in Uganda and Burundi!

2. Release of “Under The Moon”

We are also pleased to announce the release of an updated and remastered version of “Under the Moon,” a bluesy orchestral ballad featured on our fourth and most recent charity album, A Beautiful Heart. “Under the Moon” features the musical talents of Sprocket and Feather, and poses the question: What if the princess had sung a soliloquy during “Luna Eclipsed”?

The Seeds of Kindness 3 fundraising drive is an ongoing effort that has been in the works since August of this year. We have raised more than €25,000 for the Safe Project orphanage in Uganda and the Green Village for street children in Burundi. As a direct result, the scores of children in the care of the orphanage were able to move into their new building a few weeks ago. Everypony who donates to this drive receives a complimentary download of A Beautiful Heart as well as the other three charity albums. (Those who have already donated can also download the updated version of “Under the Moon.”)

A Beautiful Heart is our fourth album. It is the culmination of months of work from many talented musical artists throughout the fandom. Featuring 38 tracks, more than two hours of music, several ambitious collaborations, and music from both popular artists throughout the fandom and up-and-coming musicians alike, A Beautiful Heart is a testament to the generosity and spirit of altruism running strong in the brony music scene today. It’s our pleasure to share it with you now. Keep an eye out for contributions from artists such as EileMonty, MEMJ, Forest Rain, Feather, Makkon, Carbon Maestro, Seventh Element, MC Flowny, and many more.

Listen to it after the break!

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