Earn It Yourself is an organization of members that believe a person must earn their success in life the honest way, without compromising their values and by working hard. EIY members are bringing their philosophy and EIY/DIY values to the music industry by supporting their local music and arts community. EIY has been working with Feed Our Children Now and the Vans Warped Tour this summer to help give members a chance to represent their local music scene. Last summer EIY held meet ups where kids could listen to music industry veterans give advice about how they can get involved and help their local music community.
There are EIY chapters for at least every city the Vans Warped Tour stops at; some are even set up in small towns! EIY chapters are currently in the developing stages but many chapters have already accomplished a lot. The Philadelphia Chapter was the first chapter to organize a meet up and from there have been going strong. They successfully fundraised so they could create hand printed EIY drawstring bags that included literature about their local music scene and handed them out at the Vans Warped Tour. Feed Our Children Now partnered with EIY to let chapter members set up a table for local music information; chapters are encouraged to bring compilation CD’s with local artists, flyers for upcoming shows, or any other local music information. EIY members also get to do press at the Vans Warped Tour as a reward for working hard, setting up an EIY chapter, and getting involved with their local music scene.
EIY created a new website that is optimized with forums so members in each city can interact and meet up to promote their local music scene. Every chapter has people who have taken the initiative to start talking about what they can do to contribute to their music community. Many chapters are in the process of organizing monthly meet-ups with members from their music scenes. The goal of EIY is to someday have active thriving chapters all over the world using the EIY website to organize and promote their local music scenes. EIY is open ended to what chapters can accomplish so it’ll be exciting to see how they’ll contribute to their communities. Keep an eye out for an EIY chapter near you!
For more information on how you can start or join a local EIY chapter check out: www.earnityourself.com
To check out EIY member Natalie’s blog with advice about the music industry go to:
To learn more about Feed Our Children Now: www.feedourchildrennow.com
To learn more about the Vans Warped Tour: www.vanswarpedtour.com
About the Author:
This article was written by Jessica Crighton a Marketing and Business Development Intern at Listen Local First DC. At Listen Local First, Jessica developed, shoot and edited the online video series “The Feedback Sessions” featuring local D.C. businesses that support D.C. area musicians and the community. She also helped design online and print advertising for “The Dog Days of Summer D.C.” a sidewalk festival featuring over 40 local business and musicians in the U Street Corridor area. Jessica hopes to continue to use her media production and design skills to help the local music community.