Over the last two weeks, global protests against racism and demanding an end to police violence against black communities have pulled people onto the streets in their hundreds of thousands. Now manufacturers of music gear have joined the fray. Builders of guitar pedals and other gear – including well-known brands like Old Blood Noise Endeavors and Chase Bliss Audio – have been finding creative ways to raise money for anti-racism charities. Many of these campaigns are still running, so if you fancy making a donation and at the same time winning a nice new bit of gear, check these out. Of course, you could just make a donation without taking part, too…
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Pedal builder Beter Bregman is giving away the very first hand-built prototype of his Manifold Drive pedal. This circuit inspired the Resonant Electronic Designs pedals and provided the A side of Chase Bliss’s Brothers pedal. Your entry for the giveaway starts at $25.
Chase Bliss Audio
The remowned maker of pedals like the Blooper and Thermae has launched a giveaway of an Automatone Preamp MkII. To enter, email proof of your donation to one of the six charities it’s supporting, or send them an email detailing how you intend to fight police brutality. The company is also donating $1000 dollars to each charity.
4ms is pledging a portion of its sales this week to AFRORACK and Don’t Shoot PDX, a community education and advocacy based in Portland.
Tom Majeski, alias cooperfx, is holding a raffle of his personal Generation Loss pedal. Each raffle entry costs $10.
Red Witch Pedals
This builder of boutique pedals based in New Zealand has pledged all the profits from his sales for seven days to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored Peoples Legal Defence Fund.
Abominable Pedals is making a special PCB of its Hate Stomper boost, with proceeds going to the Black Lives Matter Seattle-King County Freedom Fund. Each unit is priced at $6.66!
God City Music
Old Blood Noise Endeavours
These purveyors of excellent pedals donated 100% of its sales revenues from 5 June to Black Lives Matter OKC – totalling over $50,000!
Electronic Audio Experiments
Boston, MA-based John Snyder gave away a Hypersleep pedal (raffle now closed), donating proceeds to bail funds for protesters arrested during the protests. The giveaway raised $4381, an impressive amount!
Doug Tuttle also held a donate-to-enter raffle (now closed), with the lucky winner getting a pedal from the company’s catalogue (he chose a Pitch Pirate). The charities he supported included the George Floyd Memorial Fund, Campaign Zero and Minnesota Freedom Fund.