The boys in Islander have recently released their version of the R.E.M classic “It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (I Feel Fine) and are using it to raise money for the NYC Low-Income Artist + Freelancer Relief Fund. What brought this on, unfortunately brothers Mikey(Vocals) and Chris(/keyboard) Carvajal lost their aunt to the Covid-19 virus and the trio wanted to honor the brother’s late Aunt by giving to those in need. Donate to the cause HERE. Read the band’s Official statement below.
The world is being hit hard by COVID-19. Our hearts especially go out to the NYC community and everyone struggling right now. Our aunt/tia Lolin is one of the many that have passed away because of this terrible virus. So this effort to raise funds is dedicated to her huge heart and love for her neighbors. She was always thinking of others before herself. In honor of tia Lolin, a portion of proceeds from this track will go to the NYC Low-Income Artist + Freelancer Relief Fund to support the artists and freelancers that are struggling in her hometown of NYC. We love you, fellow artists. We love you, tia Lolin. 🦂Islander
PS. Thanks R.E.M.
#ItsTheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt #AndIFeelFine #StayHome
About NYC Low-Income Artist + Freelancer Relief Fund
The NYC Low-Income Artist + Freelancer Relief Fund was started by Shawn Escarciga and Nadia Tykulsker who’s goal is to help artists in the New York area during the Covid-19 pandemic. The fund was started on March 11th at the time of this article have raised over $75,000. Read their official bio below.
Hi. We’re Shawn Escarciga and Nadia Tykulsker, two artists/administrators/advocates in NYC raising money to support other artists and freelancers like us who are taking financial hits as a result of closures and lost income from Covid-19. Our intention is to collectively raise funds to provide emergency and preventative resources to those at financial risk as our government is doing little to protect our well-being.
We seek to provide support for low-income, BIPOC, trans/GNC/NB/Queer artists and freelancers whose livelihoods are being effected by this pandemic in NYC. Whether it’s from cancelled gigs, lost jobs, or a lack of business due to coronavirus scares, we hope to orchestrate an egalitarian approach to crowdsourcing.
We are so thankful to the support we’ve received so far from donors, other artists, and our vibrant and far-reaching arts community in New York City–from drag queens, to performance artists, to musicians, to theater and dance makers, to freelancers in a variety of creative fields.
We are currently working closely with Dance/NYC, the Indie Theater Fund, and the Dance Union to cross-check our lists and collaborate on sharing our resources to ensure as many people as possible can be supported.
Please consider donating or sharing if you are unable to give at this time. Thank you