By Jeff Cornell
Foster The People have teamed up with Kind Campaign to raise awareness about bullying. The LA-based group have also launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds to spread the word about the issue; a global epidemic.
In the video (above), frontman Mark Foster explains reading about Nanae Munemasa, a Japanese student who has been bullied since elementary school. Like many young girls in Japan, and all over the world, she began skipping school and contemplated suicide. In the face of adversity Munemasa returned to school and started a blog to help others. She also created a band with her brother called Nanakato and credits music for giving her an outlet to share her voice.
Foster explains that he was so inspired by her story that he is going to bring Nanae Munemasa and her brother to Los Angeles to write and produce a song in a “world-class studio.” The band also teamed up with the Kind Campaign who are going to send people to Japan to spread their word and shine a light on bullying.
Mark Foster is donating many items to raise money—referred to as “perks” on the website—ranging from studio visits, handwritten lyrics, Skype calls and an autographed 7″. For just a $1 donation fans will get a download of the song Nanae Munemasa writes and records with Foster.
Aside from donations, Foster asks fans to “spread the word, talk about it, tell your friends, tweet about it.” He concludes by saying, “Just be nice to each other, because together we can end the epidemic of bullying and create a culture that’s based on kindness.”
At press time the site has raised over $4,000. To see all the “perks” available and to donate click here.