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5 AAPI Arts Organizations To Support (And 5 Awesome AAPI Initiatives To Back, Too)
Many of us support Asian American and Pacific Islander causes in our hearts, but aren't sure how to really help the AAPI community. Let this list of AAPI organizations and initiatives be your first step toward action.
By now, many people have heard the slogans: "Stop AAPI hate," "Hate is a virus," "Enough is enough." But the urgency behind those three phrases goes beyond just sentiments. When people of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) descent are afraid to walk the streets, armchair activism just won't do.
Instead, AAPI Heritage Month begins, one can turn those supportive axioms into material reality.
The recent rise in anti-Asian hate crimes has created online followings that have since evolved to become full-on social movements and initiatives. #StopAAPIHate isn't just a hashtag; it's an online portal where you can report incidents, learn safety tips, and attend virtual round tables. #HATEISAVIRUS isn't just a nice thought, but an online community of mobilizers. And #EnoughIsEnough is a business owners' initiative to raise awareness on AAPI issues.
If supporting AAPI communities and initiatives is important to you, now's the time to take action. Below are 10 AAPI organizations you can support today —five related to the arts and five advocating for the future and safety of AAPI people.
AAPI Organizations (Arts)
Asian Arts Initiative
Asian Arts Initiative constellates cultural expression and social change, using art as a vehicle to explore the various AAPI heritages and to steamroll hate.
South Asian Arts Resiliency Fund
Ignoring distinctions between artistic disciplines, the South Asian Arts Resiliency Fund promotes equity between artists of all stripes.
Asian Cultural Council
The Asian Cultural Council offers fellowships and grants to artists, scholars and arts professionals.
Whether one is a mobilizer or an amplifier, there's room for them in the #HATEISAVIRUS campaign to join forces and fight against xenophobia.
Asian American Women Artists Association
For those interested in supporting AAPI women creatives specifically, the Asian American Women Artists Association provides resources for that underserved community.
AAPI Organizations (General)
In an effort to stand against AAPI hate and violence, GoFundMe launched the #StopAsianHate initiative, directing users to the AAPI Community Fund.
Asian American Legal Defense & Education Fund
This is a nonprofit that, in their words, "protects and promotes the civil rights of Asian Americans. By combining litigation, advocacy, education, and organizing, AALDEF works with Asian American communities across the country to secure human rights for all."
Asian Pacific Fund
The Asian Pacific Fund is itself a portal to a variety of nonprofits and initiatives to provide assistance to besieged AAPI communities.
This hashtag has applied to a variety of causes over the years, but this iteration applies to a group of business owners providing free meals to promote unity and cross-cultural conversation.
CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities
Those who are passionate about helping low-income Asian communities should check out CAAAV, which does exactly that on an organized scale.
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Japanese Breakfast, Blackpink, Enhypen, Stray Kids, Mxmtoon & More | Listen To GRAMMY.com's AAPI Month 2022 Playlist
As we celebrate the contributions of AAPI artists throughout the month of May, GRAMMY.com presents a genre-spanning playlist of emerging and established artists you should know, including BTS, Jhené Aiko, B.I, TWICE, Arooj Aftab, and many more.
Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) musicians have created a plethora of transformative art, which is ripe for exploration. To help you do it, GRAMMY.com has put together a 30-song list with music from AAPI musicians including Luna Li, Wallice, Weston Estate, Kainalu and OHYUNG, along with other AAPI artists you should know like Deb Never, Lucy Liyou and Sunset Rollercoaster. You may even find your new favorite artist along the way.
This playlist spans genres and moods, and its primary goal is to expose you to fantastic new AAPI artists you might not find in less curated places, like your motionless Spotify algorithm or crooning through your car radio. You can think of this playlist as a first-rate tasting menu of what AAPI-made music has to offer — something to turn to when you’re looking for solidarity, inspiration or just some really good music.
Telling Our Stories: Mxmtoon, Tyler Shaw & Taku Hirano Talk Experiences In Music Industry
In honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, GRAMMY.com gathered artists for a conversation surrounding their experiences in and out of the music industry.
In honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, GRAMMY.com has gathered artists for a conversation surrounding their experiences in and out of the music industry. Singer/songwriter, producer, and gamer mxmtoon; singer/songwriter and producer Tyler Shaw; and percussionist Taku Hirano share their perspectives on Asian identity in and out of the U.S., what the music industry can do to be more inclusive of these communities, Asian and AAPI artists in pop culture, and more.
Among the topics of conversation was how Asian Americans and artists of Asian descent are portrayed in the media today.
"Hollywood did a very good job at creating the stereotype for the nerd, the character who dies off first, but now we're seeing some kind of change with Simu Liu being one of the first Asian Marvel characters," Shaw said.
While that may be changing, there needs to be more representation of the diversity with the community.
"There was just a recent poll where a large swath of the country couldn't name a prominent Asian American, and we have one in the White House as a vice president," Hirano pointed out.
The panel also touched on the history of anti-Asian sentiment in the country. "Oftentimes with my own audience, I have to educate them around different historical things that have happened and why we have racism and still face these sorts of things in our day-to-day lives," mxmtoon shared.
Watch the video above to listen to the whole conversation, including how k-pop and Olivia Rodrigo are making waves for the community.
Inaugural Spring & Sing! Virtual Event Announced: Celebrating Children’s Music Artists Of Asian American And Pacific Islander Heritage
The first-ever Spring & Sing! spotlights popular children's music artists of AAPI heritage and celebrates the importance of diversity within music
The GRAMMY Museum Experience Prudential Center has teamed up with the GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles and the Recording Academy’s New York Chapter to launch the first-ever Spring & Sing! Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month Celebration. This hour-long virtual event will feature popular children's music artists of AAPI heritage and will celebrate the importance of diversity within music.
Featured on the lineup will be GRAMMY-nominated artist Tina Guo, GRAMMY-nominated producer Kimié Miner, family music artist Little Miss Ann, folk rock band Elena Moon Park, Hapa Samoan artist Taimane, children's band Mista Cookie Jar & the Chocolate Chips, and others.
Spring & Sing! will air Saturday, May 22, at www.grammymuseumexp.org/spring-and-sing. This event is open to the public; no RSVP, registration or payment is required.
- 11 a.m. ET: Opening Statement from Tina Guo, GRAMMY Award-nominated and BRIT Female Artist of the Year-nominated musician
- 11:05 a.m. ET: Performances by Little Miss Ann, Elena Moon Park and Friends, Taimane, Mista Cookie Jar & the Chocolate Chips, Yoon Sun Choi, Falu, and Kimié Miner
How 88rising's Asia Rising Together Benefit Concert Is Supporting The AAPI Community
The pan-Asian music company 88rising has announced Asia Rising Together, a benefit livestream concert for AAPI Heritage Month 2021, airing Wednesday, May 26, at 7 p.m. PT and featuring Atarashii Gakko!, Bizzy, Guapdad 4000 and more
Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month 2021 may be winding down, but a powerful virtual livestream is ensuring it goes out with a bang. 88rising, a revered pan-Asian music company, has announced Asia Rising Together, a benefit concert hinged on "celebrating the Asian community to ultimately raise funds and awareness," according to a press release about the event.
Featuring performances from KOAD, Luna Li, mxmtoon, NIKI, Seori, Tiger JK, and other leading lights, Asia Rising Together will stream via 88rising's Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and SiriusXM channels tonight (May 26) starting at 7 p.m. PT.
"This is a really unique livestream centered around family and culture," performer Audrey Mika said in a statement. "I filmed part of my set with my mom and sister, and being able to share our Japanese roots on this platform is really special to me. I hope this shows everyone you can chase your dreams, stay true to yourself, and be proud of who you are in the process."
Asia Rising Together will also feature AAPI-centric programming that spotlights AAPI businesses and organizations. "88rising is committed to using music and our platforms to elevate AAPI voices, to raise awareness for issues affecting our AAPI community, and to denounce anti-Asian hate," Sean Miyashiro, the CEO and Founder of 88rising, added in his own statement.
Following the livestream tonight, Asia Rising Together will be available on-demand for two weeks on 88rising's Facebook, YouTube and Twitter channels.
Tune into this unique concert via the social channels above to make sure you bring the AAPI love into the rest of the year!