Harmonic Humanity’s mission is to provide jobs, education and counseling for Disabled, Veteran and low income women, men and children that are experiencing homelessness nation wide.
Jobs – The CD Program
Everyone deserves employment. Harmonic Humanity’s CD program provides an immediate job to any homeless, disabled or low-income individual living on the street. Homeless individuals are offered 3 free CDs to get started which they can sell on the streets to raise their initial $30. Afterwards, they must purchase the CDs for $2. The program offers a dignified way for these homeless individuals to make their own money, build respect and rise up.
Harmonic Humanity was founded almost 10 years ago when AJ Lovewins, a community activist, and social artist, who had experienced the devastation of homelessness in his younger years, asked himself, how he could expand upon a music program he had created at a soup kitchen in Seattle Washington in service to the homeless..
He found the answer to the question while in a self expression and leadership course at Landmark education designed to help emerging leaders bring their visions to life . The idea was to create Compilation CDs of uplifting music and distribute them directly to the homeless through street vendor programs. The vendors would purchase the CDs for $1 and sell them directly on the streets keeping 100% of the profit.
This simple program he and his community soon realized created a device and a structure that enrolled countless people in need, into a program where they could build self esteem, actually provide for themselves, and connect with the community in a positive way while learning about human consciousness and sharing great music.
Soon it became clear that this concept was “working” and empowering individuals far more than welfare checks, meals and beds alone and he, with the help of his best friend Joseph Jacques, and a growing community of musicians, activists and heroic homeless individuals began to engineer a program about social responsibility and inner change.
These relationships grew to the point where vendors began coming into the distribution hubs each day buying the CDs. During the first year of the program in 2009/17 the project helped homeless street vendors selling the CD’s to raise an estimated $150,000 for for themselves and success stories poured in from the streets as the local news took note.
It was clear from early on that this project had magic in it. In fact, the first time that Joseph and AJ posted up outside of Whole Foods that same year to test the CD concept themselves, it was none other than Dave Matthews who walked up at 9am to buy the first CD. Since then, Joseph and AJ have enrolled several musicians to this program to donate tracks and promote the concept.
There have been two CDs so far, Harmonic Humanity that have included artists such as John butler Trio, SOJA, Fishbone, Sierra Leone Refugee Allstars, Katie Grey, Singing Bear, The Luminaries, Manas Itene from Spearhead and Luc and the Lovingtons to name just a few see musicians here .
Future artist who are now jumping on board and have offered support for future projects include Jason Mraz, Michael Franti, Soja, Maroon 5, Sarah McLachlan, John Butler, The Sierra Leon Refugee All Stars, Katie Grey, and more.
To date, Harmonic Humanity has helped people experiencing homelessness in Seattle, Los Angeles, St Louis and San Francisco. The music employment program is simple. Caring musicians donate empowering music to be on compilation CDs which are distributed for $2 (our manufacturing cost $1 – plus $1 for our distributors overhead expenses) to people navigating homelessness. They, in turn, sell them on the streets as vendors for $10 and keep 100% of the profits ($8 per CD) to take care of themselves.
So far, Harmonic Humanity has distributed over 25,000 empowering compilation CD’s to the homeless in the U.S. to help them. Thanks to all who have helped; musicians, activists, organizations and caring volunteers like you. Dream work takes team work!
Watch this video to see some of the real impact we are having