Environmentally-conscious apparel brand Patagonia announced a program today to sell exclusive music by Pearl Jam, Jack Johnson, moe., Umphrey's McGee and many others, with all proceeds donated to environmental charities of the artists' choice.
The tracks from Patagonia Music Collective cost $0.99 apiece in MP3 format. Twenty-two tracks are available as individual iTunes downloads or two bundled album compilations (11 tracks apiece). All of the songs are exclusive – you can only get ‘em by chipping in your dollar.
This new program is the brainchild of Yvon Chouinard, the rock climber and businessman who founded both Patagonia and the 1% for the Planet program (through which businesses donate 1% of their profits to environmental causes). Rather than just a download campaign, he says, the PMC should be a way for bands, fans and environmentalists to engage one another. In a Billboard article, Chouinard expresses hope that “other musicians will see that by just donating a song they can easily provide their favorite environmental group with a new stream of financing.”
moe. provided a brand new song called "One Life" written by guitarist Chuck Garvey. He told Jambands.com that, while the song was not written with the Patagonia project in mind, it touches on "themes of living more simply and ecological." Sales of that track will support Water.org.
Below: Check out the complete list of bands, tracks and associated nonprofits.
Bonnie Raitt and Jon Cleary / “So Damn Good (Live)” / Earth Justice
Zac Brown Band / “Cold Hearted (Live)” / Urban Farming
Blitzen Trapper / “All the Stones” / SOLV
Mason Jennings / “Don’t Let the World Go Black” / Freedom to Roam
Jack Johnson / “To the Sea” / The kokua Hawai’I Foundation
Brandie Carlile / "Turpentine" / Honor the Earth
moe. / “One Life” / Water.org
Abigail Washburn / “Sala (USA)” / Roots & Shoots
Spoek Mathambo / “Fly Away” / The H.O.P.E. Foundation
The Bad Plus / “Who’s He?” / Defenders of Wildlife
Ben Solee / “The Wires” / Kentuckians For The Commonwealth
Ziggy Marley / "A Fire Burns for Freedom" / JAMAICA Environment Trust
Maroon 5 / “Wake Up Call (Live)” / Reverb
Toad the Wet Sprocket / “Walk on the Ocean-Acoustic” / South Coast Habitat Restoration
Pearl Jam / “Oceans” / Conservation International Marine Programs
Piers Faccini / “Until Silence Reads the Lines” / Environmental Justice Foundation
Sun Kil Moon / "Chin Swee Suite" / The Ohio River Way
Philip Glass / “Kyoko’s House” / Sierra Club, Canadian Chapter
RaRa Riot / “The Orchard (Friendly Ghost Remix)” / Conservation Alliance
John Scofield / “How Deep” / Pesticide Action Network North America
Umphrey’s McGee / “Hajimemashite” / Climate Cycle
Brett Dennen / “Little Cosmic Girl” / The Tuolumne River Trust