Fans attending Ani’s Birmingham, AL performance this Saturday will have a chance to enter a raffle for an autographed copy of Verses to benefit the Alabama Birth Coalition. The Alabama Birth Coalition is trying to get legislation passed that would legalize Certified Professional Midwifes in Alabama. Right now, women who want home birth in Alabama have to do one of three things: drive to a neighboring state that offers legal recognition, hire a midwife who risks prosecution and whose training may be questionable, or birth unassisted. So before you stand in the long line for beer before the show, visit the Alabama Birth Coalition table and buy a raffle ticket for your chance to win and support a great cause.
Not going to the show in Birmingham? You can still support a great organization and place your bid on a beautiful Alvarez guitar autographed by Ani and a personalized copy of Verses. The Institute for the Musical Arts (IMA) in Goshen, MA was co-founded 20 years ago by June Millington, the guitarist for the all-female band Fanny, to ensure that girls and women have access to all aspects the music business, especially performance. IMA is raising funds to complete their new recording studio with special auctions on eBay. The auctions began March 8 (International Women's Day), and new items will be added periodically throughout March and into April. Ani’s Alvarez acoustic/electric guitar is scheduled for auction between March 20 and 29. The personalized copy of Verses is scheduled for auction between March 28 and April 6.