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Dreams Coming True ~ May 25



Sweet dreams, indeed, are those we realize when awake! Muruch, a culture blog in the vanguard of music discovery and sharing, soon celebrates its 15th anniversary.


Earlier this month, Muruch put out a call for submissions to its dream project – an album of music, spoken word poetry, and visual art to benefit RAINN. The clarion sounded and artists have responded with the full-hearted spirit that Muruch’s shown for creators throughout this century.


Allison Crowe has received such profound support and appreciation from Muruch over the years – she’s among those musicians, poets, painters, photographers, illustrators and more – grateful for this opportunity to be part of it all!


Here’s the scoop so far from Muruch - NB you can still contribute to this great album and cause:





Call for Music, Poetry & Art Submissions for RAINN Benefit Album


Muruch is curating a nonprofit, digital album of music, spoken word poetry and art to benefit RAINN, the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network organization and National Sexual Assault helpline founded by singer Tori Amos.


Muruch Presents: A Benefit Album for RAINN will feature…



Dave McKean
Amber Ortolano
Mark Demsteader
Jen “Coble” Hopper
Mandy Tsung
Kate Zambrano


Music by:

Allison Crowe
The Dresden Dolls’ Amanda Palmer
Concrete Blonde’s Johnette Napolitano
Pamela Means
Elysian Fields
Hannah Fury
Caroline Lavelle
Heidi Saperstein
Anielle Ried
Catie Curtis
The Frozen North


Poetry by:

Neil Gaiman
WV Poet/Ted Talker Crystal Good
V.C. McCabe
Kevin Kantor
Clementine von Radics


Anyone interested in contributing music, spoken word poetry and/or art to the benefit album can email with the subject “Muruch RAINN Submission” and a high/CD quality mp3 (320 Kbps) or a download link (Dropbox, Google Drive, etc.) of your recording or images of your artwork along with any credits or links for the PDF liner notes.


We welcome submissions by artists and poets of all levels, backgrounds, gender and age, including amateurs and especially indies. Submissions should be topically appropriate for the charity — anti-rape, anti-abuse, anti-domestic violence, PTSD, survival, strength, healing, etc. Instrumentals are also accepted.


The submitter must own the copyright and all licensing rights for their recording or artwork, whether it is an original composition or a cover (unless it’s public domain). Previously published work and simultaneous submissions are accepted, but notify us immediately if the work is accepted elsewhere. Submitters will retain their copyright and any other rights to their work, we only ask permission to include the work on the digital album to benefit RAINN.


No one featured on the album, including me, will receive any monetary compensation — 100% of the proceeds will be donated directly to RAINN through Muruch’s RAINN Fundraising Page. But all involved will receive a lot of free, positive publicity and help a very worthy cause.


The digital album and accompanying artwork will only be available in exchange for a $10 or more direct donation to RAINN through Muruch’s RAINN Fundraising Page. Once a donation is made, the donor will receive a donation receipt and an email with a private album download link and password.

We hope to kick off the benefit album and donation campaign in July to coincide with Muruch’s 15th anniversary, but this is very much a work in progress in its early planning stages. I’ll gladly accept assistance and input from collaborators, but I want to make sure all of the album’s proceeds are a pure, simple donation to RAINN.


Anyone who would like to donate directly to RAINN without contributing or purchasing the album can do so at Muruch’s RAINN Fundraising Page.


Anyone who has suffered from or is in danger of rape, abuse or domestic violence please visit RAINN or call the National Sexual Assault Hotline 800.656.HOPE. You are not alone or hopeless, you can survive and RAINN will help you. Everyone deserves a happy, healthy, safe life. Don’t ever give up.




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