Grammy Nominations 2017
Steven Tyler on Charity to Help Young Victims of Abuse: 'Hope Is Everything' (Exclusive Video)
Back in November, Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler launched a philanthropic campaign called Janie’s Fund to raise voices for the young female victims of neglect and abuse. The singer recruited artists including Bono, Sir Elton John, Britney Spears and Carrie Underwood to lend their own voices to the cause, sending each of them his trademark white, jewel-encrusted mic stand, complete with hand-sewn signature scarves.
Named after Aerosmith's “Janie’s Got A Gun,” which reached No. 4 on the Hot 100 almost 26 years ago, Janie’s Fund will use 100 hundred percent of all donations to support proven programs at Youth Villages, a national nonprofit dedicated to providing effective solutions for over 23,000 children and families each year with emotional and behavioral changes.
“An entire community was built around this song's message,” Tyler wrote on the Janie’s Fund website. “Over the years, I've been overwhelmed by the thousands of fans who have sent me letters, telling me their stories and how ‘Janie's Got A Gun’ affected and inspired them.”
In a new video clip, which Billboard has exclusively, the singer explains about Janie's Fund: “There really, really, really are ways out. And that’s all. Hope sometimes is everything.”
Watch the exclusive clip below:
With a $5 donation to Janie's Fund, participants may be entered to win The Ultimate VIP Rock Experience, which includes walking the red carpet and hanging with Tyler backstage at his first solo album release party.