The latest edition of Muñoz's concert series hits New York on Aug. 18 with headliner Kali Uchis.
As the only natural-born U.S. citizen in her family of five, Doris Muñoz grew up with an emergency plan in case she arrived to find her childhood home in Southern California empty. Her family’s anxieties were realized when her older brother was deported to Mexico in 2015. As the current U.S. administration rolled out anti-immigration policies in 2017, she worried about her parents, who were still seeking a path to citizenship. “I had been living in fear my whole life,” says Muñoz, a 25-year-old music manager who founded her own firm, mija mgmt, that year. “I had to take action.”
In 2017, she organized a concert to raise the $6,000 in legal fees needed to file immigration paperwork for her parents. The event sold out Los Angeles’ 300-capacity Hi-Hat and convinced local Chicano artist Cuco, who performed, to sign with Muñoz for management. Since surpassing her goal, Muñoz has hosted nine concerts in the series, dubbed Solidarity for Sanctuary, raising over $14,000 to support immigrant rights.