Big Gigantic Aims to Raise $50k to Build a Digital Recording Lab for Colorado Youth

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Dominic Lalli and Jeremy Salken of Big Gigantic performs on the Sahara Stage during day 1 of the Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival (Weekend 1) at the Empire Polo Club on April 14, 2017 in Indio, California on April 14, 2017 in Indio, Calif.

Back in 2014, Big Gigantic took its relationship with fans and community to the next level. In the lead-up to some of its biggest shows, the Colorado-based duo started organizing its fanbase, the Lil G's, toward community outreach goals, like donating food and clothing for those in need, logging volunteer hours with nonprofits and charities.

The efforts were organized via social media with #ABigGiganticDifference, and in 2016, Big Gigantic turned that into A Big Gigantic Difference Foundation and donated a portion of ticket sales to charities in each city the duo performed.

Now, it's time to bring this commitment to community one step further, and for that, Big Gigantic brings its attention back to Colorado to support the creative community that raised it.

A Big Gigantic Difference Foundation has teamed with Denver's Youth on Record, an organization that offers for-credit courses and out-of-school programs to underserved Colorado youth. Together, Big Gigantic and Youth on Record want to raise money for a permanent digital music computer lab at the Denver location.

"Using the platform we have to raise awareness of issues in our community has always been important to us,” Big Gigantic says in a joint email statement. “We wanted to choose one larger project to raise funds for. Music and art programs are disappearing from Colorado schools, which means many kids are left without a creative outlet in school. That is something deeply saddening to us. With the help of our ABGDF team, we found Youth on Record, a nonprofit in Denver that provides music classes of all types for Colorado students who don't have access to music at their school. A permanent computer lab at Youth on Record will be an invaluable tool for Colorado's future young music makers; we're proud to team up with our fans to make it a reality."

Youth on Record needs newer computers and software to ensure its students get the up-to-date training they need to be competitive in the music industry. The money Big Gigantic and fans raise will pay for iMac desktops, Native Instruments Komplete Audio 6 Controllers, desks, chairs and the salary of an open lab instructor for a year. So far, Big Gigantic has raised $20,000, but the duo aims for $50,000 by the end of the year. They're on track to raise that money with ticket sales, but this is about community, and every bit fans throw in helps as well. Donations can be made online via A Big Gigantic Difference Foundation.