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Help fund Royalty Free Haiti and bring music education to two Haitian cities

In 2010, just days after the earthquake in Haiti, Wheelchair Sports Camp's Kalyn Heffernan and fellow local musician Greg Cronin decided to do something. The two hastily set up a benefit show and raised close to a thousand dollars; the funds went directly to supporting medical assistance in Haiti, and Cronin himself began making trips to the country to help.

"When the earthquake in Haiti happened, it was kind of like a no brainer -- we had to do something," says Heffernan.

The benefit shows for Haitian earthquake victims became an annual event -- but the two friends realized they wanted to do more. Along with a handful of other Denver-based folks, non-profit Yon Sel Lanmou (a translation of "one love" in Creole) was created, and last week it launched Royalty Free Haiti, a crowdsourcing project that aims to create two functioning music schools in Port au Prince and Cap Haitien.

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Bree Davies is a multimedia journalist, artist advocate and community organizer born and raised in Denver. Rooted in the world of Do-It-Yourself arts and music, Davies co-founded Titwrench experimental music festival, is host of the local music and comedy show Sounds on 29th on CPT12 Colorado Public Television and is creator and host of the civic and social issue-focused podcast, Hello? Denver? Are You Still There? Her work is centered on a passionate advocacy for all ages, accessible, inclusive, non-commercial and autonomous DIY art spaces and music venues in Denver.
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