By David Lindquist
Indianapolis, IN (July 22, 2010)-Despite conventional wisdom that touring is the only way musicians make money these days, Jack Johnson is donating all of his on-the-road profits to the Johnson Ohana Charitable Foundation. The singer-songwriter began the practice on his 2008 tour, with his foundation dedicated to supporting environmental causes and arts education.
“There was a time when I wasn’t sure I wanted to tour more,” he says. “Being able to use it as a fundraising tool really made it make sense to me.” For Friday’s show at Verizon Wireless Music Center, $500 donations are earmarked for Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Friends of the White River, Hoosier Environmental Council, Growing Places Indy and Slow Food Indy.
The nonprofit organizations can receive additional funds through a matching donation opportunity. Johnson’s foundation will give an equal amount of money donated by concert attendees (or online through Oct. 15), up to $2,500 per group. Johnson, husband to foundation co-creator Kim Johnson and the father of two sons and a daughter, says his family frequently visits community gardens or other projects while on tour.
“I love playing live music, and the touring has become a bunch of things for us,” he says. “It’s fun to be able to raise money for all these groups doing great things, and I get to bring the family and have a great vacation. It’s nice to show the kids what my friends and I are working toward.”