We are excited to present Get Together Austin, an initiative led by United Way for Greater Austin, along with some of Austin’s most beloved musicians, to ensure every child in our community has the chance to succeed.
We recruited 16 local, caring musicians who gave their time and talents to raise awareness about the need for high-quality preschool for low-income kids and the need for our community to come together as one to make this happen. We shot these musicians singing their own take of the song “Get Together” by The Youngbloods, a song about joining together to create positive change; we could not have picked a better song to portray our message.
Artists involved: A. Sinclair, Abram Shook, Calliope Musicals, Colin Gilmore, Dale Watson, Dana Falconberry, Gina Chavez, Golden Dawn Arkestra, Grupo Fantasma, LaTasha Lee & the Black Ties, Magna Carda, Quiet Company, Royal Forest, Sara Hickman, Shakey Graves and Wild Child.
We shot the video with production crew Arts+Labor in iconic Austin locations, from Zilker Park and Barton Springs pool to various murals, including our own “You’re My Butter Half” mural. We strived to get artists from a variety of genres, demographics and backgrounds to showcase the diversity of Austin itself.
Our early childhood education initiatives work with other community organizations to provide a variety of services tailored to each family and child, including parent education classes and affordable quality childcare and preschool programs. 90% of young children that receive these services are ready for school upon entering Kindergarten.
We wanted to present this imperative need in a creative and fun way. As Austin is the “live music capital of the world,” we wanted to ask our community’s musicians to help shed light on this project. Music is unique in that it can unite people of all different backgrounds, and we hope to inspire the community to create positive change with us.
Help us spread this initiative and you could win an autographed framed poster signed by the artists in the video!
1. Share the video with your friends on Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag #GetTogetherATX
2. Sign up to “join the movement” on GetTogetherAustin.org
By sharing the music video, adding your name to the movement and making a donation, you are giving another child the chance to succeed in life from the very beginning of their lives. All donations raised from this project will go to our Success By 6 program, to help children, parents, educators and childcare centers get the help they need to be great. Please visit GetTogetherAustin.org to learn more or click here to donate.