Rockstar Steven Tyler has launched a new philanthropic initiative: Janie’s Fund (www.JaniesFund.org). A partnership with Youth Villages, the fund will bring hope and healing to girls affected by neglect and abuse, as well as raise awareness for this cause. Tyler’s hit song “Janie’s Got a Gun” was born out of his desire to speak for victims of child abuse. Launching Janie’s Fund fulfills a longtime dream of helping young victims.
“As a father and grandfather, I want to focus my energy on things that really matter and leave behind something else in this crazy world, along with my music. I am starting Janie’s Fund to give a voice to the millions of victims who haven’t had one and encourage everyone to join me on this mission,” says Tyler.
The fund kicked off with 54 days of impact, from November 8, the 26th anniversary of the release of the Aerosmith song “Janie’s Got a Gun,” through the end of 2015. Anyone who signs up to support Janie’s Fund during that period at Prizeo.com/StevenTyler becomes a Founding Member and receives limited-edition merchandise from Tyler. They also can register to win an “ultimate VIP rock experience with Tyler,” which includes walking the red carpet and backstage passes to an upcoming performance.
Last week, in advance of the Janie’s Fund announcement, Tyler sent mystery crates to other artists, including Bono, Sir Elton John, Jennifer Lopez, Carrie Underwood, and more, which contained replica’s of Tyler’s trademark white, jewel-encrusted mic and stand, as well as hand-sewn scarves with a handwritten message from the rock star that read: “I may have a big mouth, but now I need your voice.”