Maeve Steele’s Coastline Virtual Tour Perfectly Combined Music and Philanthropy
Indie-pop artist Maeve Steele traveled the coast of California to perform live streams of her debut EP, Barefoot . But instead of selling tickets, she decided to raise money for various California-based nonprofits focused on hunger relief: SLO Food Bank, No Kid Hungry, Foodbank of Santa Barbara County, and Second Harvest. The digital tour, while free for everyone, included links in the livestream’s description which she highly encouraged her viewers to donate to, calling it a “virtual tip jar.”
Steele was inspired to use her art to help nonprofits based on the coast of California specifically because of her childhood growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area. All four songs on her Barefoot EP were inspired by the coast, and she wanted to use her art to help and amplify the voices of others. She performed the music off of the EP before its release, and also performed covers of others’ music.
Barefoot is Steele’s first full-length EP, and it’s full of ambient music and poetic lyrics inspired by the California coast. Take a listen on all streaming platforms, out now.