April 3, 2019
Setlists For Young Voices aims to raise money for writers by selling memorabilia from your favorite bands
by Ryan Harrington
The nearly 100 setlists that Setlists For Young Voices will soon be auctioning off to benefit youth writing programs is a veritable who’s who of the rock and roll world (including The Who).
But whence this magical program, you ask?
According to the press release announcing the upcoming auction:
This was all the brainchild of novelist, screenwriter, and music lover Nick Hornby, co-founder of Ministry of Stories, a youth writing center in London. “One of my friends used to stand at the front of the show so he could read the set list and call out the name of the next song. It really used to annoy the band,” Hornby says. “So this is a way to satisfy your music-geek side without aggravating your favorite musicians.”
Hornby called on novelist Dave Eggers, co-founder of 826 Valencia, a youth writing center in San Francisco. And soon, with the help of novelist Michael Chabon, Setlists for Young Voices was born. They put out the word, and setlists flooded in.
The donated setlists span the entire FM dial from Nine Inch Nails to Janelle Monáe, from Rush to the Dixie Chicks, and the proceeds they pull in will be funding two incredibly worthy youth writing programs: Hornby’s Ministry of Stories, as well as the Eggers-Uhle founded The International Congress of Youth Voices.
The bidding opens for 10 days starting April 22nd, with the ultimate goal of raising $50,000.
Ryan Harrington is a senior editor at Melville House.