Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler has launched Janie’s Fund, a campaign in support of girls who have been neglected or abused. This philanthropic initiative aims to raise both awareness and funds to help provide therapy and care for youth who have gone through such childhood horrors and trauma.
In a statement, Tyler said, “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.”
The name Janie’s Fund comes from Aerosmith’s 1989 single “Janie’s Got a Gun,” a song co-written by Tyler, “born out of a growing desire to speak up for victims of child abuse.” The song won a Grammy award, the first for the band.
Twenty-six years from the song’s release, Janie’s Fund was launched with its initial fundraising effort, 54 Days of Impact. During the 54-day period from the project’s kickoff on Nov. 8 to the end of the year, those who contribute to and support Janie’s Fund will be given a special item from Tyler and will be recognized as a founding member of the initiative.
Rewards differ depending on the amount of the donation. For instance, there is a hoodie for a $125 donation; an autographed copy of Tyler’s autobiography “Does the Noise in My Head Bother You” for a donation of $500; and dinner with the singer, a framed signed copy of a “Janie’s Got a Gun” lyrics sheet and a scarf enrobed mic stand for a $75,000 gift.
Moreover, supporters can get a chance to join Tyler at an upcoming event.
Tyler wrote on the initiative’s website, “By donating just $5, you’ll help support these girls and you’ll also be entered to win The Ultimate VIP Rock Experience walking with me down the red carpet of my first solo album release party. You’ll also get to hang with me backstage.”
Janie’s Fund is in partnership with Youth Villages, a non-profit organization that provides support and trauma-informed care for girls who have been abused or neglected. According to the press release, the group gives “intensive in-home services, residential treatment services, YVLifeSet services for girls aging out of foster care, and experiential therapies such as therapeutic drumming.” The organization, according to CEO Patrick Lawler, utilizes the latest science to help the young girls heal from the traumatic experience.