Donate to RAINN & Neil Gaiman Will Match It!

Author Neil Gaiman, one of the contributors to Muruch’s upcoming RAINN Benefit Album, has offered to match all donations made through Muruch’s Fundraising Page on for the next 24 hours, up to $10,000!

This is an amazing opportunity to double the impact you can make in the lives of survivors. For just a $10 donation, RAINN’s national sexual violence charity and helpline will be able to provide support to two more survivors.

Plus every donor who gives $10 or more through Muruch’s Fundraising Page will receive a copy of Muruch’s benefit album when it becomes available later this summer.

The satisfaction of helping RAINN’s most worthy cause and an album of magnificent music, poetry and art curated by your favorite music expert, everybody wins!

To donate to RAINN: visit Muruch’s Fundraising Page.

To submit art, music or poetry for the benefit album, see the Call for Submissions.

Muruch’s RAINN benefit album and fundraising campaign is tentatively schedule for an official launch on July 1st.

Anyone who has suffered from or is in danger of rape, abuse or domestic violence please visit RAINN or call the National Sexual Assault Hotline 800.656.HOPE. You are not alone or hopeless, you can survive and RAINN will help you. Everyone deserves a happy, healthy, safe life. Don’t ever give up.

Amanda Palmer & Neil Gaiman Join Muruch’s RAINN Benefit

I’m so excited and honored to add Amanda Palmer and Neil Gaiman to Muruch’s RAINN Benefit Album tracklist!

Gaiman’s Sandman comics helped me through a dark time 15 years ago, around the time I first started sharing music on Muruch. And longtime readers are well aware of my obsessive love for Amanda Palmer’s band The Dresden Dolls, whose image and lyrics were once part of Muruch’s layout.

Our growing list of contributors also includes Concrete Blonde’s Johnette Napolitano, Hannah Fury, Elysian Fields and Heidi Saperstein. My first release as producer/curator is going to be my new favorite album and help a very dear, very worthy cause. The album’s liner notes will also include some incredible artwork by Amber Ortolano.

We’re still accepting images, spoken word poetry and music submissions until June 15th. See the benefit post for details.

Amanda Palmer: “The Art of Asking” (Book Review)

Part memoir, part love story and all funny and inspiring. Amanda Palmer’s book, The Art of Asking, is like a long letter from a dear old friend.

The Dresden Dolls, The Brigade, The Rebellyon, Kickstarter…it’s quite a trip down memory lane for those of us who’ve been enamoured with Amanda’s music since the “A is for Accident” demo songs first popped up online.

The book is about much more than the music, however, as the ever open-book Amanda shares details about her background, her art, her beloved friend Anthony and her romance with author Neil Gaiman.

Amanda’s candid, “take the donut” to be a Living Statue mantra in The Art of Asking gave me courage to turn my for RAINN benefit album dream into a reality and reminded me of why The Dresden Dolls are my all-time favorite band. There’s never been anyone like Amanda Palmer and I doubt there ever will be.

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Amanda Palmer on for RAINN Benefit Album

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Call for Music, Poetry & Art Submissions for RAINN Benefit Album

Submissions are now closed & the album press release is up.

Muruch is curating a nonprofit, digital album of music, spoken word poetry and art to benefit RAINN, the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network organization and National Sexual Assault helpline founded by singer Tori Amos.

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Neil Gaiman at WV Book Festival in October!

As if the resurrection of our beloved WV Book Festival isn’t exciting enough, The Charleston Gazette reports that Sandman creator Neil Gaiman is among the featured authors! Whether his wife, The Dresden Doll’s Amanda Palmer, will join him remains to be seen.

The book festival will return October 23 & 24 at the Charleston Civic Center during the fall edition of FestivALL.

The Storyteller author Jodi Picoult and Brown Girl Dreaming author Jacqueline Woodson are also on the festival lineup, which will feature several writer-oriented workshops.