TACOMA, Washington — Kacey Musgraves‘s country music career began in East Texas. Through her music, Musgraves chronicles her life in a small Texas town and shares life wisdom she found along the way. With an honest voice and open heart, she ended up working her way to six Grammys, two in 2014 and four in 2019. Her music contains motifs of small-town country life but those strong morals, evident in her art, are also seen in Kacey Musgraves’s philanthropy.
Music and Philanthropy
Kacey Musgraves does not glamorize country life, but she does show appreciation for its better aspects and looks for ways to weed out the negatives.
In fact, in a world with such negative news cycles, she tries to keep a positive outlook. But sometimes it takes learning and a new perspective to move from negativity. One of Musgraves’s most poignant songs is “Good Ol’ Boys Club.” In this hit, she speaks against the lure of powerful people and their lifestyles.
Like The Borgen Project’s mission, Kacey Musgraves understands the need for philanthropy and ending global poverty.
Kacey Musgraves’s Charity Work
Because of her consistent reevaluation and introspection, Musgraves’s charity work goes beyond well-established methods in the hopes of more efficient aid. In her song, “Pageant Material,” she acknowledges that changing the world means substantial effort and action to make that change.
Kacey Musgraves’s charity work includes:
- PetSmart Charities, which matched more than 900,000 pets with homes across North America to minimize disease risk
- The T.J. Martell Foundation that funds cancer research in areas with heightened environmental risk
- Young Survival Coalition, established to help young women diagnosed with breast cancer
- MusiCares, which provides discrete help to musicians in need worldwide, ranging from substance abuse to COVID-19 aid
- GLAAD, an organization founded to counter unfactual HIV/AIDS media, which now raises LGBTQ voices in world media to help one of the most disenfranchised groups
- The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which has five sectors working to help poverty: the global health division, the global development division, the global growth & opportunity sector, the United States education division and the advocacy group
Besides redistributing her wealth, Musgraves does charity performances. Her largest charity performance occurred in Johannesburg, South Africa during the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela. This concert supported the Motsepe Foundation, an institution that actualizes the African concept of “ubuntu,” meaning giving and caring for your neighbor. The Motsepe Foundation helps Africa-wide initiatives for education and poverty-reduction.
With all her charity work perhaps Musgraves tries to embody the lyrics in her hit “Wonder Woman.” In this song, she underscores how actions big or small are important and that we can all be our own version of “Wonder Woman.”
Musgraves’s Environmental Philanthropy and its Impact on Poverty
One cause near to Kacey’s heart is environmental protection. Off of her 2019 Grammy-winning album “Golden Hour,” the song “Oh What a World” uses beautiful melody and poetic lyrics to show her love for Mother Earth. The chorus goes: “Oh, what a world, don’t wanna leave/ All kinds of magic all around us, it’s hard to believe/ Thank God it’s not too good to be true.”
Her song rings true. Climate change directly causes land loss, increased natural disasters and compound stress on society’s systems. Advocates have long warned of the exponential impact of climate change on already at-risk peoples.
Statistics from Mercy Corps state:
- Draught in the last decade impacted one billion people
- Three out of four poverty-stricken people rely on natural resources for daily nutrition
- 1.3 billion people work on deteriorating agricultural land
So unless upcoming policy helps minimize climate change, the world’s poor will have to suffer the consequences. Musgraves understands the trickle-down impacts of climate change and on Earth Day 2020 released a charity version of “Oh What a World.” The proceeds went to to the World Wildlife Fund.
As Kacey Musgraves’s career continues successfully, she will surely help educate, empower and fund those in this world so beautiful, it’s “hard to believe.”