Death Cab For Cutie, Mitski, Janelle Monae and more donate setlists to auction fundraiser


By Kwase Lane, Staff Writer
[Photo courtesy of Setlists for Young Voices]

Several well-known musicians, including Death Cab For Cutie, Mitski and Janelle Monae, donated their setlists to Setlists for Young Voices for a fundraising auction that ends on May 2. All proceeds from the auction will benefit the Ministry of Stories in London and The International Congress of Youth Voices in Puerto Rico.

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Setlists for Young Voices was conceived by Nick Hornby, co-founder of the Ministry of Stories, with help from Dave Eggers, co-founder of the San Francisco youth writing center, and Michael Chabon.

Eggers said in a press release that the organization is “hoping to raise about $50,000,” which will be used to bring teen writers and activists together for international summits in London and San Juan, Puerto Rico. The auction ends on Thursday, May 2.

Though there are around 100 setlists being auctioned in total, there are several notable setlists up for sale, including two from R.E.M.’s first major tour in 1989 that are signed by all four original members and currently priced at over $1,000.

Other memorable lots include five handwritten setlists from Patti Smith, Death Cab For Cutie’s setlist from the 15th anniversary of Transatalanticism, three setlists from Rush’s 2013 Clockwork Angels Tour, a signed setlist from The Who and Janelle Monae’s 2019 Coachella setlist.

Additional artists who have donated setlists to the cause include Wilco, Sigur Ros, Steely Dan, Dixie Chicks, Nine Inch Nails, Mitski, Rush, Jim James, Toro Y Moi, Maxwell, The Pretender, Shakey Graves, Better Oblivion Community Center and more.

The auction ends Thursday, May 2, at 7 p.m., but it’s still not too late to jump in, and some setlists are going for as little as $20. Check out the online auction to see what’s up for sale and try to get your hands on a unique piece of music memorabilia.

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