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The Mike Garson Fund

$34,883 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 402 people in 6 months
Created November 12, 2018
Team Mike Garson Reboot
on behalf of Mike Garson
Playing In The Key Of Love

Mike Garson is our friend. He is an amazing pianist and composer who has had an enormous impact on jazz, classical and rock music along with being a lifelong humanitarian who has helped countless people, performers and charity organizations around the world at the drop of a hat with the expectation of nothing in return. Mike’s musical career includes a decades long collaboration with David Bowie on more than 1,000 live performances and dozens of blockbuster albums along with albums and performances with greats like Nine Inch Nails, The Smashing Pumpkins and so many more. Mike has been the soundtrack to so many of our lives and it’s time for us to give back.

Mike’s home and studio have tragically burned to the ground - a place of magic where he composed and played on thousands of pieces of music, taught and consoled musicians and friends from around the world, and shared music and stories about his time with David Bowie to fans after Bowie’s passing. Mike’s pianos, keyboards, recording equipment, historical mementos, photographs and much more were lost to the tragic fires in Southern California on November 9. We must help him rebuild his studio, get back on the piano and continue to spread his gift to us all once more.

We’ve seen Mike receiving thousand of communications, each sincere and heartwarming with one body of thought asking if there’s anything they can do to help. All Mike has been saying in return has been gracious appreciation along with encouraging words that we all “transmit the outpouring of love given [to him] and don’t wait for moments like this to show others how much [we] love and care.” We adore Mike’s philosophy and understand his hesitation to ask for help when it’s badly needed. Mike believes in the power of music’s ability to heal and it is Mike’s music and compassionate spirit that empowers us to help him. 

So we’re taking over and creating this campaign on our own, on behalf of Mike but without his involvement as it’s something he would never in his wildest dreams ask for. We're asking everyone who has been touched by Mike’s music, his spirit, his passion, each of you who has has reached out to him wondering how they can help - please donate to this fund to allow our friend to get back to work on making the world a better place, rebuilding his spirit, rebooting his music and creating a studio for many more years of Mike Garson magic to come…

Please donate what you can and help spread the word to make this happen. Thank you!
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As Mike Garson’s engineer for many years, I spent a lot of time in his home studio and know first hand of the tremendous loss to Mike and the rest of us who adore him with it now all gone. I cherish the memories I’ve had with Mike and am privileged to have been welcomed into his creative space and for the friendship I have had with him. I am not alone. Thousands of others have had the opportunity to visit, perform, record and enjoy Mike’s studio. We’ve been hearing from so many of them about their time with Mike and their tremendous desire to help in some way.

The news of the fire having no mercy on Mike was gut wrenching to hear. I felt compelled, along with a few friends in the industry who have been equally touched by Mike, to help. So many were offering their love and support but many others were looking to do even more. We took it upon ourselves, with no direction from Mike or his family, to do what we could to help him rebuild a new space for him to be able to create again. There is no price tag that can be placed on the gift and positive effect of Mike’s music nor the loss of irreplaceable items. We decided this call to action was a noble one and worthy of reaching out to our greater network to ask for help since we knew that Mike wouldn’t.

While Mike is not involved in this campaign, he and his family are aware of it, humbled and grateful that the community has come together to help. All funds will be transferred directly to Mike Garson with no expectation of anything in return. We will not profit from this campaign in any way other than the satisfaction that we will have been able to help Mike get back into the studio to create the magic that we know he’ll make despite this terrible loss.

We so appreciate everyone’s contribution thus far as we’ve now passed the half way point of our goal. This is so very touching as we didn’t know what to expect and are aware of so many affected by the tragedy in need of help. We sincerely thank you and hope that you will continue to let others know about Mike and this campaign.

- Edmund
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$34,883 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 402 people in 6 months
Created November 12, 2018
Team Mike Garson Reboot
on behalf of Mike Garson
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