Steven Tyler Launches Janie's Fund for Victims of Child Abuse After Aerosmith Song
Steven Tyler isn't just launching a career as a country artist, he's also getting in to a new philanthropic imitative. Earlier this week, Tyler announced the creation of Janie's Fund, named after Aerosmith's hit 1989 track "Janie's Got a Gun." The fund was crafted in tandem with Youth Villages to help support women who have endured neglect as well as sexual, physical and emotional abuse.
"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," Tyler explained in a news release via Rolling Stone. "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."
"Janie's Got a Gun," which tells a story of an abusive dad, became Aerosmith's second-highest chart topper in the late '80s; it reached No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100.
An initial fundraising drive has already launched and will continue on through the end of 2015. All who sign up during the less than 2 month period, will acquire limited edition Steven Tyler merch as well as become Janie's Fund founding members. Prospective members also have a chance to win a Prizeo VIP package which allows winners access to a meet-and-greet with the "I Don't Wanna Miss A Thing" singer prior to an impending gig.
Each founding member of Janie's Fund will be recognized on the fund's charity website. The former American Idol judge also calls on the help of fellow musicians like Elton John and U2's Bono to raise further awareness for the child abuse victim fund.
"Now...We can't undo what's been done by abuse in this country...but we CAN let these girls know they are loved, get them the help they need, and assure them that there is MUCH LIGHT at the end of the tunnel," Tyler wrote on the Janie's Fund Prizeo page.