Airwaves Music has a unique story to tell. Bob Graham started Airwaves in 2009 with two specific goals in mind. The first was to help people find the exact live performer they wanted, regardless of the musical style or genre, quickly and easily. The second was to help musicians and DJs make a living doing what they love. Just 5 short years later, the company has expanded to book over 200 performers in 5 cities and to date has done over 1000 events with clients like Virgin, Disney, Telus and many more. They also do nearly 200 weddings a year in Vancouver, Kelowna, Victoria, Kamloops and Calgary.
In the fall of 2011, Bob Graham, the founder of Airwaves Music was diagnosed with testicular cancer. “It was a extremely scary, and I remember sitting alone in my car, terrified about the prospect of losing a body part at the least, and dying young in the worst case scenario”. Bob got surgery that December and has since been cancer free.
“It’s an amazing feeling to beat cancer, and knowing how frightening it is, I really want to help prevent other people from going through that. After a lot of thinking, I’ve decided that Airwaves would be a great fundraising vehicle and I think we can raise upwards for $50,000 this year.”
Bob’s plan is no small endeavour. The company is giving away 100 gigs for cancer for Christmas, 2014. Here’s how it works:
A company signs up (the sooner the better to ensure availability) by emailing the company at firstname.lastname@example.org with their party time and date. They choose a performer from the Airwaves website. If the performer is available, Airwaves will book that performer for a $500 minimum to the company. $500 is the minimum but companies are able to donate more and all the proceeds will go to the initiative. The company is then issued a tax receipt and Airwaves will donate all proceeds from the “100 Gigs for Cancer” initiative at the end of the year to cancer research. The Canadian Cancer Society is already on board and many Airwaves performers have stepped up to donate a gig or two. Bob Graham himself has donated 5 evenings of classical/spanish guitar performances.
“The amazing thing is, we have 100 artists, all willing to give away a night of live performance to benefit our cause. It means a lot to me and it really shows the support we have from the local music communities in the cities we operate. It’s exciting to get together as a company and support such a great cause. We will be showing thousands of people a great time at their holiday parties and supporting a good cause at the same time. I’m very happy to be able to give back after living through such an experience”.