Violinist. Songwriter. Performer. These are just a few of Lindsey Stirling’s many titles. The gifted artist, who hails from Arizona, is also a philanthropist who has taken on charitable projects for various causes, including one of her own called The Upside Fund.
We sat down with Lindsey and got to know more about the gifted performance artist and musician.
Giving Back with No Strings Attached
Like many, Lindsey Stirling considers Christmas the season of giving but gives back whenever else she can. She has advocated for various philanthropic causes, including music training for underserved youth and mental health awareness, to name a few. We did a little digging to find out when and how it all started and what drives her to keep giving.
Tell us about the first time you got involved in charitable giving.
When I was growing up, my parents didn’t have a lot of money. For example, neither of their cars had working air conditioning, which was particularly tough because we lived in Arizona, yet we would adopt a family for Christmas almost every year. That was when I learned about giving.
What inspires you to keep doing it?
There is nothing better I can do with my money. I grew up watching people with very little to spare take care of each other. It’s sad that it seems like sometimes the more money people have, the less they give.
What has been your most memorable philanthropic project so far?
Every Christmas, I give money to help people pay medical bills. Last year at a meet-and-greet, I got to meet a sweet young couple and their adorable baby daughter. They shared with me that because of the money they received, they were able to bring their baby home from the hospital. It was such a sweet moment.
What inspired The Upside Fund and what are its goals?
I just want to help people. It breaks my heart that so many people are hurting right now. The reason I am okay is because my fans have supported me, so I want to help support as many of them as I can.
I believe that if we all do our part to take care of our own communities, then we will all make it through this, whether that means that we help our neighbor, or give money to fan communities, we all just need to lift where we stand.—Lindsey Stirling
How does The Upside Fund work?
It started with just me giving from my own money, but I actually had fans reach out asking if they could donate as well. I thought that was amazing. So now, it is a fund that people can go there to give or receive.
The Upside Fund was started by Lindsey Stirling to help families that were affected by COVID-19. Whether they have come in contact with the virus themselves, or have been displaced from the pandemic in general, Lindsey’s Upside Fund has helped families across the nation get back on their feet. The way we will beat this is if we all turn to our own communities and lift where we stand.”
Find out more about The Upside Fund on the Lindsey Stirling website.
Lindsey Stirling: In and Out of the Spotlight
Aside from her advocacies, Lindsey is an amazing and versatile performer. She has many world tours, awards, spectacular music videos, and successful albums under her belt. Guest appearances in Dancing with the Stars and America’s Got Talent also showcased her undeniable talent and bubbly personality.
As of this writing, she has over 12 million subscribers and more than 3.1 billion total views on YouTube. Her hit Christmas pop songs like “Carol of the Bells” and “Santa Baby” (where a few Treetopia colorful Christmas trees made a cameo) have gotten millions of views each.
With all her achievements and busy gig schedule, we asked what else she hopes to accomplish in her career. Her reply: “I just want to keep doing what I’m doing. I want to keep being able to do shows, be creative, make outlandish music videos, and write music. I am happy where I’m at.”
Your Favorite Violin:
My violin named Excalibur
Your Favorite Song:
Earth Wind and Fire’s “September”
Your Favorite Album:
Keane’s Hopes and Fears
Your Favorite City or Country to Perform In:
Your Favorite Christmas Tradition:
Christmas family craft night
Your Favorite Treetopia Tree:
This or That?
Playing the Violin or Dancing
Dancing (If I’m ballroom dancing on Dancing with the Stars)
Performing or Writing Songs
Performing 100%—writing is stressful for me
Classical or Electric
Electric—I get to have more fun
Fall or Winter
Winter because I’m celebrating Christmas
Halloween or Christmas
Christmas—it’s longer, has spiritual meaning, and has better food
Christmas Eve or Christmas Day
Eve—the anticipation is so fun
Home for the Holidays
Due to social distancing measures, many live concerts are either canceled or going virtual this year. Curious about what the holidays will look like for this musician? Read on to find out about the Lindsey Stirling events coming soon and her personal plans.
You’re going to be part of various upcoming shows like your Home for the Holidays Virtual Concert Experience. What can the audience expect?
My Christmas special is going to be extra special. It is a cross between performance and music videos with lots of production, lots of spectacle.
I will be doing something that I have never done before, and it is going to shock people.—Lindsey Stirling
Get tickets and more information for Lindsey’s Home for the Holidays Virtual Experience here.
How are things different compared to the usual holiday seasons?
For the last three years, I’ve been on tour right up until Christmas Eve and that’s not happening this year. But in a way, I’m excited to spend this year with my family.
How are you spending the holidays this year?
I’m going to spend it on my sister’s farm. She has 3-year-old twin girls and she’ll have a 3-week-old baby. I’m so excited!
Take Part in The Upside Fund!
We are in awe of Lindsey and her charitable efforts. So, we partnered with the artist and The Upside Fund to give our followers a way to help out families impacted by Covid-19.