Steven Tyler Launches Philanthropic Initiative, Janie’s Fund, with Youth Villages

NASHVILLE, Tenn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–America’s beloved songsmith and humanitarian, Steven Tyler, an iconic
rockstar forever known for his big voice, is now opening his big heart.
Tyler is honored to announce today the launch of his new signature
philanthropic initiative: Janie’s Fund (, in
partnership with Youth Villages. The fund will bring hope and healing to
girls who have endured neglect and abuse. It will also raise much-needed
money and awareness to address, through proven programs, the trauma of
sexual abuse in children and to expand these services to aid even more

Tyler’s hit song “Janie’s Got a Gun,” was born out of his growing desire
to speak up for the victims of child abuse. Launching Janie’s Fund has
been a longtime dream of Tyler’s, and he is passionate about the
positive results that this fund will create for young people.

“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. 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,” said Tyler.

Janie’s Fund kicks off with a historic 54 days of impact, running from
November 8th, the 26th anniversary of the release of “Janie’s Got a
Gun,” through the end of the year. Anyone who signs up to support during
these 54 days becomes a Founding Member of Janie’s Fund and receives
limited-edition merchandise from Tyler. Fans can visit
to become Founding Members and register for a chance to win a
once-in-a-lifetime experience with Tyler through Prizeo.

The “Ultimate VIP Rock Experience with Steven Tyler” prize includes
walking the red carpet and VIP backstage passes to an upcoming
performance, as well as hanging with Tyler and his entourage backstage
before the show. In addition, other priceless experiences are
available, and all Founding Members will be memorialized in perpetuity

The excitement surrounding the Janie’s Fund announcement began last
week, when other artists began to receive large custom mystery crates:
Bono, Miley Cyrus, Sir Elton John, Jennifer Lopez, Ryan Seacrest,
Britney Spears, Howard Stern, Carrie Underwood and more received exact
replicas of Tyler’s most famous trademark white, jewel-encrusted mic and
mic stand, (courtesy of Atlas Sound and Shure), complete with hand sewn
signature scarves and a handwritten note from Tyler saying, “I may have
a big mouth, but now I need your voice.” There will be additional
mystery crates being revealed from other A-list artists in the coming

Tyler, the iconic songwriter and voice of the best-selling American rock
band, Aerosmith,
has been an avid philanthropist his entire life, performing regularly
for social causes, including the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo,

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More about Janie’s Fund:

Janie’s Fund is a philanthropic initiative created by Steven Tyler in
partnership with Youth Villages to bring hope and healing to girls who
have suffered the trauma of abuse and neglect. Steven first gave voice
to this cause with his hit “Janie’s Got a Gun,” and his establishment of
the fund ensures that these vulnerable girls will have an enduring voice
for years to come. Janie’s Fund has two important goals: to bring
much-needed awareness to the issue of abuse and neglect of children and
to generate financial support to ensure that girls receive the most
effective support available to help them overcome the trauma and pain of
abuse. One hundred percent of all donations to Janie’s Fund are used to
support proven programs at Youth Villages that have demonstrated
effectiveness in addressing the trauma of sexual abuse in children and
to expand these services to help even more girls. These services
incorporate the latest research on developing brains and neuropsychology.

More About Youth Villages:

Founded in 1986, Youth Villages is a leading national nonprofit
dedicated to providing the most effective local solutions to help
children with emotional and behavioral challenges and their families
live successfully. The organization helps more than 23,000 children and
families each year from more than 20 states and Washington, D.C. Youth
Villages’ Evidentiary Family Restoration® approach involves
intensive work with the child and family, a focus on measuring outcomes,
keeping children in the community whenever safely possible, and
providing unprecedented accountability to families and funders.

More about Steven Tyler:

Steven Tyler is the iconic songwriter and prolific voice of the
best-selling American rock band, Aerosmith. Tyler is considered one of
music’s most recognizable, dynamic frontmen and has been cited by
Rolling Stone as “one of the greatest singers of all time.” Tyler and
Aerosmith have sold more than 150 million records worldwide, he has
won 4 Grammy Awards, 6 American Music Awards, 4 Billboard Music Awards,
and an Emmy Award. In addition to having 9 number one hits, 25 gold, 18
platinum and 12 multi-platinum album certifications, Tyler, along with
the rest of his band members were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of
Fame in 2001. In 2013, Tyler was awarded with the Founder’s Award at the
ASCAP Pop Awards and was inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame.
Tyler is currently working on his highly anticipated solo album with Big
Machine Label Group. His first country single ‘Love Is Your Name’
debuted on May 13, 2015 and reached #1 on the Billboard Country
Streaming Songs chart. The accompanying video has garnered nearly 10
million views to date.


For Steven Tyler:
Amanda K. Ruisi
AKR Public Relations
Youth Villages:
Echelle Rutschman, 901-251-4870