What is WOMP4TK?
WOMP4thekids is the first electronic music charity project of its kind. In a collaborative effort with our music sponsors and charity partners, we have made it our mission to inspire electronic music fans to support programs the directly improve the well-being of children around the world. WOMP stands for a "World of More Possibilities" but in the electronic music world, it is also something we like to use to describe not only what you hear from music, but what you feel.
Yes! WOMP is the heavy bass, its the screaming crowd of 100,000 fans around you, its the rush of emotion you feel when you hear your favorite song. There is no real word to capture this sense of emotion, but now there is, and its WOMP!
Like: "I'm WOMPING so hard right now"
I get it! So why did you create this charity?
The Electronic Dance Music (EDM) scene is something my business partners and I have been passionate about for the last few years. Recently, this scene has been gaining massive attention and popularity across the country and this can be attributed to a few things. Attending an EDM show is quite different than any normal concert -- the organizations putting on these shows like to describe it as an "experience" -- and this was something we truly found unique when attending. There's a sense unity amongst a massive crowd -- thousands of fans following a beat in unison and be able to react and share a common feeling is truly something special. Being so, we thought there is no better community that would be able to capture this sentiment and apply it to doing something positive. It's all about loving the music, loving life, and giving back while you're having a great time.
What drives you to GIVE BACK?
Gooood question. Personally, I've always found it frustrating with the thousands of great causes out there, how difficult it was to engage the average person to become aware and actually participate! Then a couple years back I came across TOM'S shoes -- they had created something so simple yet so effective -- a retail brand that established itself on a platform for charitable giving. For every pair of shoes purchased, TOM'S donated a pair to a child in South America. The "One for One" concept allowed people to actually show that they gave back, and I think the brand reconigition aspect a huge part of this.
While this may sound selfish, as a society we truly value being recognized whether its by the logo on our shirt or decal on our car. This inspired us to start WOMP to create brand that truly communicated to the music community to give back. At WOMP, for every item purchased, we can provide a gift to a child through one of our charity partners.
Blake Mycoskie is such an inspiration and we totally love him, too. How can people get involved today?
There are a few ways that people can get involved! The first and simplest way is to like our page on Facebook! We recently launched "The 1000-Like" Campaign -- for every 1,000 likes we recieve, we will completely build and restore an entire classroom at the Divundu School in Nambia, Africa -- this is a country where 48% of all children never step foot inside a classroom.
If someone would like to have more a personal impact, they can do so by purchasing a supersoft WOMP t-shirt or one of our brand new WOMPwood bracelets -- for each item purchased, we can provide a special gift to a child in need. Through our charity partnership with Unlock Foundation, one item can provide gifts such as: a scholarship to send a child to school for an entire term, a brand new school desk for a child, or a mosquito net to protect a child from malaria -- we are constantly connecting with new charities to help expand our reach in the gifts we can provide children!
On behalf of us all at GG, thank you for all that you do and for speaking with us! Continue to make a difference; you're transforming people's lives by the second.
Thank you for taking the time -- we love GUIDANCEGospel's positive outlook on life!