Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is Covers for Others?

Covers for Others is a music project that allows artists and bands to raise money for causes they care about by covering a song. Fans help to decide which song the artist has to cover, and vote by making a small donation towards the campaign.

2. How does it work?

Once an artist or band has agreed to take part, we set up a campaign page for them with 8 different songs for fans to pick from. The voting period lasts for 1 or 2 weeks, during which time a fan can vote for the song they want to hear by donating money. 1 vote costs £1, so the more a person gives, the more votes are cast and so the more likely their chosen song is to win. At the end of the voting period, the song with the most votes is announced, and the artist is given a few days to reinterpet the song and record a version of it. The performance is live streamed and then uploaded for later viewing. We aim to provide donors with an update as to how the charity benefited from the amount raised within 3 months of the campaign completing.

3. What fees are charged on donations?

Covers for Others is a voluntary project run by a group of people in their spare time. We do not take a cut of donations, with all of the money received being passed onto the charity involved. PayPal, the provider used to process online payments, take a cut of 5% + 5p as offered by their micropayments service.

For example, with a donation of £8, the charity receives £7.55, with PayPal charging 45p.

4. Can I add Gift Aid to a donation?

Not at present.

5. Where did the idea come from?

We love inventive cover versions, as well as shows like Triple J’s Like a Version and BBC Live Lounge, and saw a chance to combine the excitement of seeing how an artist reinterprets a song with the opportunity to raise money for a cause they care about.

6. How is the charity selected for each campaign?

We’re keen for the artists we work with to raise money for a cause they’re passionate about, so we work with them to decide upon a charity and then liaise with them ourselves.

7. How can I participate as an artist/band/musician?

We’d love to chat, so drop us an email at contact@coversforothers.co.uk!

8. How can our charity be involved?

Get in touch with us at contact@coversforothers.co.uk if you would like to introduce us to your organisation, but we can’t guarantee we’ll be able to raise money for you. If you have an artist/band that you would like to participate, it’s more likely we’ll be able to work together on a campaign that way.

9. How can I get in touch?

Drop us an email at contact@coversforothers.co.uk.

10. Who is behind Covers for Others?

The team are Laurie Ainley, Cecile Communal, Marjorie Palanee and Chris Underdown.