The Kate McGarrigle Fund provides funding for sarcoma research as well as music therapy resources to cancer patients with a passion for music.
Created to honor and further the artistic legacy of Canadian folk music singer-songwriter, Kate McGarrigle.
Kate and Anna McGarrigle, pictured above, established themselves in the Montreal folk music scene in the 1960s. The duo has since been credited with helping to put Québécois folk music on the global map.
In 2007, Kate McGarrigle was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called sarcoma. It became her mission to combat the disease, and later that same year she founded The Kate McGarrigle Fund in Canada. Following Kate’s death in 2010, her family — including her children, acclaimed musicians Rufus Wainwright and Martha Wainwright — expanded efforts to the United States by founding The Kate McGarrigle Foundation. Today, Kate’s family provides much-needed funding for sarcoma research, as well as music therapy resources to cancer patients with a passion for music. Recently, The Kate McGarrigle Foundation and The Kate McGarrigle Fund joined SU2C and SU2C Canada, respectively, to further expand their reach and fundraising efforts.
In the summer of 2010, Richard Thompson staged the first of a series of tributes to Kate McGarrigle’s music at London’s Royal Festival Hall as part of his Melt Down Festival. Sing Me the Songs That Say I Love You: A Concert for Kate McGarrigle, is a documentary directed by Lian Lunson that captures the May 2011 tribute concert honoring the late, great singer-songwriter Kate McGarrigle in New York City. This documentary is part concert, and partly an intimate look at a family coming to terms with the loss of a loved one. Candid interviews with Kate’s family and friends are paired with rousing performances of her music. Sing Me the Songs That Say I Love You had its world premiere at The Sundance London Film Festival in April 2012. Buy the movie or download the soundtrack.
Each year, Rufus Wainwright, Martha Wainwright and several of their well-known musical friends produce a series of holiday concerts in select cities across North America and Europe. Proceeds from event ticket sales and special VIP packages go to the SU2C Kate McGarrigle Fund. Monies raised in Canada go to music therapy and research in Canada, and monies raised in the U.S. go to music therapy and research in the U.S. in which Martha Wainwright will act as Music Director for the SU2C Kate McGarrigle Fund music therapy program. In December of 2019, the Wainwrights will bring this concert series to Dublin and London. To learn more about the Dublin shows, click here. To learn more about the London show, click here.
This year, Prizeo is giving fans the chance to join Rufus and Martha Wainwright at the “A Not So Silent Night” concert in London, England. The winner will be invited to attend the rehearsal and soundcheck, receive a pair of VIP seats to the show, and meet Rufus and Martha backstage and attend the after-show party! To enter to win, donate a minimum of $10 to the Kate McGarrigle Fund and help support sarcoma research. Those who donate additionally will be awarded extra opportunities to win. Enter here: prizeo.com/rufus
If you would like to donate to the Kate McGarrigle Fund by mail, please use the below information. Please mark your return address to receive a tax donation letter.
Make checks payable to SU2C Canada
On the MEMO line, mark Kate McGarrigle FundStand Up To Cancer Canada
330 Bay Street, Suite 820
Toronto, ON M5H 2S8
Make checks payable to SU2C
On the MEMO line, mark Kate McGarrigle FundStand Up To Cancer
P.O. Box 843721
Los Angeles, CA 90084-3721
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