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Fiona Apple to Donate 2 Years of Song Royalties to Charities

Fiona Apple is pledging to donate two years of TV and movie placement royalties from Fetch the Bolt Cutters cuts “Heavy Balloon” and “Shameika” to various charities.

“Heavy Balloon” royalties will be going toward Seeding Sovereignty, which works to replace colonial institutions with Indigenous practices, while funds earned from “Shameika” will go toward the Harlem Children’s Zone, which supports children getting to college. And, if the tracks don’t get picked up for film or TV, Apple has pledged to donate $50,000 to each charity.

Apple’s announcement first appeared on the “Fiona Apple Rocks” Tumblr account and also through her friend Zelda Hallman as well.


This isn’t the first time Apple donated or pledged to donate royalties. Apple also pledged to donate 2019 and 2020 “Criminal” placement earnings to the While They Wait fund, which helps refugees.

Check out SPIN‘s 1997 cover story on Apple here and our 2000 cover here. Recently, we caught up with Apple’s producer Sebastian Steinberg after the album was released. Fetch the Bolt Cutters is on our list of the Best Albums of 2020 and Best Songs as well…both so far. Read our review of the album here.