LaunchLeft is an Alliance of Artists Helping Artists

A place for left of center artists, iconic rebels,
and the next wave of radical creatives in music.

LaunchLeft is a platform for iconic game-changer artists to use their fame, connections and voice to spotlight emerging bands. Music is LaunchLeft’s main focus to begin but as we expand the space will include all art forms. LaunchLeft is a space for risk takers, innovators and those with a rebellious flair for the creative.

LaunchLeft Curators and the Artists They Launched

LaunchLeft Podcast

LaunchLeft took the concept of artists helping artists to podcast format from 2017-2018. The 12 episode season hosted by Rain Phoenix and Moon Zappa, featured in depth interviews with well known curators tipping their hats to emerging bands. The ladies brought the podcast to live audiences at Largo for a short while with shows that included famous comedians and live musical performances by rock star curators and launched artists.

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Founded in 2010, LaunchLeft arose from the simple idea of artists helping artists.

LaunchLeft evolved out of Gift Horse Project, which brought together well-known and emerging artists in the service of charity. LaunchLeft takes this mission and ethos of social responsibility to the for-profit sector.

  • 2010 Gift Horse Project is born

  • 2010 Silverlake Conservatory of Music Fundraiser

  • 2010 LAND, Los Angeles Nomadic Division, Paris Show

  • 2010 Elysium Sessions, TAOE Benefit

  • 2010 BRANDAID Haiti Relief Concert

  • 2010 LAND, Los Angeles Nomadic Division, Marfa TX TAOE Benefit

  • 2010 LAND, Los Angeles Nomadic Division, Fundraiser/Gala

  • 2011 Gift Horse Project and Manimal Records collaborate to benefit the Lunchbox Fund

  • 2012 Multi-Platform residency, I.You.We.THREE

  • 2014 LaunchLeft hired to create The Art of Elysium’s GENESIS EVENT

  • 2016 LaunchLeft hired to create Bernie Sanders Fundraiser Red Hot Chili Peppers FEEL THE BERN 

  • 2016 LaunchLeft hired to create Bernie Sanders Block Party in Coachella #Berniechella

  • 2017 & 2018 LaunchLeft Podcast and Live at Largo

  • 2019 LaunchLeft label collaboration with Kro Records

LaunchLeft Gallery of Past Projects and Events

LaunchLeft was Created by Rain Phoenix

I draw inspiration from gifted, fevered, rebellious and integrity driven artists who cut through the status quo, push boundaries, innovate and stake their own unique claim on the world. Artists like my brother River who have a lasting impact on culture and use their fame as a tool to better society.

Art and activism were integral parts of my upbringing and while we were seen as ‘weird’ or ‘different’ by mainstream standards, I always felt safe in a family that celebrated a left of center ap-proach to creative expression. It gave me confidence and taught me that when a group of people believe in something and stay true to it, beautiful things can happen. LaunchLeft is an intentional space to foster that kind of solidarity and action - a community, a hub, a mindset, a channel, a show, a site, a pod, a place for left of center artists. There is strength in numbers and when artists have the support of other artists we are more empowered, our voices grow louder, and together we can uplift and inspire the next generation of creatives to do the same.


Aleka’s Attic


In the corner Dunce

On the 25th anniversary of his death, in celebration of my brother River's life, I wanted to share this special video for his song ''In The Corner Dunce" written and recorded when he was 18 years old. The footage is from our tour in 1991 of which half the gigs were benefit concerts for causes he supported.


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