Fiona Apple intends to donate two years’ worth of royalties from her song, “Criminal”, to an organization that assists migrants detained in the U.S. with their legal fees, according to The Hill.
The singer and songwriter wrote in a Tumblr post over the weekend that she wants “to help the WRONGLY criminalized get justice.”
“Something I love about being a songwriter is that I get paid for usage of a song I wrote years ago whenever a TV show or movie asks to use it,” she said.
“In the past I have used my ‘Criminal’ money to help friends or family,” Apple wrote. “However, after months and months of reading the news about how my country is treating refugees, I’ve become gutted with frustration trying to figure out the best way to help."
Apple said “Criminal” is her most requested song for use in soundtracks.
The singer will donate the money she earns via royalties to the organization WhileTheyWait.org, which she opted for over donating money for detention center supplies like “toothbrushes, blankets, tents, Pedialyte, etc.”
According to The Hill, WhileTheyWait is “an initiative launched by RAICES Texas, and the ACLU of Southern California, and a number of other groups” that helps undocumented immigrants with necessities and coverage for immigration fees and legal services as they wait to find out if they can remain in the country legally.
Apple also called upon other artists to follow her lead:
“I want to ask other songwriters to donate just ONE TIME, the money they get for the usage of one of their songs to this organization or one of their choosing. I could write a song about this and maybe I will but for now, I will use “CRIMINAL” to help the WRONGLY criminalized get justice.”