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Fiona Apple Pledges Two Years Of Royalties To Help Refugees

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(CelebrityAccess) — Fiona Apple announced that she plans to donate all of her royalty earnings “Criminal” to help refugees.

“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 wrote in a message posted to her social media. “It seems to me that the best way I can help detainees is to contribute to the payment of their legal fees.”

Apple says she plans to donate to the While They Wait fund, which assists refugees with everything from basic necessities to immigration and legal fees.

Apple won a Grammy for “Criminal”, which was included on her 1996 debut LP Tidal and which she now says is her most requested track for use in television shows and movies.

“I have decided to pledge all of my earnings from “Criminal” over this year and next to this organization. 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. I encourage anyone who wants to join with me to get involved–Watch the short film on their site,” Apple added.

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