Facing a health crisis, whether your own or a loved one’s, can be a serious challenge. It can make music making seem a remote activity. But here’s a case in which music production talent, the power to put together loops and tools, can help fight for someone’s health.

What’s unique about this is that just using these tools in your own music – or contributing your own loops and tools – can get you involved, too. CDM reader Stefan Weise, a musician from Dallas, Texas, writes:

My friend Jason and I run a label together called “Evoked Recordings” and he informed me recently that his wife had been diagnosed with thyroid cancer. After her treatments started, the sheer cost became overwhelming and he asked me to help him put together a donation website. I though it might be a cool idea to combine that with a way of getting musicians involved by giving something in return for contributions: music production tools. The whole thing is called “Beats for Eva.”

A wide range of artists from around the world is already involved, sharing presets and templates for software like Ableton Live, Reason, Cubase, Massive, and Logic, professional mastering services, and back catalogs of music.

It’s a unique take on the value of these materials, a way to put them to a different kind of use. Have a look and let us know what you think of the idea, or whether you’re able to be involved.