10 Great Rock-Related Charities To Support
The rock lifestyle isn’t all just sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll. Countless musicians use their celebrity status as a platform to reach out and help those in need. Those lucky enough to make a living off of being in a band often give back via charities they create or support.
In this list, we have compiled 10 Great Rock-Supported Charities that were either established by an artist or band or supported by rock musicians. Each charity stands for a different cause, whether its disaster relief, funds for musicians’ medical bills, getting kids involved in music, or something else, they all have a solid foundation for helping to make the world a better place. A link is provided at the bottom of each description of the charity if you would like to donate.
Make Yourself Foundation
Founded in 2003 by the members of Incubus, the Make Yourself Foundation is committed to support for a vast number of charities. Portions of the band’s revenue from touring, royalties, auctions, memorabilia, and special events go to the foundation, which has raised over $1.6 million. One major facet of the band’s work is to offset their carbon footprint from touring by donating to the Carbon Neutral foundation, which plants trees in addition to conducting research for alternative fuel sources.
Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund
Co-founded by Ronnie James Dio‘s widow Wendy Dio, the Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund was established to help raise funds for cancer research. Ronnie James Dio was diagnosed with stomach cancer in late 2009, ultimately succumbing to it on May 16, 2010. In addition to research, the fund’s mission is also to educate about early detection, prevention, and treatment of various forms of cancer.
Sweet Relief is supported by hundreds of artists from all corners of the music realm. The ‘Death to All‘ tour has been held as a tribute to the late Death founder Chuck Schuldiner and raises funds for Sweet Relief. The organization uses donations to help musicians pay their medical bills, as not all touring musicians become wealthy from their ventures. Other acts that support Sweet Relief include Slipknot, Black Sabbath, Godsmack, Motorhead and countless others.
Bob Irwin Wildlife & Conservation Foundation
It’s no secret that Slash is passionate about wildlife and animals and he even serves on the board at the Los Angeles Zoo. In 2012, the rocker helped the father of the late Steve Irwin launch the Bob Irwin Wildlife & Conservation Foundation. The foundation places focus in three areas: education, support, and advocacy for wildlife in Australia. The goal is to get the community excited about why conservation is such an important issue so they will in turn support it and make it a paramount political issue.
The Better Life Foundation
Founded by 3 Doors Down, the Better Life Foundation is committed to assisting children in need of food, shelter and medical treatment as well as children and adults with special needs. The money raised supports a host of different charities, including the Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse, Habitat for Humanity, and the Boys and Girls Club of the Gulf Coast, along with so many more. Funds are also distributed to hospitals to help children live a better life.
Alice Cooper is an active member in his community where he resides in Arizona. Along with his friend Chuck Savale, the two created Solid Rock, a foundation to support creativity in kids in the community through music, dance, and art. In 2012, they opened the Rock Teen Center, which serves as a haven to foster creativity in resources that are neglected in school programs. The center also offers vocational opportunities in various aspects of the music industry including sound, lighting, and stage.
Sharon Osbourne Colon Cancer Program
After Sharon Osbourne defeated colon cancer, she started the Sharon Osbourne Colon Cancer Program, a multi-faceted outfit. Funds raised will support further education about colon cancer, assisting those diagnosed with transportation and at-home childcare, as well as support groups. Colon cancer research will also be funded in hopes of expanding screening opportunities to help prevent the disease and detect it early.
Dee Snider’s Ride
Dee Snider used to organize his motorcycle ride to raise funds for the March of Dimes and is still a vocal supporter of the charity. After Hurricane Sandy, he changed the cause of his ride to better help those in his community. The ride now raises funds for Long Island Cares/The Harry Chapin Foundation. The foundation has been helping those in need in Long Island, feeding the hungry, and going above and beyond their mission after the storm hit and devastated the area.
Silverlake Conservatory of Music
Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea established the Silverlake Conservatory of Music in 2001 to offer music education mainly for the youth, but it is open to all customers. The conservatory’s objective is to provide exceptional music lessons for a reasonable price as well as offer scholarships to those who are unable to afford the lessons. Students can engage in one-on-one lessons, attend a summer camp, join a performance ensemble, and attend solo vocal workshops to help become the musicians they want to be.
Music for Relief
Founded in 2005 by Linkin Park, Music for Relief has raised over $5 million in support for victims of major natural disasters. Some of these disasters include the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, the 2010 Haiti earthquake, and the 2011 Japan earthquake and tsunami. The foundation also raises funding for environmental restoration and protection to mitigate disaster risk. Since its inception, two benefit shows have been performed, starring some of rock’s biggest acts.