Part of why our team believes in music so strongly is because of the sense of community we each were so lucky to find through doing what we love. There are many non-profit organizations that do incredible work to put good back into music and educate others about causes that are very important to our community as a whole. Below is a list of non-profit organizations involved within the music scene that are each devoted to changing lives in their own unique ways – please visit their websites and consider supporting them if you can so that they have the means to continue doing this kind of work. Let’s work together to open a dialogue and make a positive impact.
Living the Dream Foundation: Living the Dream Foundation is a non-profit organization that bridges the music industry together with fans who have life-threatening illnesses to help change their daily perspective on life through the healing power of music. The organization has spent many summers out on the Vans Warped Tour and time at other festivals and concerts around the world, hosting Dream Days for kids and young adults battling serious illnesses and allowing them to spend time with the artists who inspire them.
Punk Talks: Punk Talks is an organization offering free discussion and mental health assistance for musicians and industry workers in the punk/emo community. Working to defeat the stigma that an artist must have depression in order to make great music, founder Sheridan Allen has teamed up with artists and industry workers such as Sorority Noise and Side One Dummy’s Jamie Coletta to work on opening up a dialogue within the industry.
Safer Scene: Safer Scene aims to raise awareness about assault and discrimination within the alternative music scene and to provide support to those in need. Through educational means and creative outlets, they strive to provide support and education for allies and victims alike with the hopes of making our music scene a safer space for all. Connect with them to find out how you can get involved or help out by making a small donation.
Keep a Breast Foundation: KAB is the leading youth-focused, global, nonprofit breast cancer organization. Their mission is to eradicate breast cancer for future generations through providing support programs for young people impacted by cancer. They work to educate people about prevention, early detection, and cancer-causing toxins in our everyday environment. KAB works closely with artists like Pierce the Veil and All Time Low as well as the Vans Warped Tour to connect with young adults around the world.
Hope for the Day: Hope For The Day is a non-profit movement dedicated to utilizing music and the arts as a defense mechanism to suicide. Their alternative approach strives to offer education, prevention and HOPE through creative expression. Focusing on suicide prevention and mental health education through self expression platforms to achieve outreach, education and prevention, their Music Saved My Life series has featured bands such as Killswitch Engage, Man Overboard, and Title Fight.
Zero Platoon: Founded by a veteran and staffed by veterans, Zero Platoon aspires to brighten up the lives of those serving the United States in all branches of the armed forces. By offering these selfless individuals some entertainment through live performances by touring musicians and comedians and exclusive performances and interviews on the organization’s website, Zero Platoon works towards improving the quality of life for those sacrificing so much through military service. They have worked closely with artists such as Have Mercy an Pentimento to help raise money and awareness for veterans.
Music Saves Lives: Music Saves Lives has the mission to educate about important life-saving causes and to use all forms of music and entertainment to motivate to get the message out. They inspire people with a simple concept; connect the music and entertainment we all love to life-saving community action. Music Saves Lives started its mission to education about the importance of blood donation and the bone marrow registry, sharing facts, educating and empowering youth. Music Saves Lives encourages participation, and commitment to action in a life-saving way. These simple commitments, like donating blood, running a blood drive, and registering for the marrow program to save those with leukemia and other blood disorders, all connect back to strengthening the community.
Punk Out: Punk Out is a Philly-based, registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of #LGBTQ+ musicians and fans. They work to create a more inclusive music community for all, regardless of self-identified sexual and/or gender identity. They strive to use the power and influence of the alternative music scene to raise awareness of, and put an end to, LGBTQ+ youth homelessness.
Dear Jack Foundation: Started by Something Corporate/Jack’s Mannequin frontman Andrew McMahon after he was diagnosed with leukemia, The Dear Jack Foundation advocates for and supports initiatives that directly benefit adolescents and young adults diagnosed with cancer. The foundation supports organizations which recognize the unique challenge the AYA community faces, during and post-treatment. Through outreach, collaboration, and focused initiatives, DJF works to create more positive health outcomes and improved quality of life for all young adults in this fight.
*If you represent one of the above organizations and wish to correct any of the information included OR if you want to see another organization included in our list, please feel free to contact us through our email form.