Hello, new followers!
We’re doing a new tour this coming September to support the amazing work of One Day’s Wages and Steal, Kill and Destroy, sponsored by an awesome clothing company called LoveNailTree. You already know (hopefully) that Backseat Goodbye will be joining us for the first leg of the tour, up through Nashville. We have two other awesome artists for the backend of tour to be revealed soon. Every show will feature some unique special guests and there will also be different opportunities to hang out with us, with the SKAD team, with some of the bands, etc. Full dates below and more details to be posted every day until we go on the road!
September 2nd - Dallas, TX
September 5th - Orlando, FL
September 6th - Charlotte, NC
September 7th - Virginia Beach, VA
September 8th - Philadelphia, PA
September 9th - New York, NY (all ages)
September 10th - New York, NY (21+)
September 12th - Nashville, TN
September 13th - Chicago, IL
September 14th - Omaha, NE
September 15th - Fort Collins (about an hour from Denver), CO
September 16th - Salt Lake City, UT
September 18th - Spokane, WA
September 19th - Seattle, WA
September 20th - Portland, OR
September 22nd - San Francisco, CA
September 23rd - Los Angeles, CA
Rock for Justice FAQ
What is Rock for Justice in a nutshell?
The mission of Rock for Justice is to forge collaborations between musicians/artists and important social justice causes. We create events and campaigns that celebrate the arts, while simultaneously allowing people to give their time and resources to help those in need. In the process, we are allowing both artists and fans to act selflessly and to educate themselves about important issues. We’re also hopefully motivating people to act to lend a hand where they see a need in their own communities. Our overall goal is that righting social injustice would become a daily part of every person’s life.
What is social injustice?
Social injustice has a lot of varied definitions, but we at Rock for Justice define it as the deprivation of basic human rights. When someone is without basic human necessities - food, clean water, shelter, clothing, the right to certain freedoms, basic medical aid, etc., then they are victims of social injustice.
How did Rock for Justice start?
Rock for Justice began, informally, back in 2007 when two college juniors decided to stop living for themselves and to start figuring out how to use their loves (which were music and art) to help others. Rock for Justice was officially named soon afterward and a long non profit journey began…
What kind of things does Rock for Justice do?
In the past, we’ve done a lot of benefit concerts and film screenings, since those are the most easily accessible ways for people to experience art, while contributing to an important cause. We would like to continue to dream up unique ways that people can invest, beyond just giving money to a cause. In the future, we’ll be running more auctions with downloaded art/band merchandise/exclusive music, and we’ll be trying new things with our events, such as offering free shows in exchange for donated items and working more volunteer opportunities into our future tours/shows.
If I donate to Rock for Justice, where does my money go?
As a non profit, we are extremely conscious about our operational costs and keep them very low. At present, while we finish up our 501(c)3 paperwork (a new law was recently passed that lengthens the process to become an official, tax-deductible non profit), we are under the wing of a non profit called The Grove Center for the Arts and Media. All checks and donations should be made out to The Grove, with “for Rock for Justice” noted and they then deduct a small administrative fee, in turn filing all the necessary paperwork for our donations to remain legal with the IRS. That means that anything that gets donated to Rock for Justice is completely tax deductible and you will be mailed a tax receipt for your records.
Currently, 100% of anything donated to or raised by Rock for Justice goes directly to our programs and services (the events/campaigns we put on,) unless otherwise noted. In the future, we would like to bring on a paid staff and continue to grow the organization. For now, though, we do this because we believe it is important and love to help others.
We love Tumblr! It’s an interesting way to blog/put information out there and have people spread it around and interact in a simplified fashion. We are, of course, working on a new web community that will further extend the Rock for Justice mission of connecting artists, audiences, and non profits together in a fun and productive way. On our limited budget, that will take some time to develop, and so, for the time being, though, we’ve decided to become part of the Tumblr community.
Who are some of the artists involved with Rock for Justice?
We’ve been able to support some awesome film projects, like the Give a Damn? documentary project and Invisible Children. Musician-wise, we’ve worked with a lot of talented people, including Forgive Durden, Allred, Free Moral Agents, Rashaan Ahmad, Castledoor, Denison Witmer, Rosie Thomas, Amy Kuney, Jenny Owen Youngs, Steel Train, A Rocket to the Moon, and many others. We continue to search out new connections and meet new people who care just as much as we do about impacting the lives of others.
How can I get involved?
There are many different ways to get involved with Rock for Justice. If you’re an artist, feel free to contact us about playing a future show, donating some music or art to raise money for a cause, promoting us on your own web site, or some other awesome form of collaboration. If you just want to help, but don’t know how, feel free to hit us up at email@example.com and we’ll figure it out from there. As we continue to travel, we’ll be looking to spread the word about our cause, have volunteers at our future events, and generally find extra helping hands in putting on our events. Additionally, if you’re interested about starting your own movement or fundraiser, feel free to drop us a line. If we can’t make it out in person, we’d be glad to offer advice or support to make your own event happen.
Where is Rock for Justice going in the future?
In the near future, we plan to launch the web community and finish up our non profit community. We’ll also be working on a Rock for Justice-specific campaign to raise money for our operations fund, which will hopefully allow us to start sustaining a small, modestly-paid staff, an office, and be able to devote more time to developing campaigns and events to fight social injustice. We also mainly plan to expand our touring schedule to travel with more artists - speaking and spreading the word about how to get involved in social justice causes, and raising more money for the causes we already support.
If you have any other questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org! Seriously, ask anything…