2020 has been a devastating year for our community. We’ve received over 15,000 applications for assistance and we’ve distributed over one million dollars in emergency financial grants. Our hearts break a little bit with every application we receive, but we’re also grateful for the acts of kindness and support we see everyday.
Our work is not done, there is still a tremendous need for financial assistance on an unprecedented scale. Our music community was one the first to be hit by the pandemic and will be one of last to recover, but we will continue to provide assistance and resources with your help.
If you are planning an end of year gift, new legislation was passed by congress to encourage charitable giving in 2020. This year you have a unique opportunity to make a difference and take advantage of the new laws, please see below for more details and thank you for your love and support.
EVP Development & Artist Relations
As a long time supporter of Sweet Relief, Ross Rylance has been a force in the music industry, dating back to 1979 when he started work as a roadie for Eric Clapton’s North American tour with Muddy Waters. Ross has continued to support numerous tours throughout his career wearing multiple hats, while on the road. Not only does Ross’ story illuminate the continued devastating effects of the pandemic, it demonstrates how the unpredictable rears its burdening head even in the toughest of times. Ross suffered from a critical life changing event while doing what he loved most - touring.
Tickets on sale TODAY for Big Love Benefit Show! Get your dancin' socks on and tune in on January 23rd, 2021 for this amazing line up of musicians coming together (safely and virtually) to spread BIG LOVE and (of course) music. Something we all need after this strange year!
Also, be sure to keep an eye out for a few special announcements in the next few weeks leading up to the show.
Still shopping for that music lover in your life? Look no further! Sweet Relief's Merch Store is the perfect place to get something for your loved one (or yourself!) and support a mission you care about. Proceeds from the merch store go straight to our COVID-19 Fund and our efforts to help musicians and music industry professionals that are struggling due to the pandemic. Concerts might not be coming back as soon as we hoped, but we can still bring hope to those that are trying to make ends meet during this time.
JaM Cellars, makers of Butter Chardonnay, JaM Cabernet, Toast Sparkling, and Sugar Sweet White, today announced a new partnership with Sweet Relief to support our efforts of providing financial assistance to career musicians and music industry workers in need. In response to COVID-19’s impact on the live music industry and in keeping with JaM Cellars musical roots, the winery has committed a minimum donation of $25,000 to Sweet Relief to aid their mission of supporting out-of-work musicians.
As part of their commitment JaM Cellars is encouraging winelovers to join in and support the cause through virtual JaMHappyHour wine and music parties on Facebook Live benefiting Sweet Relief. Kicking off on Thursday, December 10th featuring acclaimed singer-songwriter Mondo Cozmo and on repeat every final Friday in 2021 featuring a new artist each show supporting or benefiting Sweet Relief.
Pianist Daniel Vnukowski has reached over half a million viewers with his high-definition, livestreamed performances since the start of the pandemic earlier this year. On Tuesday, December 15th at 7pm PST, he performs a virtual fundraising recital in support of the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund to assist those musicians urgently affected by the COVID-19 crisis.
The recital will be broadcast free of charge and preceded by a 30-minute pre-concert talk on ZOOM at 6:30pm PST, which will be limited to the first 100 attendees. The performance features an array of arrangements for solo piano including Bach’s Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring and Nur komm, Der Heiden Heiland; Handel's Keyboard Suite No. 5 "The Harmonious Blacksmith"; Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite and Scherzo: Third Movement from Symphony No. 6 “Pathetique”; and an arrangement by Mr. Vnukowski on Metallica in the style of Rachmaninoff.
The virtual recital will be streamed simultaneously via YouTube and Facebook. Mr. Vnukowski's video chat precedes the virtual performance, where he will include historical commentaries and humorous anecdotes in an engaging Q & A format. The pre-concert discussion requires a free RSVP available via the artist’s official website.
Attention #SWEETSUPPORTERS! As music lovers always do, you banded together and helped us surpass our goal for #GivingTuesday this year!
Thanks to YOU, and an INCREDIBLE donation from Foo Fighters, this was our most successful Giving Tuesday campaign ever, with donations totaling nearly $60,000!
Thank you again to everyone who donated, and to our friends who shared our fundraisers on socials, including; Taking Back Sunday, Chicago, Jackson Browne, Chris Isaak, and several others. YOU ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE!
We're so excited to be partnering with premier live music streaming service, nugs.net, to provide assistance towards the enormous medical and financial burden that COVID-19 is having on the music community. Nugs.net is offering unlimited streaming of over 25,000 official live concert recordings, as well as access to full video-on-demand concerts in HD and 4K for an entire year for only $50. That’s $80 off nugs.net’s standard annual subscription price of $129.99. The unlimited access includes archived recordings from hundreds of artists, including; Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen, Phish, Dead & Company, Metallica, Jimmy Buffet, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Bob Dylan, Wilco, Tyler Childers, Widespread Panic, Dave Matthews Band, Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit, The White Stripes, Sonic Youth, My Morning Jacket, The Mavericks, and Umphrey’s McGee. Each new subscription will trigger a $5 donation towards Sweet Relief’s COVID-19 Musicians Fund. Click below to sign up today!
Everyone gears up for incredible deals on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. But have you made plans for #GivingTuesday? This special day of giving provides a chance to give the gift of giving back!
This year, we’re asking our #SweetSupporters to help us raise urgently needed funds for our COVID-19 Fund.
Sweet Relief is here to provide immediate assistance and we have created the COVID-19 Fund to help those musicians and music industry workers affected by the Coronavirus. Funds raised will go directly towards medical expenses, lodging, clothing, food, and other vital living expenses to those impacted due to sickness or loss of work.
Please join us in helping those that have given us SO MUCH through MUSIC!