About the Event

The Rock for a Cause event was born in 2014, spearheaded by S-One, one of Sarasota’s largest of employers of individuals between the ages of 21-40. An event that celebrates family, community and live music was a natural fit for the energetic, family-focused company.

Rock for a Cause is based around a “Battle of the Bands” scenario where local bands will compete for a cash prize of $1,500 and the chance to be the closing band at the end of the event. Proceeds from the event will go towards local music education programs.

In 2014, rockers Seven Years Past won and allocated funds to Riverview High School’s music program. In 2015, singer-songwriter Paige Merriman took the title and the winning funds went to Lakewood Ranch High School and the Del Couch Music Education Foundation.

2016 Rock for a Cause: Nov. 12

Live on Main Street, Sarasota!

In 2016, S-One joined forces with the Del Couch Music Education Foundation, and Rock for a Cause funds will be allocated to sending Foundation students to the Berklee College of Music summer camp programs.

In the months leading up to Rock for a Cause, bands of every genre, age, and talent level are encouraged to submit two of their songs to our website via audio or video file. Voting will be open for approximately two weeks for the public to choose their favorite 6 bands. Those bands will perform in front of a live audience during the day of the event.

While live performances take place, there will be another voting platform opened up to event participants and the public at large to choose their favorite band. The winner will be announced that evening.

Rock for a Cause will showcase vendors from all over Sarasota and Manatee counties, selling goods, food and beverages. This family-friendly event will include a “kids only” area with games and prizes as well.

This is an event for people of all ages and families alike, so please come out to support your local economy, local music scene, and help encourage people to visit and partake in activities in our communities.

See you there!

Meet The Executive Committee

Shauna Malgieri
S-One Holdings Corp.

Angie Lane
S-One Holdings Corp.

Katie Rizi
S-One Holdings Corp.

Shellie Terry Benson
S-One Holdings Corp.

Brandon Ragsdale
S-One Holdings Corp

Del Couch
Del Couch Music Education Foundation