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Online Voting Now Open & More Ways to Get Involved

SARASOTA, FLA. — Twenty bands have entered the 2016 Rock for a Cause, and online voting is NOW OPEN!

Through Oct. 7, the public can view and vote for their favorite bands. The top six acts that get the most online votes will compete live during the Rock for a Cause battle of the bands on Nov. 12, 2-9 p.m. on Main Street in Downtown Sarasota.

“We’re so excited to see this event grow year over year with even more band submissions,” says Shauna Malgieri, chair of the Rock for a Cause executive committee. “We’ve got such a vast range of ages and genres — everything from indie folk singers and hip hop artists to operatic solo acts and in-your-face rockers. The public has the tough job of whittling down this impressive group talented musicians.”

To learn more about the bands and cast a vote, go to SRQRocks.org/vote. We’ve included band bios, photos and two songs from each act. Only one vote per viable email address will be permitted.

More Ways to Get Involved with Rock for a Cause 2016

There’s something for everyone who wants to participate in this year’s Rock for a Cause. Here are a few ideas:

  • Vote for your favorite band by Oct. 7.
  • Become a sponsor or vendor to help us put on a great event.
  • Attend Matt Walden Presents: The Hometown Show on Oct. 1 in Bradenton — proceeds benefit Rock for a Cause.
  • Stop by Jersey Mike’s at 2031 Bahia Vista St., Sarasota, Nov. 7-11, and mention Rock for a Cause. 10% of proceeds will go toward the event.
  • Come down and rock out with us on Nov. 12, 2-9 p.m. on Main Street in Downtown Sarasota. There will be lots of live music, food, vendors, kids activities and more!

Have questions above the event? Call us at 941.256.7983 or email srqrocks-submissions@sone.com. We’d love to hear from you!

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Our Band Submissions Page is Now LIVE!

UPDATE: The first 10 bands to fill out their submission will be entered to win a Fender guitar and amp!

Now through Sept. 18, musicians from Sarasota, Manatee and surrounding counties can upload two songs for submission into the 2016 Rock for a Cause battle-of-the-bands competition!

All ages and genres are welcome, whether they are solo acts, duets or bands. The two songs can be either audio or video files, and the form has a few quick questions for the bands to complete, too.

Once submissions close on Sept. 18, online voting will begin for the top six acts. The public will vote online for their favorite bands from Sept. 19 through Oct. 7. The six bands with the most online votes will perform live at Rock for a Cause on Nov. 12, 2016 in Downtown Sarasota. Live and online voting will take place that night to determine the overall winner!

The winning band will receive $1,500 cash and will also be the closing act for the event.

If you have any questions about submitting songs or competing in Rock for a Cause, please email us at srqrocks-submissions@sone.com or call 941.256.7983.

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Get Ready Bands! You Have 2 Weeks Before Submissions Start

That’s right! It’s almost time for musicians who want to compete in this year’s Rock for a Cause to upload their songs at SRQRocks.org. We’ll be accepting two song submissions from each competing act between Aug. 1 and Sept. 18.

All ages and genres are welcome! Solo acts, duets and bands can enter. You will need to submit either audio or video files of the two songs of your choosing.

Once submissions are closed, online voting will begin for the top six acts. The public will vote online for their favorite bands from Sept. 19 through Oct. 7. The six bands with the most online votes will perform live at Rock for a Cause on Nov. 12, 2016 in Downtown Sarasota. Live and online voting will take place that night to determine the overall winner!

The winning band will receive $1,500 cash and will also be the closing act for the event.

If you have any questions about submitting your songs or competing in Rock for a Cause, please email us at srqrocks-submissions@sone.com or call 941.256.7983.

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RFAC Winner Paige Merriman Presents Winning Check

LAKEWOOD RANCH, FLA. — When Paige Merriman won the 2015 Rock for a Cause, the high school sophomore requested donations be made to her school, Lakewood Ranch High School as well as the Del Couch Music Education Foundation, where she receives performance and recording mentoring.

Paige - LWRcropPaige is pictured with the school’s chorus, led by teacher Giselle Panagiotakis. “The Rock for a Cause event was amazing,” Paige says. “I hope the school uses the money to get a new piano and equipment for the choral department. I hope it all is well distributed and appreciated.”

The $3,500 donation to the school was made possible in part to a generous contribution from the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, the charitable organization that awards grants and scholarships throughout the community. In 2015, the foundation donated more than $16 million in the areas of education, health and human services, the arts, animal welfare and the environment.

“The Community Foundation of Sarasota County has been an enthusiastic and irreplaceable partner with S-One’s Rock for a Cause during its first two years,” says Shauna Malgieri, S-One product specialist and executive committee chair of Rock for a Cause. “We look forward to partnering with the foundation again this year, as well as our new non-profit partner, the Del Couch Music Education Foundation.”

Stay up-to-date with all of the 2016 Rock for a Cause news and developments at SRQRocks.org.

 

ABOUT S-ONE HOLDINGS CORPORATION: S-One Holdings Corporation, the founding presenter of Rock for a Cause, is a global holding company headquartered in Sarasota, Florida that oversees a number of subsidiary companies: ABAQA Corporation, Avatrex Corporation, Brand Management Group, LexJet Corporation and Utopia Digital Technologies. Through its subsidiary companies, S-One is the exclusive distributor of Tara Materials’ Fredrix line of wide-format inkjet canvas, and is the exclusive business partner for HP large format print media, and has the exclusive trademark licensing agreement for KODAK wide-format inkjet media and KODAK PROFESSIONAL Inkjet Media.

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See 2015 Rock for a Cause Winner Paige Merriman Perform!

 

Come see 2015 Rock for a Cause winner Paige Merriman perform at Heart Of The Song 2016!

She’ll be performing along with country band One Night Rodeo, 2014 American Idol contestant Sam Woolf, iTunes chart-topping singer-songwriter Matt Walden and many other talented performers from the Del Couch Music Education Foundation for this annual fund raiser.

Hope to see you there! And stay tuned to our Facebook page for the latest updates on the 2016 Rock for a Cause event, to be held this Fall!

For more information and to purchase tickets for the Heart Of The Song 2016, see below and visit the Del Couch Music Education Foundation.

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