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SIGN UP TODAY: Summer Music Camp 2017

Make this a rockin’ summer with our music camp, geared toward young musicians wanting to learn what it takes to become a professional musician. We’re partnering with the Del Couch Music Education Foundation and some of the brightest local professional musicians to lead our two-week camp, covering topics like:

• Music theory
• Vocal, guitar and piano skills
• Commercial music and production skills
• Improvisation
• Stage presence
• Marketing and branding
• Booking gigs and negotiations
• We’ll also have an exciting lineup of guest speakers!

For more info, download:

Camp Brochure

Summer Camp Flyer and Application

There are a limited number of spots, and we still have scholarships and financial aid available. If you have questions and would like more details, call us at 941-256-7915 or email shellie.terry@sone.com.

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Summer Music Scholarship Winners Announced This Sunday

American Idol’s Sam Woolf will perform during scholarship announcement event.

SARASOTA, FLA. — After raising $35,000 for music education during the 2016 Rock for a Cause, the executive committee, along with members of the Del Couch Music Education Foundation and Manatee School for the Arts, held auditions earlier this month for students seeking scholarships for the Berklee College of Music Summer Programs.

We were thrilled to have seven aspiring young musicians bring their A-game during an afternoon of auditions, held at the Del Couch Music Education Foundation studio, housed within the Manatee School for the Arts Music Department. Students from Sarasota and Manatee schools featured their talents ranging from vocals and guitar to woodwinds and production.

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Sam Woolf

Students who will be awarded scholarships for either a week-long program at Berklee and/or a two-week summer camp at Manatee School for the Arts will be announced on Sunday, March 26, 2017, at Mattison’s City Grille in Bradenton at 4 p.m.

Sam Woolf, who was a finalist during the 2014 season of American Idol will perform during the event, and 2015 Rock for a Cause winner Paige Merriman will also attend the scholarship announcement ceremony.

Please join us at Mattison’s for these exciting announcements.

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Jersey Mike’s & S-One Sales Support Rock for a Cause

SARASOTA, FLA. — We’re thrilled to announce that Jersey Mike’s, 2031 Bahia Vista St., Sarasota, will donate 10% of orders when customers mention Rock for a Cause when they place an order between Nov. 7-11. Head over to Jersey Mike’s from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. to help us raise funds for local music education. Plus, Jersey Mike’s will be one of our vendors during Rock for a Cause, Nov. 12, 2-9 p.m., selling their sandwiches at the event.

S-One Bumps Donation to 20,000!

Earlier this year, S-One committed to donating $1 per U.S. order to Rock for a Cause during September and October. The numbers are in, and S-One raised $18,860.

“We believe so much in Rock for a Cause that we’re going to round up our donation to $20,000,” says Angie Lane of S-One’s leadership team. “We are so excited to be able to send several students of the Del Couch Music Education Foundation to summer music programs at the Berklee College of Music!”

The 2016 Rock for a Cause will be held on Saturday, Nov. 12 from 2 – 9 p.m. on Main Street in Downtown Sarasota. During the event, the top six musical acts that were chosen by online voting will compete battle-of-the-bands style throughout the day. The competing bands are:

The winning band will receive $1,500 and will be the closing act of the event. They will also perform during the Sarasota Music Half Marathon on Feb. 5, 2017. Students of the Del Couch Music Education Foundation will also perform during Rock for a Cause.

Come down and enjoy lots of live music, a kids’ play area, family fun, food, local vendors and tons of exciting raffle prizes from our donating sponsors. For more information, go to SRQRocks.org.

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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.