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Rock for a Cause Raises $35,000 for Music Education

The third annual Rock for a Cause took over Main Street in Downtown Sarasota on Nov. 12, bringing together great music, local businesses and a worthy fundraising effort for music education for kids in Sarasota and Manatee counties. The annual event is presented by S-One Holdings Corporation, headquartered in Sarasota.

We’re excited to announce that the 2016 Rock for a Cause raised a total of $35,000. Proceeds from the event will be used to send students of the Del Couch Music Education Foundation to the Berklee College of Music Summer Programs.

“S-One has been a great supporter of music education, and this will make a huge impact on the students in our Foundation,” says Del Couch, founder and director of the Del Couch Music Education Foundation. “The Berklee College of Music is the top music school in the country, and these summer camp programs can be life-changing. In fact, Sam Woolf, who was a top 5 finalist on American Idol is an alumni of our Foundation, tried out for the show while he was attending a Berklee summer camp that the Foundation was able to send him to.”

Students of the Foundation will be asked to fill out applications for spots at next summer’s Berklee programs.

During Rock for a Cause, six bands competed for $1,500 cash. Spectators voted on-site and chose Bl3nded, a trio of high school students, as this year’s winner. Other acts that competed included: Trey Wanvig Band, Rickey Tedesco, South Trail Band, The Tattered Saints and The David Smash Band. Bl3nded will also perform at the 2017 Sarasota Music Half Marathon on Feb. 5 in the Rock for a Cause entertainment zone.

“This was our first competition so we were very nervous, especially since there were other talented musicians in the competition with more experience,” the members of Bl3nded said. “We were so grateful that so many people came out to watch and be a part of something so cool and monumental for us.”

Ray Collins from ABC-7 once again emceed Rock for a Cause, which featured many corporate sponsors and vendors who sold food and products throughout the afternoon and evening. DJ Joey D kept the tunes going and students from the Del Couch Music Education Foundation performed on a second stage.

“This is our community — the S-One office is right downtown, so what better place to have Rock for a Cause than on Main Street, right in front of our office?” says Shauna Malgieri, chair of the Rock for a Cause executive committee. “We’re so grateful for the outpouring of community support for this event, and it keeps growing more and more each year. We’re excited to start planning the Cause for next year!”

To learn more about Rock for a Cause, visit SRQRocks.org. Click on the images in the gallery below for scenes from this year’s event. Photos by Billy Elkins.

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Rock for a Cause Schedule Announced

We’re only a few days away from the 2016 Rock for a Cause! We’ve got a full day of entertainment planned for Saturday, Nov. 12, that starts with our Top 6 bands: Trey Wanvig Band, Rickey Tedesco, South Trail Band, Bl3nded, The Tattered Saints and the David Smash Band.

These musical acts are competing for $1,500 cash and will be the closing act of the event. They’ll also perform at the 2017 Sarasota Music Half Marathon on Feb. 5 in the Rock for a Cause entertainment area.

For the first time, we’ll have a second stage that will feature performers from the Del Couch Music Education Foundation, which is our partner this year. Proceeds from the event will send Foundation students to the Berklee College of Music summer programs. Our 2015 winner, Paige Merriman, will also perform while the votes for the competing bands are tallied.

We’ll have DJ Joey D on site to keep the tunes flowing, and our esteemed emcee of the day will be Ray Collins from ABC-7.

We look forward to seeing you at Rock for a Cause on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2-9 p.m. on Main Street and Orange Avenue in Downtown Sarasota! Admission is $1, and everyone in attendance will get a ticket to vote for their favorite band.

Here’s the performance schedule for both stages:

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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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How Your Contribution Keeps Us Rockin’

When you make a donation to Rock for a Cause you are gifting more than you could imagine. The funds from the 2016 Rock for a Cause will benefit the Del Couch Music Education Foundation, a non-profit organization designed to give children the opportunity to explore the world of music.

Not only does the Foundation help children develop their musical abilities, but it also opens up more doors to life-changing opportunities. For instance, S-One’s goal with this year’s Rock for a Cause is to send five Foundation students to Berklee College of Music Summer Programs. Foundation star and Bradenton-native Sam Woolf, who was a finalist on the 2014 season of American Idol, got his chance to audition for the show while attending a summer program at Berklee.

In addition to a chance to attend a summer camp, the Foundation offers ongoing mentoring, performance opportunities and many ways for kids to explore their love for music in an enriching environment.

Here are just a few ways your contribution can help:

  • $100 gives a student one month of guitar or voice lessons
  • $500 provides a keyboard or a guitar for the Foundation
  • $1,000 helps create a full in-studio production of a 6-song EP
  • $5,000 is a scholarship to send a student to a music education summer camp

To get involved, go to our Sponsors page, email srqrocks-submissions@sone.com or call 941.256.7983 today!

Featured in LWR Life magazine: Matt Walden, Paige Merriman, Sam Woolf, Alex Preston and Raven Chapman.

Learn More About Our New Partner

We’re pretty excited about our rockin’ new partner, the Del Couch Music Education Foundation, which offers free mentoring, recording and performance opportunities for young musicians from around the Sarasota-Manatee region and beyond. Visit the Foundation website, here. Want to learn more? Check out this article from LWR Life magazine, featuring 2015 Rock for a Cause winner, Paige Merriman.

Featured in LWR Life magazine: Matt Walden, Paige Merriman, Sam Woolf, Alex Preston and Raven Chapman.

Featured in LWR Life magazine: Matt Walden, Paige Merriman, Sam Woolf, Alex Preston and Raven Chapman.

American Idol and Foundation alum Sam Woolf performs with Manatee School for the Arts student Jay Moreno and MSA guitar instructor and Foundation mentor, Erol Ozsever

S-One Announces New Rock for a Cause Partnership with Del Couch

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S-One Holdings Corporation is pleased to announce its new Rock for a Cause partner: The Del Couch Music Education Foundation. S-One and the Foundation will co-present the 2016 Rock for a Cause battle-of-the-bands event to be held this Fall.

S-One has spearheaded Rock for a Cause for the past two years, celebrating the community and its local musicians. In year one, rockers Seven Years Past took the title and donated funds to Riverview High School. Last year, 15-year-old sensation Paige Merriman won the title, with donations going to Lakewood Ranch High School and the Del Couch Music Education Foundation, where she is mentored by Del, has recorded a CD and performed with the Foundation’s other talented musicians, such as 2014 American Idol contestant Sam Woolf, and iTunes chart-topping singer-songwriter Matt Walden. Each year, the winning schools also received additional grant money from the Community Foundation of Sarasota County.

“Being a part of the Del Couch Music Education Foundation and having the honor of winning such a respectable title has really put things into perspective for me,” Paige says. “Rock for a Cause showed me that I am, in fact, capable of much more than I thought. I can’t thank everyone enough who’s supported me and continues to do so.”

During the Foundation’s annual fundraiser, Heart of the Song, on March 19, 2016, S-One announced the new partnership. Funds raised through the 2016 Rock for a Cause event will be allocated to sending Foundation students to the Berklee College of Music Summer Internship program. The Heart of the Song featured performances by Sam Woolf, Matt Walden, Paige Merriman and One Night Rodeo.

“I’m excited to partner with a great community leader like S-One,” says Del Couch, founder of the Del Couch Music Education Foundation. “For these kids, spending a summer at Berklee’s program gives them exposure to the best music instructors at the leading music university in the world.”

Stay tuned to Rock for a Cause’s web page and Facebook page for updates on sponsorship opportunities, band submissions and event details.

“Our No. 1 goal with Rock for a Cause is to give back to the community in a fun and meaningful way, specifically ensuring that kids have access to music and arts programs – and Del’s Foundation is a great avenue to do just that,” says S-One’s Shauna Malgieri, head of the Rock for a Cause Executive Committee. “This event captures S-One’s family spirit while bringing together local musicians with some good, old-fashioned competition. We’re definitely ready to rock this year! Are you?”

Check out the gallery of photos from the Heart of the Song benefit, during which we announced our new partnership: