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


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 Click on the images in the gallery below for scenes from this year’s event. Photos by Billy Elkins.


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:



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


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 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 We’d love to hear from you!


Bradenton’s Matt Walden Presents: “The Hometown Show” to Benefit Rock for a Cause

BRADENTON, FLA.  Coming off this summer’s successful 10-stop “The Coffee Shop (But Not Really) Tour,” musician and rising star Matt Walden is bringing his act back to Bradenton with “The Hometown Show” on Oct. 1. With full production and two opening acts, Walden promises this show “will be unlike anything I’ve ever performed before.”

The show is Oct. 1, 7:30-10 p.m. at The Loft at the Church at Bradenton, 2520 43rd Street W., Bradenton. The two opening acts, recently announced, include singer-songwriter Trevor Bystrom and Indie-rock band Under the Moon, also from Bradenton. Walden will perform his original songs as well as cover tunes with a theatrical production and guest performers. General admission and VIP tickets are available at, however, VIP is already nearly sold out.

IMG_5856Walden’s original music is a blend of alternative pop, rock, reggae, hip hop and singer-songwriter. His first original single, Flipped the Script, charted at #38 on iTunes Singer-Songwriter Top Songs chart, and his first full-length album, Walden, reached #25 on the iTunes Singer-Songwriter Top Album chart. Walden is an alumnus of the Palmetto-based Del Couch Music Education Foundation, where he currently records his music.

On the day of “The Hometown Show,” Walden will release his newest single, Breathe, available free on Soundcloud and Spotify. CDs and merchandise will be available for sale at the show, as well.

JUST ANNOUNCED: A portion of the proceeds from “The Hometown Show” will benefit Rock for a Cause, the Sarasota-Manatee battle of the bands live music event on Nov. 12, which donates proceeds to local music education programs. Ticket sales will also benefit The Church at Bradenton.

“This show is all about giving back to the community that has supported me for so many years,” Walden says. “I could not have come this far without the love and help from my Bradenton friends and family.”

For more information:

Twitter: @MattWaldenAC

Facebook: Matt Walden

Wikipedia: Matt Walden

Media Contact:

Shellie Terry Benson


band submissions

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 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 or call 941.256.7983.


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 or call 941.256.7983 today!


Rock for a Cause Kicks Off with a Rooftop Party

The music was wafting down Main Street, Sarasota, from up above, thanks to the talented group of musicians from the Del Couch Music Education Foundation, which is our new partner for the 2016 Rock for a Cause. The Foundation stars, Paige Merriman, Matt Walden and Sam Woolf, helped us kick off the fundraising efforts for the 3rd annual event, along with some major announcements from the S-One team, all on the fourth floor rooftop patio of the Ellis Building on Main Street.


  • In addition to welcoming our new partner, the Del Couch Music Education Foundation, we announced the official date of this year’s Rock for a Cause, which is Nov. 12, 2016.
  • Rock for a Cause is coming back to the streets of Downtown Sarasota! In fact, it will be held right on Main Street at Orange Avenue, in front of S-One’s headquarters in the Ellis Building.
  • S-One announced that it will dedicate $1 per every order for the two months leading up to this year’s Rock for a Cause.
  • Funds raised by S-One and partnering sponsors will be used to send Del Couch Foundation students to the Berklee College of Music Summer Programs.

“Our goal is to send five students to the Berklee Summer Program,” says Angie Lane, a member of S-One’s Leadership Team. “By donating $1 per order for two months, S-One is ensuring that one of those five students will definitely go. We’re counting on our generous sponsor partners to help us reach our goal.”

The kick-off party was complete with a rockin’ auction, with generous donations made by New Jersey artist Jay Alders, 2014 Rock for a Cause winners, Seven Years Past, On1 Cycle and Tropical Beach Resorts. Click on the gallery below to see scenes from the party, and call us at 941.256.7983 or email to learn more about sponsorship, vending and donation opportunities for this year’s Rock for a Cause!

Photography by Trinity Welch

Rock for a Cause Kick-Off Party Gallery
Paige - LWR

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


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.