February 9, 2017:

GREATEST HITS: –Photography Exhibition and Opening Reception – Launches At Gibson Brands Sunset (former Tower Records) In West Hollywood

–Photography Exhibition and Opening Reception–
Launches At Gibson Brands Sunset (former Tower Records)
In West Hollywood
Download photos from GREATEST HITS: (HERE)


100% Of Proceeds Donated To Sweet Relief Musicians Fund
Show Extends To Mr. Musichead Gallery-Hollywood Feb. 8-18
Guests arrive for GREATEST HITS (2.2.17) at Gibson Brands Sunset.
Over 500 music and art lovers and entertainment industry influencers attended the sold-out Los Angeles opening launch of GREATEST HITS at Gibson Brands Sunset (former Tower Records) in West Hollywood on Thursday, February 2. The premiere art retrospective and photography exhibition GREATEST HITS celebrates the work of veteran Los Angeles photographer CHRIS CUFFARO. Last week’s launch featured special acoustic performances from emerging L.A. artists including Givers & Takers, Josh Todd, Lauren Ruth Ward, Particle Kid, The Palms as well as a DJ setfrom Fred Sablan.
Fans that missed the initial Los Angeles launch can see an abbreviated version of the show from Wednesday, February 8 through Saturday, February 18 at Mr. Musichead Gallery (7420 Sunset Blvd. L.A., CA 90046) in
100% of the net proceeds from art sales and donations from GREATEST HITS benefit the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund, a charity providing financial assistance to all types of career musicians who are struggling to make ends meet while facing illness, disability or age-related problems. For more information, visit:

(L-R) Sam Milgrom (Mr. Musichead Gallery) and GREATEST HITS photographer CHRIS CUFFARO arrive.

The Los Angeles exhibition of GREATEST HITS featured over sixty different photographs–fifteen, large 60×60 photographs as well as over-eighty 24×24 images in limited and numbered quantities including Alice in Chains, Bad Brains, Ben Harper, Brian Wilson, Chris Cornell, Eddie Vedder, Elvis Costello, Fiona Apple, George Harrison, George Michael, Gwen Stefani, Henry Rollins, Ice Cube, Ice-T, Iggy Pop, INXS, Jackson Browne, Jane’s Addiction, John Lydon, Nick Cave, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Eddie Vedder, Phil Collins, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Slash, Social Distortion, Soundgarden, Steve Jones, Terence Trent D’Arby, The Afghan Whigs, The Game, Tommy Lee, White Zombie and Willie Nelson, among others. The show was an experience as visceral as rock n’ roll itself, featuring oversize prints, exclusive musical performances and a host of tastemakers and influencers from the entertainment, art, media and pop culture spheres, staged in the completely non-traditional environment of Gibson Brands Sunset, the former site of the legendary Tower Records store.
GREATEST HITS celebrates the work of veteran photographer CHRIS CUFFARO. Over the past 30 years, CUFFARO has worked with celebrated musicians and A-list entertainers help them define their public image, while establishing his reputation as one of the most respected photographers in the entertainment industry. CUFFARO consistently captures the “real” person behind the famous face and brings a new level of emotional depth to the two dimensional art form of photography. To share his story, CHRIS has chosen over 100 photographs that represent the most iconic images, artists and moments in his career–his GREATEST HITS

Above: Revelers enjoy the displays at GREATEST HITS.

(L-R) Peter Lenheiser (Senior Director of GIbson Entertainment Relations) and photographer CHRIS CUFFARO.

(L-R) Musician LP arrives with performer Lauren Ruth Ward.
Givers and Takers perform.
Musician Josh Todd performs at GREATEST HITS.
Lauren Ruth Ward performs during GREATEST HITS.
The GREATEST HITS Los Angeles exhibition is made possible by the following partners: Gibson Brands, EDGE Lighting Grip Studio Production, Chromatic, Inc., Mr. Musichead Gallery, Pono Burger, Deep Eddy Vodka, Lagunitas, Casamigos, Kim Crawford Wines, Remixed Bakery, High West Whiskey, Voss Water and Small Town Brewery.
Check out a sample of the GREATEST HITS show on
Iconic Photos of Nirvana, George Michael, Morrissey & More From Chris Cuffaro
Below is a preview of additional images from CHRIS CUFFARO’s GREATEST HITS Los Angeles exhibition. View more images (here).
George Michael and Ice-T.

Fiona Apple and Nick Cave.


Pearl Jam and Jane’s Addiction.


Elvis Costello and T-Bone Burnett.
Credit: Chris Cuffaro.
For GREATEST HITS media inquiries and interviews with CHRIS CUFFARO, contact:
Libby Coffey
818-380-0400 x224,
February 2, 2017:

Rock N’ Rollers for Sweet Relief “H-Town”


We are so grateful to the Rock N’ Rollers for generously donating all sales from their song “H-Town” to support Sweet Relief! 


100% of all online sales from this track are being donated to Sweet Relief Musicians Fund, a non-profit that provides financial assistance to career musicians and venue workers who are struggling to make ends meet due to illness, disability or age-related problems. 


released February 1, 2017
Vocals: Nik Frost
Lead Guitar: Cody Jones
Rhythm Guitar: Jet Freedom
Bass: Gatticurse
Drums: Kelly HagermanProduced by Nik Frost.
Recorded at Redstarr Recording, Silverlake CA.
Engineered by Tim Sonnefeld.
Mixed and mastered by Grant Conway.
Special Thanks to Geoff Siegel and Fundamental MusicCurrently being played on The Eagle, 106.9FM & 107.5FM, Houston’s Only Classic Rock Station – and The Koch and Kalu Show on SportsTalk 790AM, Houston’s Home For Your Home Teams –

November 23, 2016:

Brighter Sun Benefit Concert ~ Michael Bonanomi Foundation

Brighter Sun Benefit Concert ~ Michael Bonanomi Foundation


Brighter Sun
A Benefit Concert for the Michael Bonanomi Foundation
and Music4Sight@Sweet Relief
feat. Zach Gill and Simon Petty with Ruled By Venus

This year’s the concert will be headlined by Zach Gill!  Zach is a multi instrumentalist, singer, songwriter and member of the rock band ALO and Jack Johnson’s band. He also performs regularly as a solo artist. Also appearing will be Simon Petty with Ruled by Venus.  Simon, Michael’s dear friend and longtime collaborator, returns to Brighter Sun after an amazing performance last year.

Brighter Sun is The Michael Bonanomi Foundation’s second annual benefit concert.  The Michael Bonanomi Foundation was established in memory of Michael Spencer Bonanomi, who was tragically taken from us by a hit and run driver on August 17, 2013.  He was only 35 years old.  Michael loved all music and believed in the profound positive effect music has on society.  The Foundation aims to encourage children and adults to pursue their musical talent, through donations, scholarships and financial assistance to those programs or individuals who demonstrate both a financial need and a commitment to music.  In 2016, the Foundation’s goals are to provide financial assistance to Music4Sight@Sweet Relief and to endow a music scholarship at Michael’s alma mater, the University of California, Santa Cruz.  The Michael Bonanomi Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit corporation.

VIP Reception and Concert 7:00 PM

VIP Reception will feature famed photographer, Cliff Lipson
and his iconic photography from The Concert for Bangladesh, appetizers and buffet dinner.

General Admission 8:30 PM
$15.00 presale / $20 at the door / 21 & over event


July 19, 2016:

Garbage Donates Custom Drum Kit to Sweet Relief for Auction

 Garbage Donates Custom Drum Kit to Sweet Relief for Auction

We are beyond excited about this one, check out this amazing drum kit that Butch Vig played on the Garbage 20 Years Queer Tour!

Butch Vig's 4-piece drum set which was used on the Garbage 20 Years Queer tour.

Butch Vig’s 4-piece drum set which was used on the Garbage 20 Years Queer tour.

This incredible kit is being auctioned to raise money for Sweet Relief, and also includes black on black 5×14 maple snare drum which was used on the Bleed Like Me tour and multiple Butch Vig recordings. Butch also autographed the bass drum and several cymbals.

Black Maple Snare

Black Maple Snare

The auction is taking place on Charitybuzz and will close on Tuesday, August 2nd.  The lucky winner will also get a pair of tickets to the show of their choice and will meet Butch and the band at the show!


June 10, 2016:

Harman International Supports Sweet Relief With Generous Donation of JBL 4367 Speakers

We are so grateful to our friends at Harman International for their support.  They recently donated a pair of amazing JBL 4367 speakers which raised $7,500 for our musicians in need!


We are honored to have a partner like Harmon International, a company known for it’s quality and high-performance audio products.  Stay tuned for more amazing deals on speakers from this incredible company!

For more information about Harman International and to check out more of their amazing products, click here.

June 8, 2016:

Tanya Tucker teams up with EVERYTHING BUT THE HOUSE & Sweet Relief to launch online auction starting June 16



Beloved country music icon Tanya Tucker teams up with EVERYTHING BUT THE HOUSE and

Sweet Relief Musicians Fund to launch a curated online auction starting June 16

This once-in-a-lifetime sale will feature hundreds of items including music memorabilia, vintage stage costumes, mementos and more from the country star’s personal archives

Nashville, Tennessee (June 8, 2016) – Today country music icon Tanya Tucker announces a partnership with premier online estate sale marketplace EVERYTHING BUT THE HOUSE ( During her nearly 45-year career as a country music legend, which began when she was just a teen, Tucker has garnered many chart-topping hits, awards and magazine covers. The avid collector has also amassed an extraordinary treasure of clothing, accessories, jewelry, keepsakes from iconic performances, collectible home decor, and so much more. For the first time, this special collection will be offered via a curated auction kicking off on Thursday, June 16, 1:00 a.m./CDT exclusively on

A percentage of the proceeds from the sale will be donated to Sweet Relief Musicians Fund, an organization that provides financial assistance to all types of career musicians and industry workers who are struggling to make ends meet while facing illness, disability or age-related problems. (

“A few years ago I went through a difficult surgery on my vocal chords. Fortunately I was in a position to get the specialized care necessary to continue my career, but not everyone is in this position. This is one reason why I’m extremely excited to be working with EBTH to support Sweet Relief Musicians Fund with a percentage of the sale proceeds,” says Tucker. “I have spent my life collecting these treasures. I look forward to others having the opportunity to enjoy them as much as I have.”

The highly-anticipated sale will feature 500 curated items including designer stage costumes worn on tour, at award shows and on photo and video shoots. Several items were featured in her 2014 Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum exhibit, Tanya Tucker: Strong Enough to Bend. Among the latter: a 1970’s Delta Dawn jumpsuit, an Azzedine Alaïa black leather bustier and fringed mini skirt, a 1975 custom Nudie suit, and a Fernando Wang beaded gown. A pink 1992 Harley Davidson Screamin’ Eagle from the Hall of Fame exhibit is also included in the sale. (

Bidding is simple and is done by logging onto All items are up for auction for seven days and all bids start at $1 with no reserve. Worldwide delivery is available.

Some of the items from the Hall of Fame exhibit included in the auction:

Jacket from Delta Dawn ensemble. Embellished by Tucker and worn on her first date. 1970’s.

Jacket from Delta Dawn ensemble. Embellished by Tucker and worn on her first date. 1970’s.


Azzedine Alaïa black leather bustier and fringed mini skirt.

Azzedine Alaïa black leather bustier and fringed mini skirt.

Fernando Wong Couture beaded, fringed gown.

Fernando Wong Couture beaded, fringed gown.


Vintage Nudie suit custom designed for Tucker. 1975.

Vintage Nudie suit custom designed for Tucker. 1975.

1992 Harley Davidson Screamin’ Eagle.

1992 Harley Davidson Screamin’ Eagle.


About Tanya Tucker:

In 1974, Rolling Stone ran a cover story on Tanya Tucker with the headline that said “You’re Gonna Hear From Me.” Truer words have never been spoken. For four decades, her sultry voice and vivacious stage presence has helped to make her one of the most admired and respected female vocalists in the Country Music genre. Tanya’s reign includes 23 Top 40 albums and a string of 56 Top 40 singles, 10 of which reached the No. 1 spot on the Billboard charts. Along the way, she has provided some of the biggest country music hits of each decade, including, “Blood Red and Goin’ Down,” “Would you Lay with Me (In a Field of Stone)” and “Texas (When I Die),” just to name a few. Tucker is also the recipient of numerous awards, including two CMAs, two ACMs, and three CMT awards. For more information, visit


About EBTH:

EVERYTHING BUT THE HOUSE (EBTH) is a revolutionary online marketplace that provides the reach and convenience of an e-commerce platform for estate sales around the world. As a full-service provider, EBTH helps sellers maximize the value of their collections by handling every aspect of the sale from photography and cataloging to payment and delivery. Through its marketplace, EBTH also allows collectors and buyers to discover everything from rare antiques and original art to great deals on everyday needs. With more than 220 estate sales a month and all items starting at just $1, bidders from across the world always have something new to discover at


About Sweet Relief Musicians Fund:

Sweet Relief Musicians Fund provides financial assistance to all types of career musicians, crews, venue workers & their families who are struggling to make ends meet while facing illness, disability, or age-related problems. For more information, visit



For and Sweet Relief Musicans Fund:

Ronna Rubin/Rubin Media, 615-298-4400,

For Tanya Tucker:

Scott Adkins/Webster PR, 615-777-6995,

June 2, 2016:

RECOVERED: A Night of Sweet Relief July 12th at Knitting Factory Brooklyn

RECOVERED: A Night of Sweet Relief

July 12th at Knitting Factory Brooklyn


Sweet Relief Musicians Fund has partnered up with the iconic Knitting Factory in Brooklyn to bring you the second installment of last year’s highly revered RECOVERED concert series.

Brainchild of Talent Buyer, Richard Sloven, RECOVERED features a collection of today’s buzz-bands paying homage to the great influencers by reimagining their classic records, start to finish.

            Beach Slang perform “Pleased to Meet Me” by The Replacements

The Can’t Tells perform “Doolittle” by Pixies

Gambles perform “Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea” by PJ Harvey

There will be a silent auction held comprised of items and experiences donated by the local and international community of music lovers.

This benefit show marks the launch of an incredibly philanthropic initiative wherein Knitting Factory will donate a portion of each ticket sold to Sweet Relief Musicians Fund to benefit musicians, crews, venue workers and their families who are in need due to injury, illness and disability.

One of only a few stalwart promotions companies, Knitting Factory Presents has achieved an enormity of success by virtue of its talent, integrity and devotion to the art of music, while maintaining an unwaveringly independent spirit.  Giving back to the musical community in this way is demonstrative of the organization’s values and should act as beacon of inspiration for other enterprises.

“Knitting Factory is honored to be a part of these fantastic shows and to be supporting the worthy efforts of Sweet Relief,” said Knitting Factory Presents president Mark Dinerstein, adding “We feel it is our duty to help those members in our community who are in need of support.”

We are beyond grateful to Mark Dinerstein and the Knitting Factory family for this unprecedented act of generosity that will enable Sweet Relief to substantially broaden the scope of those we serve.

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May 18, 2016:

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club to Support Sweet Relief


Sweet Relief have launched another killer campaign with our partners at Crowdrise for the mighty Black Rebel Motorcycle Club!

This time we are bringing you an exclusive opportunity to hang out with the band on their recently announced N. American tour that everyone’s buzzing about. Death From Above and Deap Valley round out the bill, making this the must see show for the Fall of 2016!

When you buy tickets here you will see a letter from the band offering you the chance to donate-to-win one of 3 pairs for every show, for this intimate backstage experience with BRMC after the show.”

May 4, 2016:

Win Lollapalooza Tickets 2016!!


Miss out on tickets to Lollapalooza this year???

Well not to worry! We’ve teamed up with Lollapalooza and the good guys at to give you the opportunity to rock it out in style!

Lollapalooza and the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund are giving you the chance to win 4 day passes to the SOLD OUT 25th Anniversary Edition of Lollapalooza in Chicago!

PLUS – one lucky winner will receive a signed Fender Telecaster from legendary superstars, Radiohead. There are VIP upgrades plus much more on offer. All you have to do is donate $10 or more for each entry.

This year’s line up includes Radiohead, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Major Lazer, Disclosure, Ellie Goulding, Jane’s Addiction, Future and so many more. Check out the full line up here.


We can’t wait to be sending out the lucky winners this amazing prize package. This is one massive 4-day event that is going to be insane! Please feel free to reach out with any questions and thank you for being a part of our solution.

A huge THANK YOU goes out to our friends at Lollapalooza for making this very special competition happen, supporting the many ill and disabled career musicians in need, through our work here at Sweet Relief. Also a special thanks to Shaun David Barker and the team at TPH Media for donating their time and skills to get behind this one.

March 23, 2016:

Vans Warped Tour To Support Sweet Relief


Hello Sweet Relief Supporters!

Are you excited about Vans Warped Tour this summer? We sure are, and now that tickets are officially on sale we have a special treat for all of you Warped fans out there.

Via our partnership with Vans Warped Tour and CrowdRise, some lucky fans are going to win the ultimate Warped Tour experience!

For every Vans Warped Tour show we’re giving 1 fan and a guest VIP tickets to enjoy the meal of a lifetime in the notorious Warped Tour catering tent, where you could meet your favorite Warped Tour bands, plus you’ll have exclusive access to watch your favorite artists from the stage!

You can buy your tickets HERE and once you have completed the transaction you will be presented with the opportunity to donate to win. Every $10 donation equals one entry, so the more you donate the better your chances of winning!

You can also enter via our buddies at CrowdRise if you already have tickets.

We are so thrilled and grateful to the amazing folks at Vans Warped Tour and CrowdRise who have teamed up to help us raise funds for ill and disabled musicians across the country, and we can’t wait to see the winners having the times of their lives at the shows.

Please feel free to reach out with any questions and thank you for being a part of our solution.


March 10, 2016:

Shop With Our Merchant Partners To Support Sweet Relief

Merchant Partners Logo

You can support Sweet Relief by shopping with us online!

Thanks to Flipcause, we now have partnerships with over 250 online retailers like Target, Nordstrom and Expedia. Any time you shop with these online retailers, we receive a contribution on your behalf!  Just click on the button below, and choose one of the many online merchant partners to shop from.  After you make a purchase, up to 20% of that sale goes directly to us. There is no signing up for accounts or downloading software. Now making a contribution to our organization is easier and simpler than ever!

Flipcause has recently extended their partnerships to include: Groupon, American Apparel, Eddie Bauer, Fandango, PetCo, Travelocity, Sports Authority and over 60 more!

Shop Now

Amazon has decided to consolidate its charitable arm to focus entirely on Amazon Smile. This means that the current Merchant Partner program with Amazon and Flipcause will end on March 31, 2016.

However, you can still use Amazon Smile to support Sweet Relief

As you buy gifts for family and friends, use Amazon Smile to help give back to those in need.
How to Give:
1) Go to and then sign in
using your Amazon account information.
2) When it asks you to Select a Charitable Organization to Start Shopping,
type in Sweet Relief Musicians Fund under pick your own charitable organization.
3) Select Sweet Relief Musicians Fund from the list
4) Go to each time you shop
Every time you make an eligible purchase, Amazon will donate .05% of your purchase to Sweet Relief!
March 4, 2016:

I Heart Brett at Lavagna – 2016

2016 Lavagna Brett Kilroe

Lavagna restaurant has generously offered to host I Heart Brett every last Monday of the month. In doing so, Lavagna will donate 100% of food and drink sales to anyone making a reservation and referencing code: BRETT2016.

Musician Brett Kilroe is currently fighting Stage IV colorectal cancer. The passing of time has drained Brett’s savings and the pool of initial funds that were raised—and, to his chagrin, his ability to work is limited. Unfortunately, none of the treatment for his side effects are covered under his current health plan. While grateful for every bit of treatment health insurance has covered, and the extraordinary generosity of his closest family members, his need for care is ongoing.

Make your reservation today!


545 East 5th Street
New York, NY 10009
PH: (212)-979-1005 or email
Read more about the Brett Kilroe Fund
Buy the I Love BK record HERE
February 26, 2016:

“All The WOO In The World” – A Celebration/Fundraiser for Bernie Worrell

Bernie Worrell Concert

As many of you may already know, musical prodigy Bernie Worrell of Parliament-Funkadelic is currently fighting stage-four lung cancer. On April 4th, 2016 Webster Hall in New York will hold “All The WOO In The World” – A Celebration/Fundraiser for Bernie Worrell.


Featuring Bootsy Collins, George Clinton, Living Colour, Leo Nocentelli, Bill Lazwell, Jerry Harrison, Rick Springfield, Paul Shaffer and The World’s Most Dangerous Band featuring Felicia Collins & Will Lee, David Fuiczynski & Freedom Imani with Screaming Headless Torso & The WOO Warriors, Black Rock Orchestra, Nona Hendryx and Sarah Dash. Film star Meryl Streep and director Jonathan Demme who (along with Springfield) worked with Worrell on the film Ricki And The Flash are also on the bill (lineup subject to change).

Bernie’s a wonderful person and wonderful musician,” Tony Pallagrosi, an adviser on the show, told Asbury Park Press.He brought the Moog synthesizer into the world of funk.”

Come out and join us for an all-star event to raise funds for Bernie Worrell as he fights against cancer! If you can’t make it, please donate to th Bernie Worrell Fund:


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February 17, 2016:

Matthew Leone Discusses Sweet Relief with PledgeMusic

Matthew Leone Discusses Sweet Relief with PledgeMusic

Matthew Leone

Our own Matthew Leone spoke to PledgeMusic on the incredible impact that Sweet Relief has made in his life and in the lives of others.

“Sweet Relief Provides Lifeline for Musicians in Need”

Matthew Leone of Madina Lake speaks passionately about the important work of Sweet Relief because he’s experienced it firsthand. After a tragic incident put him in a coma, Matthew says Sweet Relief became a literal lifeline in several ways as his artistic lifestyle kept him from being able to afford health insurance. We recently asked Matthew about Sweet Relief’s work in his own life, the plight of the poor artist and how we can all get involved.

Sometimes the best way to hear about a charitable organization is not to ask its mission statement or values or even statistics but to ask the person why they are involved personally. So I’d love to start there. Where does your passion for the work of Sweet Relief come from?

While ‘passion’ is an inextricable motivating factor inspiring me to do this work, it’s only part of a bigger circumstance that compels me to do it.

I spent 2005 through 2010 touring the world with my band Madina Lake, nonstop. It was the exact opposite of glamour — decadence, sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll — that common perception dictates. It was constant, hard blue-collar work in a nomadic atmosphere, devoid of home, family, friends and comfort. For over 90% of touring musicians, it’s the lowest paying job you can do. Health insurance is at the bottom of the “Luxuries” list.

In the summer of 2010 in Chicago, while on break to write an EP for Pledgemusic, I was the last to leave a writing session at my brother Nathan’s loft. Two steps out of his building I heard a gut-wrenching scream for help. I chased the voice across the street and vaguely saw her a block down the dim-lit street, soaked in blood, pinned down by her 6 ft.-plus, muscular husband, while he strangled and punched her. I sprinted, gathering speed for momentum — Clocking in at 5’6″, I exercise my right not to exercise. I needed the edge here — and barreled into the assailant.

I managed to rescue her, but in the process, I was put into a coma for five days and woke up with one-third of my skull removed. When Sweet Relief Musicians Fund found out about it, they immediately leaped into action. They set up a fundraising hub and spread the news pervasively, optimizing the generous donations from the most loving souls in the world. What they did next is what blew my mind.

After multiple brain surgeries and a year of physical rehabilitation, they kept an open line of communication with me throughout my whole recovery. They negotiated my medical bills down, oversaw my financial assistance options and made sure that I had everything I needed to regenerate my brain, enabling a highly unlikely but full recovery.

That’s an amazing story. It’s also sad to hear that benefits are so hard to come by.

The vast majority of musicians have no health insurance because they can’t afford it. Even the bands signed to a major label, with a single climbing the radio charts, video bangin’ on TV, selling out 2,500 cap rooms in some territories. We had all of that, and we were broke the whole time.

I represent the perfect example of this plight. Everybody loves music and the experience of live music, but people don’t realize the reality behind the performance that you and your friends will remember forever. Now more than ever, our musicians and their crews, venue workers, families need our help.

Since we don’t realize the reality, can you educate us a bit more? What else would you want people to know?

The economics of a career musician is very polarized, and the population is devoid of a middle class. The top-tiered artists generate big salaries, but the other 99% largely live on a minimum wage or less. When your financial circumstances, provided you can remain touring, force you to decide between paying a cell phone or heating bill, health insurance doesn’t make the cut. This is compounded by America’s award-winningly disastrous and egregiously over-priced healthcare system, effectively rendering it an unrealistic luxury.

I realize that being a career musician is a personal choice that artists choose to make, but until the mechanics of the music business are resolved, our favorite bands are suffering, sacrificing and living a high-risk lifestyle to share their art with the world. Personally, I don’t think artists should be dissuaded from pursuing their passion because of flawed system failing them, though that’s drifting from the point.

It’s understandable now why you’re so passionate about Sweet Relief.

What happened to me exemplifies the severity of this plight and perfectly highlights the mission of Sweet Relief. I will forever be humbled and grateful for the gift bestowed upon me when I was lying in that hospital bed. Had it not been for the unspeakably generous and philanthropic actions of those who, so much as sent a loving thought my way, I don’t think I would have survived my situation. Sweet Relief was at the helm, through it all.

I will spend the rest of my life doing what I can to ensure that our artists, crews, venue workers and their families get what they need. If we are successful, then music lovers will continue to get music and see live performances. The hardest challenge of what we do is impressing upon people that there is a major plight facing musicians,and musical people, that threatens the sustainability of the art.

I completely understand how people can think that this struggle isn’t something that they should be asked to subsidize. I would plead with them to recognize that today’s world has made the beautiful gift of music a free commodity for consumers, at the expense of those who create it. Until a sufficient method is devised and deployed to rectify this, we humbly ask for your help to keep such a wonderful entity alive for the world to enjoy.

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January 25, 2016:

Sweet Relief Musicians Fund Asks For Supporters To Contribute To Victoria Williams’ Medical Expenses

A Light That Shines So Sweetly
Victoria Williams is a well-known artist who has played all around the world on stages ranging from New York’s Beacon Theater to The Bottom Line, to the Folies Bergere with Randy Newman in Paris, and from festival stages to country dive-bars both as a solo artist and with her band The Loose Band and later the Harmony Ridge Creek-Dippers. She has worked with Lou Reed, Peter Case, Neil Young, Gus VanSant, D.A. Pennebaker, Mark Olson, Pearl Jam, Maria McKee, Rickie Lee Jones and many other music and film luminaries.
Victoria is also well known to the Sweet Relief family. In 1993 Vic was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Because she didn’t have health insurance at the time, a great group of musicians got together and made the album Sweet Relief: A Benefit for Victoria Williams, to raise monies for her medical costs. With the funds remaining Victoria created the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund for the benefit of other musicians.
She has made 14 records herself, as well as on many other artists recordings. She has starred in motion pictures and documentaries, and has charmed and entertained music lovers wherever she has gone for almost four decades.  Her list of collaborators and associates is a treasure-trove of some of the world’s finest artists and filmmakers.
Victoria has dedicated her life to sharing her love of music and her particular brand of storytelling with anyone who has ears to hear. She has played countless fund-raising events over the years for the benefit others.
Now Victoria Williams needs some help from us. In mid-December 2015, Vic had a seizure and injured her back and fractured her shoulder.
With rest, appropriate medical care, and physical therapy, she is expected to fully recover. Her medical insurance will not be covering these costs. Also, the amount of time her healing requires is going to keep her from working for a while. Any time off for a working musician is a financial hardship and the longer it takes, the larger the bills.
She will also be requiring paid assistance around the house while she convalesces. With our help, it shouldn’t be long before she is able to pick up her banjo or Stratocaster again.
Please help us spread the word and please help Victoria by donating today. Let’s get this songbird back up flying again where she belongs.
“The only artist I personally know that can break my heart and heal it back better than it was within the space of a song.” – Bingo Richey
Rob Max, Executive Director
January 25, 2016:

Sweet Relief’s Most Eclectic Playlist Ever #9 Jan 18-Jan 24 2016


It’s the start of a new week, which means Sweet Relief’s Most Eclectic Playlist Ever #9 Jan 18-Jan 24 2016 is now up on Spotify! Stay connected with Sweet Relief through the medium we love most: music.

Listen here

Follow Sweet Relief on Spotify:

To find us when you are on Spotify our username is sweetreliefmusiciansfund

December 21, 2015:

Sweet Relief’s Most Eclectic Playlist Ever #4


Sweet Relief’s Most Eclectic Playlist Ever #4 Dec 14- Dec 20 2015 is now up on Spotify! Stay connected with Sweet Relief through the medium we love most: music.

To find us when you are on Spotify our username is sweetreliefmusiciansfund

December 16, 2015:

Sweet Relief on Spotify


Here’s a new, unique way to stay connected to Sweet Relief! Each week we will put up a new playlist from the music we listen to in the office on Spotify called, Sweet Relief’s Most Eclectic Playlist Ever! From classic 70’s rock, to Blues from the 20’s, 90’s underground hip-hop, inde-rock and hard-hitting dubstep, our playlist has it all! Discover new artists and stay connected with Sweet Relief through the medium we love most: music.

Start listening: 

Follow Sweet Relief on Spotify:

To find us when you are on Spotify our username is sweetreliefmusiciansfund

December 2, 2015:

Exene Cervenka of X Posts Letter About The Cindy Wasserman Fund to Help With Cindy’s Medical Expenses


Exene Cervenka of X sent us the following letter about her friend and musical associate Cindy Wasserman of the band Dead Rock West:

“Cindy Wasserman, the singer you have heard on so many other artists’ recordings, needs your help. Recently diagnosed with breast cancer, Cindy still finished her touring obligations (with her singing partner Frank Drennen in Dead Rock West), opening all the shows X played over the summer and fall. Her captivating presence was felt by all who heard her voice; so warm, haunting, and timeless. Dead Rock West then toured with Phil and Dave Alvin. All the while, Cindy never let on that she was ill. She wanted the audiences and her fellow tour mates to have a great time, a meaningful time, a joyful time.

Cindy Wasserman is that extremely rare combination of talent, grace, beauty and heart. She works so hard to make you sound good on your recordings, and she sounds so good you wonder why it’s not you singing the harmony parts on her songs!

All of us in the music community, whether musicians, managers, promoters, singers, songwriters, sound people, everyone, are all grateful to have Cindy in our lives. She is truly loved, not just for her voice, but for the generosity, humor, positivity, and love and caring friendship she gives us. She is a source of a lot of light in this world. That’s why to know Cindy, is to love Cindy.

Please help Cindy get through a very difficult time by supporting her now.”

Exene Cervenka

Donate to the Cindy Wasserman Fund:

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Exene Cervenka | John Doe
DJ Bonebrake | Dave Alvin
Peter Case | Rickie Lee Jones
Mark Olson | Bob Weir
Rob Wasserman | Grant Lee Phillips
Eddie Vedder | Mike Peters
The Sadies | Duane Jarvis
Steve Poltz | The Young Dubliners
Joe Henry | Elliot Easton
Nels Cline

Singer and sweet light of a human being Cindy Wasserman, a contributor to records by Rickie Lee Jones, Marc Olson, John Doe, Exene Cervenka, Grant Lee Phillips, Peter Case and to her own hard working band Dead Rock West, was diagnosed in August 2015 with Breast Cancer. Anyone who knows or has met Cindy at shows or in private over the years will attest that the first thing they all remember (after marveling at that otherworldly voice of hers) is her infectious smile and warm hearted hugs. Never the rock n roll diva, she has spent her life supporting, encouraging and bringing a little light to other people with her music and her hugs. Now she needs our help.

She is in the early stages of treatment for this disease but her health and healing recovery look very very positive. This has understandably been a shock to her and her family but she has continued to tour hard this year. With over 100 dates with Dead Rock West, John Doe, X and Dave and Phil Alvin this year, the shows particularly since August have brought her a whole lot of strength and joy that will contribute to her healing. She has meanwhile been carefully educating herself on her treatment options, meeting with professionals during tour breaks and building up her own body’s strength to prepare to enter treatment as soon as she gets home from her final tour date on Nov 21st.

Her expenses, however, are already mounting and her insurance is not covering much of it. We are asking you, her friends, fans and fellow music lovers, to get involved, contribute what you can and pass the word on to friends and family. Please help bring a little light to this sweethearted songbird for all the music and light that she has brought to us all of these years. Anything small or large helps immensely and we as well as her family and friends are hugely grateful for your support. Cindy herself says thank you so much for the outpouring already and that she is fully committed to a complete recovery and to recording the next Dead Rock West record as planned in 2016, with John Doe in the Producer’s chair this time!

More about Cindy and her music with Dead Rock West:

A compilation of songs from Cindy’s band Dead Rock West and some of her collaborations:

About Sweet Relief in general:
Since 1994 Sweet Relief Musicians Fund has provided assistance to all types of career musicians who are struggling to make ends meet while facing illness, disability, or age-related problems. Grant recipients include recording artists, club and session musicians, composers & songwriters from across the country. Every musical genre is represented including pop, rock, jazz, classical, country, blues, reggae, hip hop and all styles in between. Sweet Relief has served the music community by helping musicians with medical and living expenses including insurance premiums, prescriptions, medical treatment and operative procedures, housing costs, food costs, utilities and other basic necessities.

About Sweet Relief’s Directed Artist Program:
Over the past several years Sweet Relief has developed a much needed and previously unavailable program to assist a substantially under-served constituency. Some artists face such overwhelming financial and personal distress when major illness or injury is coupled with a complete lack of, or grossly under-insured, health plan. In many of these cases, treatment for cancer, brain injury, stroke and MS can accrue expenses reaching several hundred thousands of dollars or more. Our organization takes on the role of organizer, administrator, advocate, event planner, and media partner to bring together family, friends, industry partners and fans when an overwhelming financial obstacle is encountered by the most unfortunate artist. We call this our Directed Artist Program.

For press inquiries about Cindy Wasserman and Dead Rock West, contact:
Mitch Schneider;
Aaron Feterl;
Mike Gowen;

October 2, 2015:

Festival Supreme To Support Sweet Relief

Festival Supreme To Support Sweet Relief

Festival Supreme is the music and comedy extravaganza brought to you by Tenacious D’s Jack Black & Kyle Gass. Entering its third installment on Saturday, October 10th, this year’s lineup includes another stellar array of acts, from Die Antwoord, The Darkness, Andrew W.K. (Very Special Solo Show), Henry Rollins and Dan Deacon to Amy Poehler, Adam Devine, Aubrey Plaza and Finesse Mitchell!

Festival Supreme is introducing a new installation this year: the FESTIVAL SUPREME GALLERY OF FINE ART. This art gallery, located in a VIP section, features original art pieces from Festival Supreme performers. The bidding shall begin on Thursday, October 1st and run until Monday, October 12th.

For a chance to see these pieces in person, well, you’ll have to buy a ticket to Festival Supreme! But the bidding is open to everyone – near and far!” All proceeds to benefit Sweet Relief,

Go HERE to place your bid on some of the original art!

October 1, 2015:

YouBloom Skin Care to Support Sweet Relief

YouBloom Skin Care to Support Sweet Relief

Hey Sweet Relief supporters! When you purchase YouBloom Skin Care products, 50% of the net proceeds are donated to support the work of non-profit organizations including Sweet Relief!

Go to the official website for more information and to make your purchase today!


September 22, 2015:

Metal Onslaught Magazine & Metal Onslaught Radio Partner Up With Sweet Relief

Just announced! Metal Onslaught Magazine and Metal Onslaught Radio will begin working with Sweet Relief to support our efforts with helping musicians facing disability or illness. Metal Onslaught will begin selling bracelets for a $5 donation. 100% of the donations go to Sweet Relief!

” Over the years of my life, music has meant so much to me. I have always appreciated the sacrifices musicians make in thier own lives to provide us with music that in some situations has changed lives. Metal Onslaught was set up to give back to the musicians both signed and unsigned, allowing them to connect with thier fans around the world. We also never charge any band or musician to advertise with us, and will continue this policy going forward. Our partnership with Sweet Relief will allow Metal Onslaught to take a more active role in supporting musicians, and we take pride in this next step with Sweet Relief.Org.” Mike Kehoe Ceo Metal Onslaught Magazine.Com

More information will be posted shortly by Metal Onslaught Magazine on where you may purchase bracelets to show your support for Sweet Relief. Stay tuned for more info!

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August 22, 2015:

Howl 10th Anniversary Charity Auction to benefit Sweet Relief

Howl 10th Anniversary Charity Auction to benefit Sweet Relief

You will receive a stage used WFM Mitchell Acoustic Guitar in Black from Black Rebel Motorcycle Clubs’ Peter Hayes! You will also receive a signed vinyl copy of HOWL.

Peter Hayes’ Black WFM Mitchell Acoustic Guitar was used on the HOWL Recording Session. Certain early BRMC songs were also written on this particular guitar including ‘Evol’, ‘At My Door’, and ‘Sulk’. This guitar comes complete with the original harmonica holder, capo, 1 slide, and 3 harmonica’s, as well as the notes on the ‘Ain’t No Easy Way’ tuning.

Bid here:

You can also bid for Black Rebel Motorcycle Clubs’ Robert Levon Been’s stage used guitar! Robert has been playing this Gibson Advanced Jumbo guitar on stage for years and now it can be a part of your collection. You will also receive a signed vinyl copy of HOWL.

Bid here:

Donated by: Black Rebel Motorcylce Club
Additional lot details
  • This piece was used by the donor.
  • Includes a letter of authenticity from the charity.
  • Serial Number: 03258051.
  • Date of manufacture: Nov. 21, 2008.
  • Place of manufacture: Gibson Acoustic Plant, Bozeman, Montana.
  • In condition as donated.
  • Cannot be returned or exchanged.
  • Additional shipping charges may apply based upon the location of the winner.
May 26, 2015:

The Wrecking Crew Supports Sweet Relief

Have  you heard the story behind The Wrecking Crew?

The Wrecking Crew were a group of Studio Musicians in Los Angeles in the 60s who played on hits for the “Beach Boys, Frank Sinatra, Nancy Sinatra, Sonny and Cher, Jan & Dean, The Monkees, Gary Lewis and the Playboys, Mamas and Papas, Tijuana Brass, Ricky Nelson, Johnny Rivers and were Phil Spector’s Wall of Sound. The amount of work that they were involved in was tremendous. The Wrecking Crew movie documents their part in this very special time in music history.

Any purchase of the DVD/Blu Ray will result in a $3.00 donation to Sweet Relief! A $5.00 donation is made with any blu ray purchase!

Please use the Discount Code: SWEET

Get your copy:

March 20, 2015:

The Michael Porcaro Memorial Fund

We are saddened to hear that Mike Porcaro of Toto passed away. Our deepest thoughts and prayers are with his family, his bandmates and his many many fans all over the world. His music has touched the hearts of millions and will not be forgotten.

Sweet Relief Musicians Fund had the honor and privilege to work with Michael Porcaro and his wife Cheryl over the past several years. Friends, family and his incredible band mates from Toto were all amazing in their support for the Porcaro family.

Michael’s wishes that others benefit from Sweet Relief assistance, displays his incredible spirit and kindness.

We are grateful for your memorial donation remembering  the artist, father, and husband Michael Porcaro.

Donate to The Michael Porcaro Memorial Fund HERE

To donate by check:

write check to:
The Michael Porcaro Memorial Fund at Sweet Relief

Mail to:
Sweet Relief Musicians Fund
2601 East Chapman Ave., Suite 204
Fullerton, CA 92831

Sweet Relief Musicians Fund is a 501(c)3 non-profit charity. Federal ID# 95-4443269


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