Do Something, the national not-for-profit that makes it possible for teens to change the world is partnering with the Hopeless/Sub City Records Take Action! Tour to offer $500 grants to young people who want to make change in their communities.
The Take Action Grants, empowered by MySpace Impact, the Hot Topic Foundation and Hopeless/Sub City Records, will focus on Poverty, Music Education or any other cause young people are passionate about. The Take Action! Tour, an annual charity tour kicking off this February, will feature Every Time I Die, From First, The Bled, August Burns Red and The Human Abstract.
The Grants include:
Music Education: $500 grants for projects that Do Something about Music Education, empowered by the Hot Topic Foundation
Poverty: $500 grants for projects that Do Something about Poverty, empowered by MySpace Impact
General: $500 grants for projects that Do Something about any cause that young people are passionate about, empowered by Hopeless/Sub City Records
Charity partner Do Something is a place where young people are given the opportunity to help change the world. Instead of telling young people what cause they should get involved with, Do Something asks them "What's your something?" and then gives them the information, resources, and grant-money to make change around the causes they are passionate about.
"DoSomething.org is a trusted resource for young people that want to make a difference and we believe in their ability to take action. When a 17-year-old has a great idea for making change in their community, Do Something is the organization that will step up and give them $500 to make that happen", says Do Something CMO, Aria Finger
Hopeless/Sub City Records has chosen non-profit organization Do Something as the official charity for their 2008 Take Action Tour. Sharing a common mission to help young people make a positive difference in the world, Take Action and Do Something are set to kick off the 7th annual tour in February of 2008.
"Our recent generations brought the world the personal computer and the mobile phone but also brought the world global warming and world violence over a theology dispute," said Louis Posen, President of Hopeless/Sub City Records. "I can't imagine a better way to change the world than helping young, eager social entrepreneurs with resources to take action to solve the world's problems. The Do Something grant program is amazing and does just that: directly believes in and empowers young people to make a difference."
To apply for a Take Action! Grant, young people can visit dosomething.org/grants and upload their community change projects or ideas. The grants will be open to young people, 25 and under, across the US and Canada. Each grant application will be rigorously reviewed by Do Something as well as the sponsors, with grant winners announced in February.
In 2007 alone, Do Something issued over $240,000 to young people who are making change in communities across the globe. Last year Do Something reached over 10 million young people, age 25 and under, and helped them take action.
In 1999 Hopeless Records formally started supporting non-profit organizations through their Sub City imprint and Take Action initiatives. Since then the label has released over 30 charitable titles and donated over 1 million dollars to various non-profit organizations, of which over $450,000 was donated to longtime Take Action charity partner The Kristin Brooks Hope Center. Take Action 2008 will benefit Do Something by donating 10% of all ticket sales and 5% of the suggested retail price for each Take Action! Volume 7 compilation sold.
Hot Topic, the music lifestyle mall retailer (hottopic.com), is once again the title sponsor of the tour. Hot Topic is a natural fit, as they demonstrate a passion for music in everything they do. Since the inception of Take Action! in 1999, Hot Topic has been an enthusiastic supporter of the Take Action! cause, helping to educate millions of people to make a difference. Additional generous sponsors and partners of the 2008 tour are: tour producer, Live Nation, MySpace, Purevolume, Alternative Press, Absolutepunk.net, and Fanscape.
The latest information can always be found at www.takeactiontour.com.
2008 Take Action Tour Dates:
2/14/08 Detroit, MI - St. Andrews Hall
2/15/08 Milwaukee, WI - The Eagles Club (The Rave)
2/16/08 St. Paul, MN - Station 4
2/17/08 Chicago, IL - House of Blues
2/19/08 Kansas City, MO - The Beaumont Club
2/20/08 Englewood, CO - Gothic Theater
2/21/08 Magna, UT The Great Salt Air
2/22/08 Boise, ID The Big Easy Concert House
2/23/08 Spokane, WA The Big Easy Concert House
2/24/08 Seattle, WA El Corazon
2/25/08 Portland, OR Roseland Theatre
2/27/08 Los Angeles, CA House of Blues
2/28/08 Anaheim, CA House of Blues
2/29/08 San Diego, CA House of Blues
3/01/08 Las Vegas, NV House of Blues
3/02/08 Tempe, AZ Marquee Theatre
3/03/08 Albuquerque, NM Sunshine Theatre
3/05/08 Dallas, TX - House of Blues
3/06/08 Houston, TX - Warehouse Live
3/07/08 McAllen, TX Cine El Rey Theatre
3/08/08 San Antonio, TX White Rabbit
3/11/08 Port St. Lucie, FL - Mojo Room
3/12/08 St. Petersburg, FL Jannus Landing
3/14/08 Charlotte, NC Tremont Music Hall
3/15/08 Norfolk, VA Norva
3/16/08 Baltimore, MD Ram's Head Live!
3/19/08 Toronto, ON Phoenix Concert Theatre
3/20/08 Clifton Park, NY Northern Lights
3/21/08 Worcester, MA - The Palladium
3/22/08 Philadelphia, PA - The Fillmore at the TLA
3/23/08 New York, NY The Fillmore at Irving Plaza