In advance of National Mental Health Awareness month in May, BETTER NOISE MUSIC has partnered with Revolver Magazine, fan-powered charitable fundraising platform Fandiem and six of the label’s hard-hitting alternative and heavy rock bands listed below for the “Fan Love Sweepstakes” fundraiser. The Fan Love Sweepstakes” will support Sweet Relief Musician Fund’s “Music’s Mental Health Fund,” a partnership between Sweet Relief Musicians Fund and Backline, which provides financial assistance to music industry professionals in need of mental health services. A grand prize winner will be able to choose one of six once-in-a-lifetime experiences with one of their favorite bands.
Fans who donate directly at Fandiem.com have the opportunity to win Grand Prize options donated by participating artists including:
Go surfing with DIRTY HEADS – Pick out a surfboard with the band and spend an hour in the water surfing with Dirty Heads. All experience levels, including beginners, are welcome. Afterwards, the board will be customized Dirty Heads-style and gifted to the winner. Plus, get a pair of VIP tickets to a future Dirty Heads U.S. show of your choice (subject to venue availability).
Shadow ASKING ALEXANDRIA for the day on their U.S. tour, including a guitar tech session with lead guitarist Ben Bruce and take home the signed guitar. Plus, get a pair of VIP tickets to a future Asking Alexandria U.S. show of your choice (subject to venue availability).
Spend a day gaming with the members of FROM ASHES TO NEW - Experience an afternoon of gaming with the band and walk away with your own autographed Xbox/Playstation. Plus, get a pair of VIP tickets to a future From Ashes To New U.S. show of your choice (subject to venue availability).
Get a lesson in forging metal with Eva from EVA UNDER FIRE. Plus, get a pair of VIP tickets to a future Eva Under Fire U.S. show of your choice (subject to venue availability).
Go guitar shopping with CROSSBONE SKULLY - Shop for and pick out your very own guitar with Crossbone Skully’s front man Tommy Henriksen (Alice Cooper’s Musical Director and member of Hollywood Vampires). Plus, get a pair of VIP tickets to a future Crossbone Skully U.S. show of your choice (subject to venue availability).
Spend an extreme afternoon with NOTHING MORE - Winner chooses their own extreme adventure – like paintball, zip lining, go karts, etc. – with the band. Plus, get a pair of VIP tickets to a future Nothing More U.S. show of your choice (subject to venue availability).
Five runner-up winners will receive two tickets to any Better Noise Music artist concert in the U.S. in 2023. Touring artists include From Ashes To New, The Funeral Portrait, Five Finger Death Punch, Bad Wolves, Asking Alexandria, The HU, Finish Ticket, NOTHING MORE, Eva Under Fire, Dirty Heads and Crossbone Skully.
The donate-to-win “FAN LOVE Sweepstakes” is open to anyone 18 years of age and older and of legal residency in the U.S. and Canada only. Eligible contestants can enter to win as of today, Monday, April 3 at 8:00 A.M. PT until the contest closes on Friday, June 30 at 11:59 P.M. PT at fandiem.com/fanlove. Winners will be announced Wednesday, July 5 at 8:00 A.M. PT. via Better Noise Music’s social media pages.
The more fans donate the more chances they have to win – and the more they support Sweet Relief Musician Fund’s “Music’s Mental Health Fund”.
“Research tells us that music fans care deeply about issues relating to Mental Health, something that everybody deals with at some point in their lives,” shares BETTER NOISE MUSIC GM Paul Cormack. “Mental Health Awareness month is right around the corner, and we recognized an opportunity to make a difference. We reached out to Aric (Steinberg) and his team at Sweet Relief and quickly established a partnership with Better Noise to raise funds for Sweet Relief's new dedicated Mental Health fund. We hope fans will be excited about these once-in-a-lifetime Grand Prize opportunities donated by artists and help us raise funds for all those in the music business who need the help that Sweet Relief offers.”
“Sweet Relief has been helping musicians and music industry professionals since 1994 to help fund medical and vital living expenses,” elaborates ARIC STEINBERG (EVP of Development/Artist Relations at Sweet Relief Musicians Fund). “We created the Music’s Mental Health Fund in partnership with Backline to help address the mental health crisis in the music industry. From touring musicians, venue staff, touring crew members and industry professionals, the grant allows us to fund costs for sessions with a dedicated clinic and a case manager to create a specific mental health plan catered to the applicant’s needs. We’re excited to partner with Better Noise Music and their artists to help further our efforts and provide a fun and memorable experience for a lucky winner.”
ASKING ALEXANDRIA guitarist BEN BRUCE commented on being involved in the fundraiser: "Being in this industry for so long, we’ve seen firsthand how many people need strength, help and encouragement which is why we are so excited to be teaming up with Sweet Relief."
Throughout the course of the “Fan Love Sweepstakes,” BETTER NOISE MUSIC will be sharing mental health discussions, roundtables and highlighting mental health-related tips from artists on the label’s roster, touring professionals and music industry professionals across their social media platforms. Use the hashtags #FanLoveSweepstakes & #MHAM to join the conversation.