Chris Shiflett, KT Tunstall, Ozomatli and more Blue Élan Records artists Join with Sweet Relief to Support Mental Health Month

Article Contributed by MAD Ink PR | Published on Thursday, May 25, 2023

In collaboration with non-profit art studio Soundwaves Art Foundation, a number of Blue Élan Records artists have joined together to sell limited-edition, autographed artworks made from the soundwaves of their songs.  The artworks, created by artist and founder of Soundwaves Art Foundation Tim Wakefield, will be sold to raise funds for Sweet Relief Musicians Fund which provides financial assistance to all types of career musicians and music industry workers who are faced with physical or mental health issues, disability, or age-related problems.

“We’re thrilled to work with Soundwaves Art to raise funds and awareness for the Sweet Relief Mental Health Fund. We honor the work that Sweet Relief does for fellow musicians.” said Ulises Bella of Ozomatli. “We love what Tim did with the soundwaves of ‘Cumbia de los Muertos’.”

“I first became aware of Sweet Relief with their benefit CD for Victoria Williams,” said Scott Terry, lead singer for Red Wanting Blue. “That benefit album was so formative for me. I was blown away how they were able to harness the music community and rally for Victoria. They came to her aid with an incredible collection of artists, shining a spotlight on her talent and bringing awareness to her struggle. I was grateful for what Sweet Relief did for her and have been a fan of their work ever since. So happy to be a part of anything they’re involved in, and Soundwaves has done an awesome job with taking artists’ actual ‘Soundwaves’ to create something visually beautiful for people to enjoy.”

"We’re incredibly grateful to Tim and Soundwaves Art Foundation and all of the amazing artists at Blue Élan Records for coming together to support Sweet Relief." said Eddie Eastabrooks, Blue Élan Records Chief Product Officer. "It’s gratifying to see so many members of the music community coming together to help those in need of emergency financial assistance. We can’t thank them enough for their time and support!"

Soundwaves is a philanthropic foundation that creates unique pieces of art from the sound waves of songs, gets the musicians behind those songs to autograph each piece, and donates all profits of the art sales. Formed in 2009, the organization has donated over $7.5M to charities by working with 600+ musicians including Billie Eilish, Coldplay, Dolly Parton, Outkast, Lil Nas X, the Avett Brothers, The Cure, and P!nk.
Browse the collection at Soundwaves Art Foundation’s website.

About Soundwaves Art Foundation

Soundwaves Art Foundation is a non-profit with offices in Austin and London that combines music, modern art, and technology in order to fundraise for charities across the globe. Artist Tim Wakefield captures the digital heartbeat of iconic songs by coloring and manipulating sound waves through a proprietary art process he created and has honed for over a decade.
The musician(s) behind the song sign each piece and we donate 100% of profits to charities primarily focused on social justice, arts education, the environment, disaster relief, and mental health. We’ve raised $4M+ a year for charity by working with 400+ artists including Pearl Jam, Celine Dion, Arctic Monkeys, Tina Turner, The Who, BROCKHAMPTON, Patti Smith, Fleetwood Mac, Disturbed, Hayley Kiyoko, and Lin-Manuel Miranda.

About Sweet Relief Musicians Fund

Sweet Relief Musicians Fund provides financial assistance to all types of career musicians and music industry workers who are struggling to make ends meet while facing physical or mental health issues, disability, or age-related problems.

Grant recipients include musicians and music industry workers from across the country. Sweet Relief serves the music community by providing immediate financial assistance for medical and vital living expenses, including insurance premiums, prescriptions, medical treatment and operative procedures, housing costs, food costs, utilities, and other vital living expenses.

Music's Mental Health Fund, a partnership between Sweet Relief Musicians Fund and Backline, provides financial assistance to music industry professionals in need of mental health services.