Nonprofits That Rock Hard

Maybe rocking out and meeting the band don’t usually correspond with your day job or volunteer activities. But check out the work of these nonprofit organizations that are shamelessly devoted to rock music!

Black Rock Coalition works to support progressive black musicians “who defy convention.” The national organization, founded in New York City in 1985, helps secure performance and recording opportunities and other resources for bands and artists, documents and promotes promising acts, and organizes educational events and discussion forums for the public. Among its list of featured bands and artists are Ben Harper, Bloc Party, Sevendust, Toshi Reagon, and TV on the Radio, to name just a few.

By Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls (Creative Commons)

Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls is dedicated to youth empowerment through music. At its summer camp sessions in New York City, 8- to 18-year-old girls learn to play musical instruments, write songs, and perform with a band; all while making strides in self-confidence, self-expression, and teamwork. A slew of other rock camps for girls are cropping up throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe: for starters, check out the list of 13 camps that belong to the Girls Rock Camp Alliance.

There’s no shortage of other nonprofits that combine important social and environmental causes with rock music. Rock the Earth works with the music industry and its fans to advocate for environmental sustainability. Rock the Classroom brings music and songwriting into public school classrooms to help students improve their literacy skills. Rock CAN Roll, Inc. collects canned food at rock concerts to distribute to families and seniors who need it.

Ready to rock? Look into these 16 related volunteer opportunities.

[This blog entry appeared on an older version of Idealist; any broken links are a result of having re-launched our site in Fall 2010.]

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