Arts, Culture, and Humanities

ROCK THE CAUSE INC

  • Minneapolis, MN
  • www.irockthecause.org

Mission Statement

Rock the Cause is out to make the world a better place through music. We use our record label, concert events, volunteer drives, and high school music program to raise funds, increase awareness, and recruit volunteers, for other nonprofit organizations.

Main Programs

  1. Rock the Cause Records
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Perhaps you know our work. We are the same record label that helped Zach Sobiech to launch his charitable single 'Clouds'. Zach's music continues to inspire millions around the world and has nearly raised 1 million dollars for pediatric cancer research. More recently we released the inspirational hit song 'Hold You Up' by Matt Hires benefiting Ronald McDonald House Charities. Then there is also the critically acclaimed Farewell Transmission the Music of Jason Molina, which Rock the Cause released to much fanfare from the likes of NPR, Rolling Stone, Spin and more! The list goes on!

ruling year

2007

Principal Officer

Self-reported

Mr. Scott Herold

Keywords

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Rock the Cause Music Nonprofit

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Also Known As

Rock the Cause Records

EIN

26-0591013

 Number

2955771006

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (A12)

Other Youth Development N.E.C. (O99)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Rock the Cause Records

Rock the Cause Records is the worlds only full-time record label that releases music albums and singles with the proceeds benefiting charity.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Adults

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$250,000.00

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Rock the Cause is out to make the world a better place through music. Our aim is to become one of the nations most innovative and respected nonprofits and records labels.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    We use our record label, concert events, volunteer drives, and high school music program to raise funds, increase awareness, and recruit volunteers, for other nonprofit organizations.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    The worlds only full time nonprofit record label dedicated to releasing music that impacts charity.
    Worldwide music distribution
    Worldwide social media and digital media capabilities
    Large and small event capabilities
    In classroom workshops on community service and the business of being a nonprofit
    Large and small scale volunteer drive capabilities
    Partnerships with celebrities and music artists across the globe
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Rock the Cause grew from $59,000 in revenue in 2012 to over $345,000 in revenue in 2013. This growth was derived by revenues from music downloads, concert events, and private donations. In 2013 Rock the Cause gave a total of nearly $250,000 to organizations like Childrens Cancer Research Fund, High School for Recording Arts and more!
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Perhaps you know our work. We are the same record label that helped Zach Sobiech to launch his charitable single 'Clouds'. Zach's music continues to inspire millions around the world and has nearly raised 1 million dollars for pediatric cancer research. More recently we released the inspirational hit song 'Hold You Up' by Matt Hires benefiting Ronald McDonald House Charities. Then there is also the critically acclaimed Farewell Transmission the Music of Jason Molina, which Rock the Cause released to much fanfare from the likes of NPR, Rolling Stone, Spin and more! The list goes on!

    What you really need to know is simple. Over the past 7 years Rock the Cause has grown into one the nations most respected music nonprofits. We have helped dozens of organizations raise awareness, new stewardship, and hundreds of thousands of dollars. Through our work in colleges and high schools across the region we have helped hundreds of students to discover an opportunity to give back.

    We are not a pass-through organization. We work hard to raise money. Sometimes it is a 99 cent song download. Other times it is a large scale concert event. All of this requires money for administration, technology, professional services, equipment etc. We deliver impact on a grand scale. Music is our front line social mission.

    We are currently working on a tribute compilation to 60's folk icon Donovan with some of today's most exciting artists. Proceeds will benefit families affected by Huntington's Disease. We helped to launch the At Home Project, a series of music singles by artists you hear on the radio everyday, with proceeds benefiting Ronald McDonald House Charities.
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Perhaps you know our work. We are the same record label that helped Zach Sobiech to launch his charitable single 'Clouds'. Zach's music continues to inspire millions around the world and has nearly raised 1 million dollars for pediatric cancer research. More recently we released the inspirational hit song 'Hold You Up' by Matt Hires benefiting Ronald McDonald House Charities. Then there is also the critically acclaimed Farewell Transmission the Music of Jason Molina, which Rock the Cause released to much fanfare from the likes of NPR, Rolling Stone, Spin and more! The list goes on!

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ROCK THE CAUSE INC
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

ROCK THE CAUSE INC

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Mr. Scott Herold

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Rurik Hover

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?