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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts Services, Health, Health (General & Financing), Music

Mission: Sweet Relief Musicians Fund provides financial assistance to all types of career musicians who are struggling to make ends meet while facing illness, disability, or age-related problems.

Target demographics: Ill, disabled or elder career musician facing financial hardship

Direct beneficiaries per year: 1000

Geographic areas served: Nationwide

Programs: Grants for medical and living expense, bill reduction and negotiation, directed artists programs,

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1 Story from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 joqatana

Donor

Rating: 5

I'm not exactly sure if I'm a donor or a volunteer! I became aware of Sweet Relief through a memorial concert for a dear friend.As an uninsured person who was fortunate enough to have the state cover my recent cancer surgery I am very much aware of the lack of coverage and care for those of us who make our living in the arts. After my surgery I suffered a series of losses from having my clothes stolen to having my car blow up . All I had left was self-pity. And then one day something went CLICK . If I can't help myself, why don't I do something to help Somebody Else. I had already donated a small amount of money to the Robin Sylvester Fund at Sweet Relief and got an idea. That was the birth of the Filaments Project : asking musicians to donate their used guitar strings, making jewelry out of them and donating all of the profits to Sweet Relief. Since February 2012 I have collected hundreds of guitar strings from old school friends, people I see playing guitars on the street and some of the biggest stars in the music world today. I sell them to people I meet on the bus and I sell them on eBay and since February I have earned just over a thousand dollars to donate. Life-changing? This project has given me a Life, a career, a mission and the very best side-effect of all, the love and gratitude of people who have been brought closer to the people who give them their greatest joy. I'm not a musician by any means, and Sweet Relief saved my life. I hope to keep doing this work for the rest of my life.