National Song Contest for a Cause: Benefit for Sweet Relief Musicians Fund (extended)

Posted by:  Sweet Relief Musicians Fund, in association with Paul Fox Presents


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Don't miss your LAST CHANCE to submit - the winner's song will be recorded and produced by a team of music industry legends that have accounted for 100+ million in sales including producer Paul Fox, engineer Jeff Tomei and mixer Matt Wallace. Airfare to LA and accommodations are included./n/nDue to popular demand and to accommodate some confusion with international submissions, Sweet Relief is extending the submission deadline by 48 hours.

Sweet Relief has assembled a superstar recording team and studio, pairing up with the premier entertainment marketing firm in the nation to support one of the music industries most important charity organizations. Be part of a song contest that really matters!

The Sweet Relief "National Song Contest for a Cause" winner's song will be recorded and produced by a group of music industry legends that have accounted for 100+ million in sales including producer Paul Fox and engineer Jeff Tomei, then your song will be uniquely and masterfully marketed and distributed and covered by national media and press.

100% of submission proceeds will go to assist career musicians facing illness, disability or age-related problems. All contest entries will receive a tax-deductable charity receipt from The Sweet Relief Musicians Fund, a 501c3 charitable corporation.

Grand Prize

    The winner of the contest receives a once-in-a-lifetime prize package including:
  • Recording session with producer Paul Fox and engineer Jeff Tomei at Sound City Studios in LA
  • Mixing Session with Matt Wallace
  • Premiere studio musicians if required
  • National media marketing package provided by Subset M
  • Airfare to Los Angeles for up to 4 persons (up to $1,600)
  • Accommodations for 4 (two nights / maximum $1,000)
  • Featured web placement on

2nd & 3rd Prize

  • Complete artistic and critical review of song submission in one-on-one session with Paul Fox Presents
  • Inclusion in all contest winning media announcements
  • Featured placement on
  • Placement on supporter page or

Top Ten

  • Placement on supporter page of Sweet along side our Superstar Artists supporters
  • Links to artist sites on

Contest judges - Paul Fox (Paul Fox Presents / Producer), Franne Golde (Grammy Winning songwriter/artist) Robin Lerner (award winning songwriter) Mark Needham (All-star producer/engineer) Cori Gadbury (LiveNation) Samantha Murphy (Singer/Songwriter, TV show Host)

Contest Partners: Paul Fox Presents / Subset M / Sound City Studios / in support of Sweet Relief Musicians Fund.

Paul Fox Presents

Paul Fox is recognized as one of the most successful and creative producers in music industry history. His vast production credits include working with XTC, Phish, Sugarcubes (Bjork),Yes, 10,000 Maniacs, Wallflowers, Robyn Hitchcock, Semisonic, Sixpence None the Richer, Faker, Ziggy Marley, They Might Be Giants, Rod Stewart, Grant Lee Buffalo, Victoria Williams, members of REM, and many more.

In addition to being in high demand for production, arranging, and songwriting, Paul has also played keyboards on some of music’s most classic recordings. His "Paul Fox Presents" is one of the best of the new forward thinking discovery and developing new artists companies around, giving up and coming artists access to him and his team, helping to find, develop, and promote new artists and bands, in clubs, on the radio, and on the internet, using many social networking sites and his many contacts in the industry to quickly spread the word about the new artists that he is currently working with...

Subset M

Subset M is an innovative and ground-breaking new media & viral marketing company that helps musicians, non-profit organizations, and a variety of companies build their brands online. By utilizing cutting edge digital marketing and social media tools, Subset M provides creative, effective solutions to their clients. Some of their clients include: Nickelback, Ashley Tisdale, Warner Bros Records, CBS Records, Gatorade, Barack Obama and others.

Sound City Studio

Sound City is truly one of America’s greatest recording studios. The incredible roster of artists who have recorded there includes Nine Inch Nails, Metallica, Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Rage Against The Machine, Neil Young, Elton John, Bob Dylan, Fleetwood Mac, Elvis Costello, The Smashing Pumpkins, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Guns & Roses, George Harrison, Garbage, Ben Folds Five, The Black Crowes, Grateful Dead, Tool, L7, The Allman Brothers, and the list goes on and on. A state of the art recording studio, phenomenal staff and ownership make Sound City Studios the ultimate choice for recording success.

Sweet Relief Musicians Fund

Sweet Relief was founded by singer-songwriter Victoria Williams in 1993. Victoria, while on a career-making tour with Neil Young was forced to drop off mid-schedule after experiencing unexplained debilitating symptoms. A long and painful diagnostic process revealed she had multiple sclerosis.

After her diagnosis, a group of friends assembled an all-star album of Victoria’s songs, Sweet Relief, which alleviated much of her medical debt. Vic, knowing that there are many musicians like her - unable to afford medical expenses and compromised in their ability to work - donated some of her proceeds from the album to found Sweet Relief Musicians Fund.

In 1994 Sweet Relief was incorporated as a nonprofit charity and by September of that year was distributing grants to needy artists. Many prominent musicians, professionals and music fans have rallied enthusiastically behind the Fund, staging benefits in venues from Miami to Seattle, with performances donated by hundreds of both established and emerging artists. Nightclubs, concert halls, radio stations, internet sites, restaurants, clothing and shoe companies, music retailers, athletes, actors and many others have all chosen Sweet Relief as their charity of choice.

Key events included a second top selling album and concert, an MTV "120 Minutes" special on the fund, annual fundraising events as well as a continual press and media coverage. Sweet Relief's list of supporters is one of the most extensive in the nonprofit world and continues to expand.

In addition to its long tenured relationships, Sweet Relief is focused on growing our charitable voice within the youth market. Social networking, forums, portals and internet partnerships are currently being developed to make Sweet Relief a charity of choice for young and old alike.

Millions of dollars have been raised and scores of artists have found the help they need through Sweet Relief Musicians Fund. Now, as much as ever, Sweet Relief is the charity that musicians reach out to help them find healing, shelter and sustenance.