[Cover image: KT Tunstall, “Suddenly I See”]
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 in support of Mental Health Awareness Month.
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.
Artists who have recently collaborated include KT Tunstall, Ozomatli, Chris Shiflett, Red Wanting Blue, Jesse Dayton and Cory Branan.
Scott Terry, lead singer for Red Wanting Blue says:
I first became aware of Sweet Relief with their benefit CD for Victoria Williams. 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.
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 workied with 600+ musicians including Billie Eilish, Coldplay, Dolly Parton, Outkast, Lil Nas X, the Avett Brothers, The Cure, and P!nk.
More 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.