Charities and venues across America invited to fundraise alongside momentous 'Support YOUR Cause' tour Guinness World Record attempt on #GivingTuesday
Phoenix, Ariz. – Independent touring and recording artist Scott Helmer, who has opened for iconic acts such as Heart, Eddie Money, 3 Doors Down, Jeff Bridges, Eric Burdon & The Animals, and Big Country, is spending a year and a half traveling more than 25,000 miles across America, donating his time and talent by performing at 200+ concerts for free in venues ranging from historic theatres to Harley-Davidson dealerships, all to help raise $1 million for good causes. It’s hard to imagine a person like Helmer would ever put a gun in his mouth to commit suicide, but he did exactly that during his darkest hour in 2008. “Everything I’m doing now goes back to that moment where I was one second away from pulling the trigger.”
This fall Helmer will raise the stakes of his already-successful ‘Support YOUR Cause’ tour (now approaching the $400,000 mark in funds raised) with an attempt to break the official Guinness World Record for Most Live Concerts in 24 Hours (multiple cities). The current record is 10, set by Hunter Hayes in 2014. Helmer plans to beat that record with 12 concerts in 24 hours on December 1, 2015, a date that coincides with #GivingTuesday. His goal is to help raise $2 million for good causes in the process.
Here’s how it will work:
- Charities & Venues: 12 lucky charities will be selected by August 31, 2015 and partner with a venue of their choosing (ideally a historic theatre as they are also non-profits and have an incentive to fundraise) along a strategic route yet to be determined.
- Charity Fundraising: Beginning on November 1, 2015, each charity will spend the entire month and the day of the world record attempt (through midnight on December 1) raising funds for their not-for-profit operations in whatever manner they see fit. The goal for each charities month of fundraising is $30,000.
- Helmer’s Headline Appearance: If desired, between November 1 and November 30, 2015, Helmer will schedule an appearance at each venue for a full fundraising concert to further help them reach the above goal. His successful appearance at the Historic Midland Theatre is a model charities and venues can use to make the most of this event.
- Helmer’s World Record Appearance: Helmer will come back to each venue for a brief concert appearance on December 1 for the Guinness World Record attempt. To break the world record, each of his 12 appearances on that date will consist of a 15-30 minute set. Interested venues are already pitching a wide variety of activities, from midnight movies and pancake breakfasts to busing in children, senior citizens, and veterans from the local area to be on hand for the world record attempt. Helmer notes, “The buzz is already heating up, and I’ll be interested in seeing what participating charities and venues come up with to add to the excitement of their events!” Note that Helmer’s tour bus with the documentary film crew and support team could show up at any time on December 1 and will be dependent on final routing as the date draws near.
- Performance Technical Requirements: Note that both of Helmer’s appearances (November full concert, and December 1 world record attempt appearance) consist of upbeat solo-acoustic music of rock and country favorites, selections from his current record, and seasonal holiday music. With few technical demands, venues can easily work his appearances into their existing schedule of events without being a burden to other productions planned during that time. If any venues have a piano or drum set available, he can make use of those as well.
- Guinness Requirements: All participating venues must have a seating capacity of 300 or more. The venues must all be at least 31 miles apart from each other. Each of the cities must have a minimum population of 15,000, and half of them must have a population of 100,000 or more. In addition, each concert must last at least 15 minutes.
- Press Coverage: Helmer’s Guinness World Record attempt is sure to receive substantial amounts of national and international media coverage, boosting awareness for all participants and 'their' causes.
- Matching Funds: Participating charities are encouraged to line up sponsors who will provide dollar-for-dollar matching funds to double their money raised, making the grand total goal for each charity $60,000.
- To Be Considered: Charities and venues interested in being selected as one of the lucky 12 to fundraise in conjunction with Helmer's Guinness World record attempt should register before AUGUST 15, 2015.
But Helmer’s not stopping there. With the assistance of the individual charities and venues, he will also be working to help raise $1 million for one very special charity. The Kostopulos Dream Foundation, home of Camp Kostopulos (Camp K) in Salt Lake City, UT, serve people with disabilities and special needs. They come from all over the nation and world to experience programs centered on recreation, education, and growth opportunities. In order to particpate and fundraise for an entire month in conjunction with Helmer's world record attempt, each charity / venue will be required to donate $3,000 or 10% (whichever is greater) of their total funds raised to Kostopulos Dream Foundation.
Camp K is near and dear to Helmer’s heart. His tour made a stop there in 2014 and helped raise $8,500 for the Foundation. When Helmer returned for this year’s Family Fun Day and Concert in the Canyon, the events raised nearly $20,000. The Foundation’s President and CEO, Mircea Divricean, expressed his gratitude to Helmer in this letter of appreciation. Under Divricean’s leadership, the foundation has already secured matching fund pledges totaling $500,000 for its participation in the Guinness World Record attempt.
After making a huge mistake back in 2008 that cost him his livelihood and his family, Helmer hit the reset button on his life to focus on three simple things: Creating music, performing music, and helping others, which is why he’s also an enthusiastic volunteer for Musicians On Call. Helmer notes, “If I can come back from the brink, anyone can. I hope my story inspires others to never give up.” Helmer will not handle any money or donations on behalf of organizations during his performances.
Charities and venues interested in fundraising with Helmer's world record attempt can be considered by filling out the registration form before AUGUST 15, 2015. Those wishing to fundraise at any other time during the year can register here. Scott Helmer proudly endorses Elixir Strings, Gator Cases and Pedaltrain. Helmer is also accepting tour sponsors. Businesses and individuals can learn more here.