Good causes and venues across Arizona are invited to raise money and awareness alongside entertainer's 24-hour concert marathon
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, Big Country and more, set out in 2012 to help good causes across the nation raise funds and awareness for their important work. Since January of that year, Helmer has appeared in more than 1,000 performances, 200 of which were benefit concerts that have helped raise more than $2 million dollars for military veterans and their families, equine and pet rescues, food banks, non-profit theatres, suicide and crisis prevention, special needs children and adults, high schools and colleges, and many more.
This fall Helmer's current 'Never Give Up' Tour will include an attempt to set a new Guinness World Records title for Most Live Concerts Headlined in 24 Hours (multiple cities), a record currently held by country-star, Hunter Hayes. Although Helmer’s attempt to break the record last year only resulted in a tie thanks to logistical snafus, it was still hugely successful in another way: It helped raise more than $500,000 for the Utah-based Kostopulos Dream Foundation and its Camp K programs for people living with special needs and disabilities.
This time around Helmer's attempt will kick off in the early morning hours of #GivingTuesday, November 29, 2016, consist of twelve benefit concerts across Arizona and be used to help twelve worthy causes throughout the state raise money and awareness for their good work while making history at the same time. And the best part is that participating causes and venues get to keep 100% of proceeds raised in conjunction with Helmer's attempt.
Here’s how it will work:
- Good Causes & Venues: 12 good causes / venues across Arizona will be selected by July 15, 2016 to host one of Helmer's twelve concerts on #GivingTuesday, leveraging his appearance and Guinness World Records attempt to raise money and awareness for their cause. Participating causes and venues keep 100% of proceeds raised and Helmer will not handle any money or donations.
- Fundraising: A participating venue that is not a non-profit can decide what percentage of the proceeds will be donated to the charity of its choice. Participating causes/venues are encouraged to make the most of Helmer’s history-making Guinness World Records attempt by making it the culmination of a series of fundraising events lasting a day, a week, or even a whole month. The only stipulation is that Helmer receive top billing on #GivingTuesday (Nov. 29) to comply with Guinness rules.
- Day-Of-Show: Each of his 12 concert appearances during the attempt will consist of a 15-25 minute solo-acoustic set of rock and country favorites along with Helmer’s own material, and is suitable for all ages. Each stop may also have any other activities / performances at their event before or after Scott's appearance.
- Technical Requirements: With few technical demands venues can easily work Helmer's attempt and appearance into their existing schedule of events without being a burden to other productions planned during that time. Helmer's performance will be 'plug & play,' as he will arrive at his scheduled time, take the stage for a quick sound test and get underway. CLICK HERE for complete #NeverGiveUpGWR Technical Requirements.
- Guinness Requirements: All participating venues, indoors or out must have a rated 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 and must be ticketed.
- To Be Considered: Good causes and venues of all types across Arizona interested in being selected as one of the lucky 12 to fundraise for their cause in conjunction with Helmer's Guinness World Records attempt should CLICK HERE before JULY 15, 2016.
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,” says Helmer. "I had to make those dark times in my life mean something and using my music to give back is the best way I know how." Helmer is currently working on a book to chronicle his journey through total collapse and comeback, due out this fall to coincide with his Guinness World Records attempt.
After making a huge mistake back in 2008 that cost him his livelihood, family and self-respect, 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.”