Good causes across California and Arizona to fundraise with 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, and more, set out in 2012 to help good causes across the nation raise money 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 unanticipated boundaries, 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.
Presented by KS Energy Services, Helmer's 2016 attempt kicks off at 9 PM PST on November 28 at Tin Roof in San Diego and benefits Toys for Tots. From there Helmer will make his way North for two more concerts in California before heading into Arizona for the remaining nine stops. The 24-hour concert marathon will conclude by 10 PM MST on #GivingTuesday, November 29. Helmer's twelfth and final concert will begin at 9 PM MST at Shadow Mountain High School in Phoenix and benefit Teen Lifeline. Helmer's entire attempt will be used to help twelve worthy causes in both states 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 California and Arizona will be selected 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 cause of its choice. Participating causes / venues are encouraged (but not required) to make the most of Helmer’s history-making Guinness World Records attempt for their cause by making it the culmination of a series of fundraising activities lasting a day, a week, or even a whole month. Causes may even decide to use Scott's attempt appearance to kick-off their next fundraising initiative. Events can be as simple or as extravagant as each cause / venue desire. Whatever they decide, the only stipulation is that Helmer receive top billing on #GivingTuesday (Nov. 29) to comply with Guinness rules.
- Day-Of-Show: Helmer will only be at each location a maximum of 30 minutes and each of his 12 concert appearances during the attempt will consist of a 15-20 minute solo-acoustic set of rock and country favorites along with Helmer’s own music. The performance is suitable for all ages. Organizers at each stop may also have any other activities / performances at their event before or after Scott's appearance. Helmer will depart immediately after his performance.
- 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 technical requirements.
- Guinness Requirements: All participating venues, indoors or out must have a rated capacity of at least 300 people. 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 a ticket must be made available. Finally, Guinness World Records requires that Scott Helmer must be compensated for his performance. To that end, a $25 performance fee will be required at the time of booking.
- To Be Considered: Good causes and venues across California and 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.
After making mistakes 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. Helmer notes, “If I can come back from the brink, anyone can. During his darkest hour Helmer put a gun in his mouth to commit suicide. “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.
Scott Helmer proudly endorses Seagull Guitars, Godin Guitars, Elixir Strings, Analog Man Pedals and Gator Cases. Learn more at his website. Businesses and individuals interested in becoming a sponsor or supporting Helmer's Guinness World Records attempt for charity on #GivingTuesday should CLICK HERE.