Independent touring and recording artist Scott Helmer, who has opened for iconic acts such as Heart, Eddie Money, 3 Doors Down and Big Country, is spending an entire year traveling more than 25,000 miles across America, performing 200+ concerts without charging his own fee in venues ranging from historic theatres to Harley-Davidson dealerships, all to help raise $1 million for good causes. An important new focus of his tour is reindustrializing America in the face of continued job losses.
“I’ve been shocked at the number of communities in which I perform that have seen so many jobs shipped overseas,” Helmer says. “We need to bring those jobs back home for the many deserving Americans who can’t find work. Bruce Springsteen, John Mellencamp and Billy Joel were singing about this when it started back in the 1980s. Now we’re seeing the true extent of that damage, and I want to help.”
The Support YOUR Cause Tour 2014-2015 kicked off on May 17, 2014 with a motorcycle ride and concert to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) at Los Angeles Harley-Davidson of Anaheim, CA. Originally scheduled to end with a benefit for the Calumet Theatre in Michigan on April 25, 2015, Helmer is extending his tour through December 31, 2015 to accommodate the many historic theatres and other good causes still wanting to participate, including groups working to bring jobs back to America.
Helmer needs sponsorship and support to keep this tour on the road and is offering one ‘Presenting Sponsor’ slot at the $35,000 level to underwrite an RV and five ‘Powered By’ sponsorship slots at the $2,500 level for fuel, an equipment trailer and other basic touring gear. Companies and individuals can learn about the extensive array of benefits and deliverables at the ‘Presenting Sponsor’ information page and the ‘Powered By’ Sponsor information page. Brands will enjoy nation-wide exposure to millions of people as Helmer criss-crosses the country on America’s highways and byways, in addition to extensive print, radio and television coverage.
First announced in November 2013, Helmer’s tour consists of the entertainer’s offer to all charities and nonprofits across America: Upbeat, energetic solo-acoustic set of rock and country favorites along with original material from his new CD, Wake Me When It’s Over, at their fundraising event free of charge. To date, more than 150 groups have signed up, ranging from the Kostopulos Dream Foundation in Salt Lake City, UT to the historic Raymond Theatre in Washington. Helmer will not handle any money or donations on behalf of organizations during his performances on the Support YOUR Cause Tour. “I am simply offering to perform at any fundraising event free of charge, to help them raise money and awareness for their cause,” he explained. His only requirement is that the charity has a goal to raise at least $5,000 during their event.
After making a huge mistake back in 2008 that cost him his livelihood and his family, Helmer hit the reset button on his life, building a new one based on three simple things: Creating music, performing music, and helping others. The singer is also an enthusiastic volunteer for Musicians On Call and will continue his commitment to their efforts during this tour.
Good causes and historic theatres across America can fundraise with the 2014-2015 edition of Helmer’s tour. To be considered, fill out the registration form. Scott Helmer proudly endorses Elixir Strings and Gator Cases.