Rock by the Sea, Inc is dedicated to organizing music festivals and events where we raise money to assist deserving charities who provide direct services to those in need. Every Rock by the Sea event is an intimate showcase of music designed to bring people together for the love of music and the common goal of helping these charities. In 15 years we have donated almost $800,000 to various charities.
2019 brought big changes and growth to Rock by the Sea. We'll be holding more inaugural events in than any other year: They are Rock by the Sea, Down South in Fort Lauderdale; Rock the Lake in Put-in-Bay, Ohio, and Write by the Sea in November in St. George Island. We've connected with and collaborated with other charities to increase the dollars raised, and to increase awareness and participation.
2020 TRIED TO SLOW US DOWN, but we managed to hold a couple ROCK BY THE STREAMS, we got Write by the Sea, Volume 2 out, we produced our 11th Christmas CD, we held our 2nd event in Put-in-Bay, OH (granted a smaller group, but it was a blast and successful), and Write by the Sea, Volume 3 is in production complete with songs, videos, and a piece of Brian Fechino art for each song to be raffled off. 2020: IT'S NOT ALL BAD! And we are planning a couple new events for 2021, so stay tuned!
Rock by the Sea has definitely evolved from the idea that a few music fans could produce a great music event and inspire each other to raise money for meaningful causes. Inspired by Sister Hazel's Lyrics for Life and The Rock Boat and to quote Ken Block, Sister Hazel's lead man, "The ripple effect" of our actions are in full force." Since the first event in 2007 we have raised funds at Multi-night Music Festivals, Golf Tournaments, Road Shows, Silent Auctions and Raffles, Christmas CDs and now we'll be working on Vol.3 of Write by the Sea, a CD written and recorded soon to be produced for sale, and look for a performance announcement.
These activities helped us raise money that we in turn donated to various charities such as: UF The Pediatric Brain Tumor Program, Brain Tumor Immunotherapy Program, Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children's Pediatric Brain Tumor Program, Camp Sunshine, Now I Play Along Too, Franklin County Library - Music as a Second Language and a Summer Reading Program, Lyrics For Life, PKD Foundation, Franklin County (FL) Humane Society, Feed the Children, Charities like Anchorage Children's Home in Panama City Beach, the Down Syndrome Association of Tallahassee, Refuge House (Tallahassee), and various other deserving charities have also received donations and service hours from Rock by the Sea.
Rock by the Sea is led completely by volunteers, has no employees. It is a community, a family...of volunteers, musicians, charities and fans of music who travel from all over the country to attend these events. All donating their time, talents and dollars in pursuit of making a difference while having a GREAT time. Over 38 states have been represented. Each event is about more than just the charity. It is about discovering your new favorite band and hanging out with them. It is about talking to people or their parents who have benefited from our efforts. It is about making new friends and bringing your old ones into a community of some pretty fantastic people and talent you don't get to hear on the radio anymore and when you, you tend to shriek out loud in a store or where you are. It does the soul some good. Everyone is happy to be at the event, happy to be a part of it and happy to be able to help.