How do you define Rock Star? We define it as taking action in your community! Rock the Cause is not your parent's charity! We are movement of young people of all ages who want to impact their communities in a way that is meaningful, inclusive, educational, and fun!

Rock the Cause is a registered 501c3 nonprofit organization. We combine the power of giving with the power of music! Our mission is to help you impact your community by discovering a cause that you can feel good about.

Our site is full of opportunities to give your time, energy, resources and Rock & Roll heart to. If you love music with your favorite causes then Rock the Cause is also a way for you to discover new music by artists who see the world the way you do.

Hang out for a while on our site, down load some jams, attend our events, and find a cause you can Rock! Let's kick it!

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Dec 4, 2012

Rock the Cause and Music Go Round Stores Community Days!

Check out all the love coming into our community from Music Go Round Roseville & Burnsville. In store specials for donating nonperishable food items. A very special in store appearance from Kevin Bowe with 10% of all sales benefitting ex The Replacements member Slim Dunlap. Click Here for Details!    

Mar 28, 2012

Rock the Cause Takes Over SXSW!

We had a great year at SXSW! We even got back stage to meet The Boss! Read all about it in 89.3 The Current's Music Blog. Click Here!

Mar 15, 2012

Austin Chronicle 3 Stars Minnesota Remembers Vic Chesnutt

Although he was from Georgia, Vic Chesnutt impressed songwriters worldwide. If this 17-song benefit for health care nonprofits Lifeworks Services and Sweet Relief is any indication, he made quite an impression in Minnesota.

Rock the Cause and McNally Smith College of Music in USA Today

For many college students, the words “spring break” call to mind sun-soaked beaches and the heady scent of Banana Boat sunscreen. Not so for promoters, executives and artists maneuvering the music industry. Instead, they picture Texas.

Feb 25, 2012

McNally Smith College of Music Students Rally The Hopes of a Generation at SXSW

Fans, musicians, labels, and industry people are all welcome to attend and discover how they can join the Rock the Cause movement and support nonprofit organizations like Sweet Relief.

Feb 24, 2012

Rock the Cause SXSW Schedule Announced!

We are taking over SXSW! Schedules for Showcases, Day Parties and UFO Sightings can all be found here! 

Rock the Cause Official SXSW Showcase Announced!

The a special live tribute to Georgia’s fallen song writing hero by some of Minnesota’s finest, including Rogue Valley, Brad Senne, Luke Redfield, Sleep Study, Gabriel Douglas (The 4onthefloor), Adam Levy (The Honeydogs) Murzik, Minor Kingdom, Benjamin Cartel (Kaiser Cartel) with Wisconsin native Cory Chisel and more surprises TBA!

Dec 20, 2011

American Songwriter Features Rock the Cause Records

Earlier this month, Rock The Cause released Minnesota Remembers Vic Chesnutt, a tribute to the late singer-songwriter featuring Dan Wilson, Haley Bonar, David Simonett from Trampled By Turtles, Charlie Parr, Luke Redfield and more. Proceeds from the sale of the album will go to Sweet Relief Musicians Fund and other organizations that help musicians with disabilities.More by clicking here..

Dec 6, 2011

Minnesota Remembers Vic Chesnutt Concert Impact - Lifeworks Band

Lead singer Sam Bisanz and keyboardist/backup vocalist Ron Stearns were the first of the band to arrive for the show on November 12, 2011 at the Grain Belt Bottling House in Minneapolis. As performing members of one of many prestigious Minnesota acts in the Rock the Cause lineup, they were given the VIP treatment with backstage wristbands and entry into the auspicious greenroom- read more

Nov 29, 2011

Dan Wilson's version of Vic Chesnutt's

Rock the Cause is pleased to announce the single “Soft Picasso” from Minnesota Remembers Vic Chesnutt is available. Performed by Minnesota native and Grammy Award winning singer songwriter and producer, Dan Wilson. Click here to download!

Nov 21, 2011

No Depression Features Minnesota Remembers Vic Chesnutt

I recently had the wonderful opportunity to interview Scott Herold, CEO and founder of Rock The Cause, and Luke Redfield, who was the executive producer and was responsible for the song and artist selections for the album. Both Scott and Luke were very enthusiastic about sharing the album's story, and each generously donated a lot of their time to participating in this interview. - Chris Mateer No Depression

Nov 18, 2011

How a bunch of Minnesotans wound up honoring a fallen Georgian songwriting hero with a new charity album.

Like a lot of people, Luke Redfield couldn't get Vic Chesnutt off his mind on the day after Christmas in 2009. Unlike most people, though, the Minnesota songwriter put his thoughts to good use. Read more..

Nov 9, 2011

City Pages Andrea Swensson - Minnesota Remembers Vic Chesnutt and Rock's the Cause!

Minnesota Remembers Vic Chesnutt stands out for a few reasons: It will be the first album released by Twin Cities nonprofit Rock the Cause, it features some truly standout tracks from musicians such as Dan WilsonHaley Bonar, and Andrew Broder, and its high production quality speaks to the pro bono handiwork of five renowned engineers. Read more!

Nov 3, 2011

Rock the Cause News! Who is Vic Chesnutt!

For 20 years, Vic Chesnutt was one of the staples of independent music.vic wheel
Discovered by R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe, in 1991, Chesnutt went on to make 17 records. He wrote, recorded, and performed with the likes of Smashing Pumpkins, R.E.M, Lamb Chop, Wide Spread Panic, Nancy Griffith, Soul Asylum and more! Vic hung out with Hollywood types like Billy Bob Thornton, and even landed a role in "Sling Blade." Read more..