Hopeless/Sub City Records has chosen non-profit organization Do Something as the official charity for their 2008 Take Action Tour. Sharing a common mission to help young people make a positive difference in the world, Take Action and Do Something are set to kick off the 7th annual tour in February of 2008.
Take Action is pleased to announce that From First To Last will be supporting previously announced headliner Every Time I Die on the nationwide tour. Every Time I Die recently released The Big Dirty through Ferret Music in September of 2007 and From First To Last will release their next album through Suretone Records in early 2008.
From First to Lastâ€™s guitarist Travis Richter:
â€œWe are very excited to be a part of this yearâ€™s Take Action Tour and to contribute to a great cause. We canâ€™t wait to kick the tour off with our old friends in Every Time I Die and make new friends with the other bands, as well.â€
Previously announced co-headlining band Escape The Fate will unfortunately not be able to participate in this yearâ€™s tour due to some unforeseen circumstances. Additional band announcements will be made soon about the rest of the tourâ€™s line-up.
Charity partner Do Something is a place where young people are given the opportunity to help change the world. Instead of telling young people what cause they should get involved with, Do Something asks them â€œWhatâ€™s your something?â€ and then gives them the information, resources, and grant-money to make change around the causes they are passionate about.
â€œMusic has always been a catalyst for change,â€ says Aria Finger, Director, Business Development â€œDo Something couldnâ€™t be more excited to join forces with Hopeless/Sub City Records and make the Take Action! Tour the ultimate intersection between music and activism.â€
Putting their money where their mouth is, Do Something distributes weekly $500 grants to young peoples with an idea about how to make a difference in their community. In 2007 alone, the site issued over $240,000 to young people who are making change in communities across the globe. Last year Do Something reached over 10 million young people, age 25 and under, and helped them take action.
In 1999 Hopeless Records formally started supporting non-profit organizations through their Sub City imprint and Take Action initiatives. Since then the label has released over 30 charitable titles and donated over 1 million dollars to various non-profit organizations, of which over $450,000 was donated to longtime Take Action charity partner The Kristin Brooks Hope Center. Take Action 2008 will benefit Do Something by donating 10% of all ticket sales and 5% of the suggested retail price for each Take Action! Volume 7 compilation sold.
Hot Topic, the music lifestyle mall retailer (hottopic.com), is once again the title sponsor of the tour. Hot Topic is a natural fit, as they demonstrate a passion for music in everything they do. Since the inception of Take Action in 1999, Hot Topic has been an enthusiastic supporter of the Take Action cause, helping to educate millions of people to make a difference.
Tour Dates, additional bands, and information about Volume 7 of the Take Action Compilation will be released soon. The latest information can always be found at www.takeactiontour.com.