500 Songs For Kids Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is 500 Songs For Kids?
    500 Songs For Kids is one of the signature fundraisers of Songs For Kids Foundation, and one of the largest musician involved fundraisers in history, with over 1000 musicians participating each year. The event raises much needed funds for our year round programs with kids facing illness.
  2. What is Songs For Kids Foundation?
    Songs For Kids Foundation is a 501c3 non profit founded in 2007 which integrates musicians into the lives of kids facing illness both in and out of children's hospitals through live interactive concerts, hospital bedside performances and our Songs For Kids Records songwriting & recording program.
  3. How many songs do I/my band perform at 500 Songs For Kids?
    Each band performs one song.
  4. What do I bring with me?
    All electric guitars, electric basses, amps, pedal boards, drums and a stage piano are provided and will be waiting for you when you arrive! Our instruments and backline are top line gear, all played by the 1000+ musicians who grace the stage for this event each year. You should bring acoustic guitars, keyboards/synthesizers (for sounds other than piano), string/orchestral instruments, and other specialty instruments (mandolins, banjos, etc.).
  5. When does the event start and end and where does it take place?
    500 Songs For Kids 2017 dates and venues:
    March 24-25 at Smith's Olde Bar
    March 31-April 1 at Venkman's
    April 7-8 at Smith's Olde Bar
    April 14-15 at Smith's Olde Bar
    April 21-22 at Venkman's
    April 28-29 at Smith's Olde Bar
  6. How important is it that I promote this show?
    We need artists who are enthusiastic about the event and willing to help spread the word!
  7. Who has performed at 500 Songs For Kids over the years?
    Cee Lo, Janelle Monae, Zac Brown Band, Belle and Sebastian, Butch Walker, Patterson Hood & The Pack Of Lies (members of Drive By Truckers), Brent Hinds (Mastodon), Pete Yorn, MUTEMATH, Manchester Orchestra, Dead Confederate, Reptar, Gavin DeGraw, Arrested Development, Cracker, Edwin McCain, Peter Stroud and Tim Smith (Sheryl Crow Band), Brett Dennen, Meiko, Spike Neely (James Brown Band - Soul G's), Jett Beres And Ryan Newell (Sister Hazel), Q.Parker(112), Yacht Rock Revue, Shawn Mullins, Novel, Mason Jennings, Matt Thiessen (Relient K), Rachel Bolan (Skid Row), Sonia Leigh, Michelle Malone, Jesse Dupree (Jackyl), The Constellations, Dionne Farris, Angie Aparo, Francine Reed, Drivin' N' Cryin', Earl Klugh, Will Turpin (Collective Soul), Col. Bruce Hampton, Vanessa Hay (Pylon), Mark Olson (The Jayhawks), James Hall, Darryl Worley, Missy Higgins, Today The Moon, Tomorrow The Sun and many more!
  8. I see there is a fundraising element tied to participation?
    Each band gets a fundraising page tied to their performance. This takes under a minute to set up and it's very easy to post on your facebook page. These pages go a long, long way towards meeting our fundraising goals. Hundreds of bands use them successfully each year. These pages alone help pay for hundreds of our performances with kids.
  9. Is there a sound check?
    No. There is a quick line check of instruments and away we go! We've been doing this for a long time and the performances have always sounded great!
  10. Is there a sound person?
    Yes, and they are always quite good!
  11. You emailed my band a specific song you want us to perform, but we absolutely hate it. BUT, we would still love to perform. Can we?
    Yes, but please let us know very soon after you receive the initial invitation. Simply reply to the initial email you received and say you would like a different song. Unfortunately, we can't have too much back and forth but can usually accommodate a song change.
  12. How much does it cost to get in? Is there a guest list?
    The event is "pay what you want" and while we want to be inclusive to everyone, we hope each attendee makes a donation at the donor, which usually averages to $10 per person. There is no guest list.
  13. How do we know our band is officially confirmed for the event?
    If we've sent you an email invitation, and you've completed all of the steps for confirmation listed in the email, simply respond to the email invitation saying that "you're confirmed" and you are good to go. You will receive follow up emails to answer all questions as we get closer to the event date.
  14. You assigned my band a song to perform at a venue on a specific date, but what time of night do we play?
    Your stage time will be emailed to you so you can adequately promote between 10-14 days beforehand.
  15. My kids would love to play, can they?
    Absolutely! We love having kids perform at 500 Songs For Kids, however our application MUST be filled out by an adult over the age of 18. Please specify which members of the band are kids and list their ages and their parent/guardian info as you fill out the online application.
  16. I'm pumped about being involved, how do we begin?
    If you haven't already, please click here and fill out the quick submission form.
  17. If I fill out this form does it guarantee I will get to play?
    Unfortunately, based on how many submissions we receive we do our best but can't guarantee slots for everyone. If you receive an invitation, please reply as soon as possible to confirm your slot in 500 Songs For Kids.

Thank you for your interest in the event!