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About Sub City


Over 2.5 million dollars raised

In 1999 we at Hopeless Records got the crazy idea that if we gave bands and their fans the opportunity to connect their talent and passion with causes that were important to them we could make a positive impact through music. Sub City is run by the Hopeless Records team and we look to incorporate a charity component into as much of what we do as possible. At Sub City, we don't believe many peoples' misconception that our new generation is just lazy and avoiding real life issues such as getting "real jobs"; we believe bands and their fans are out changing the world by taking action. With your continued participation in our various fundraisers, tours, grants, releases and other events we are able to illustrate how we can all make a difference together regardless of age, socioeconomic status, physical ability or any other factor.



Sub City Grant:
Now on its third year, the Sub City Songs That Save My Life Grant is a chance for bands and fans to partner up with with 501C3 non-profit organizations to create an eligible campaign that benefits mental health and suicide prevention charities. To find out more about the grant and the application process, head over to our grant page here.

Songs That Saved My Life:
Songs That Saved My Life is a brand centered around music and that benefits mental health and suicide prevention charities. Everyone has music that helped them through a tough time. Songs That Saved My Life looks to engage current artists with cover versions of those songs and share those stories with the world. With four key initiatives - compilations and singles, videos, playlists, and merch - STSML focuses on diminishing the stigma around mental health and sharing the stories of how music has impacted our community. Currently, this project benefits Crisis Text Line, Hope For The Day, The Trevor Project, and To Write Love On Her Arms. To learn more about STSML, check out the website here.

Sub City Studios:
Working alongside New Directions for Youth, a dynamic non-profit in North Hollywood that serves high-risk youth and families, we have created a recording studio for youth to come and learn more about the music creating process, production, recording, and more. Due to the generosity of donors such as Hopeless Records, Fender and SJC, this learning opportunity will be free for the kids of our community, and should be opening up in Fall 2019!


past Charity Partners

Foundation Fighting Blindness  |  A Place Called Home | Kristin Brooks Hope Center  | Do Something  |  Crittenton Services  |  Driving For Donors  |  Hot Topic Foundation  |  It Gets Better Project  |  Living The Dream Foundation  |  Sex Etc  |  New Directions For Youth  |  Art City  |  Reach Out  |  Mount Carmel Clinic  |  Project MuszEd  |  Radiation and Public Health  |  Purple Berets  |  Pepperdine University STAKE Scholarship  |  Orangewood PALS  |  Plea For Peace Foundation  |  Prison Radio  |  Mr. Holland's Opus  |  MS Service Society  |  Berkeley Free Clinic  |  Women's Justice Center  |  Positive Images  |  New Day Youth and Family Services  |  Schools For Chiapas  |  H.E.A.R.  |  Diana Price Fish Foundation  |  The Ruckus Society  |  Any Positive Change  |  Toys for Tots  |  Debi Zuver Defense Fund  |  People's Emergency Center  |  Adoption Advocates