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What would you do if you had $10,000 to help increase awareness surrounding mental health and suicide prevention? Tell us and you could get a chance to make your vision a reality. The Sub City Songs That Saved My Life Grant, presented by Hopeless Records, is a $10,000 grant to help fund campaigns that benefit mental health and suicide prevention. Bands and fans can partner with their favorite charity to send us their ideas. Submit them by the October 12th deadline and you could win the money to bring your ideas to life! Think big and get ready to make a positive impact.

The Sub City Songs That Saved My Life Grant will be given to fans or bands partnering with a non-profit organization to create campaigns that benefit mental health and suicide awareness. See below who is eligible for the Sub City STSML Grant, how to submit your application, the timeline for submitting your grant application and how the grant winners are picked.


This year the Sub City Songs That Saved My Life will be awarded to campaigns that benefit mental health and suicide prevention charities. The STSML grant will be awarded to fans or bands partnering with a non-profit organization. Bands and fans can partner with 501C3 non-profit organizations to create a campaign which is eligible for the Sub City STSML Grant, provided the grant money is paid directly to the non-profit organization.


Bands and fans can submit an application on behalf of their favorite non-profit for their campaign/initiative to be funded in whole or in part through a Sub City STSML Grant by filling out the grant application form found HERE. Grant applications are reviewed by a designated group of grant reviewers following the submission deadline for each grant currently:

SUBMISSIONS OPEN: September 18, 2018

DEADLINE: October 12, 2018

In order to be considered, these campaigns/initiatives must go towards mental health and suicide prevention initiatives, and must be actionable within 6 months of the contest deadline.


A group of grant reviewers made up of Hopeless Staff, industry partners and cause experts review all the applications in order to pick the grant recipient. There are several criteria the grant reviewers use to rate each application including the following:

i) How much impact will be made by the campaign/initiative?

ii) Does the campaign/initiative incorporate bands, musicians and the power of music to make a difference?

iii) How likely is it that the campaign/initiative will be executed effectively?

iv) How passionate and committed are those leading the campaign/initiative?


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Meet last year’s APMAs Grant Winner

Cassie wilson and half access!

Half Access is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to making live music more accessible to the disabled community.

β€œThe Sub City grant gave me the opportunity to turn my advocacy into an organized movement for change. It opened doors for me to find others who are equally as passionate about diversity and inclusion."

-Cassie Wlson, Half Access

Half Access was founded by Cassie Wilson in Portland, OR in the spring of 2017 when Wilson was 18 years old. Wilson, now 20, is disabled and uses a wheelchair when attending concerts. After facing repeated discrimination at general admission venues for a few years, her frustration grew and she quickly realized nothing was going to change anytime soon. She turned that frustration into productive energy, and started Half Access. Soon after, she applied for the first ever, 2017 Sub City Alternative Press Music Awards Grant for $10,000 presented by Hopeless Records, and was the recipient of it. She accepted the award at the APMAs in July of 2017. Since then, Half Access has become an official 501(c)(3) non-profit.

Click the button to learn more about Half Access!