Incubus: $10K to Rock the Earth

Incubus Donates $10,000 to Rock the Earth

Rock the Earth, the Denver-based environmental advocacy and defense organization that draws support from musicians and their fans, has received a grant from the alternative rock band Incubus for its ongoing promotion of environmental awareness at concerts and festivals across the U.S. The $10,000 donation from Incubus's Make Yourself Foundation, not only is the largest single donation the organization has received to date, but is the second grant of note within the last two months. In November 2007, Bonnie Raitt's Aria Foundation also donated money to the three-year-old organization. The Incubus grant will have a significant impact on Rock the Earth's overall outreach efforts this summer.

The grant from the Make Yourself Foundation will help RTE reach their goal of a 50% increase in education, advocacy, and outreach at concerts and events within the next year. Of the several objectives targeted this year, upgrading existing call-to-action materials and exhibits to supply four booths used across the country simultaneously and expanding volunteer management and training programs will be a top priority. The organization also plans to name an outreach coordinator to manage the anticipated 240 dates and events mapped for the coming year.

Founded in 2002 by environmental attorney Marc Ross, Rock The Earth has engaged in over two dozen projects to protect endangered environmental resources and natural spaces, earned loyalty and support from more than 2,000 members in all 50 states, and developed and expanded the relationships in the music industry. Through education and advocacy programs, as well as legal and technical assistance, Rock The Earth strives to be the voice through which the music community speaks for the environment.

Outreach and advocacy takes place at concerts and festivals across the U.S., as fans are informed, engaged, and given the opportunity to get involved. Over the years, Rock the Earth has received grants and donations from artists such as Jack Johnson, Bonnie Raitt, The Mark Vann Foundation, the String Cheese Incident, The Rex Foundation, and Michael Franti. In addition, Dave Matthews, Bon Jovi, the Allman Brothers, Ozzfest and numerous other artists have assisted the organization by allowing them to have a presence at concerts and donated both music and auction items to help the grassroots organization raise additional funding toward their program activities. Their assistance has enabled Rock the Earth to take action to address environmental threats in the Grand Canyon, the Northwest Hawaiian Islands, and a number of other locations around the nation.

The Make Yourself Foundation, which has raised over one million dollars to date, is a registered non-profit organization that funds various causes and charities both locally and around the world. The band funds the foundation by donating a portion of the proceeds generated from touring, record royalties, online auctions of Incubus concert tickets and memorabilia, and special events. Says front man Brandon Boyd, "We are honored and grateful to be doing this, and we are certain that with the participation of everyone and our wonderfully supportive fans that we will succeed in this first of what will be many goals in the future. One person working diligently alone can do wonders, but many people working harmoniously together can accomplish worlds. Thank you."

[Published on: 2/7/08]

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Shmo-Kaine Thu 2/7/2008 12:06PM
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That's nice that they gave money to a good cause. But in all honesty I don't think that they have put out anything great since "s.c.i.e.n.c.e.". "Make yourself" was the begining of the end for me.

deadphish001 starstarstarstarstar Thu 2/7/2008 12:12PM
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That's great news!

Rock the Earth is a great cause lead by super stoked individuals, doing a awesome job of making a difference and having a blast while doing it.

Lord-K. starstarstarstarstar Thu 2/7/2008 12:43PM
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Shmo-Kinn is correct but S.C.I.E.N.C.E. still is a dope album, great to see artists trying to make a difference

NickBoeka Thu 2/7/2008 12:52PM
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yeah Marc! Great organization, great cause, great bunch of folks running and support it.

moejoerisin Thu 2/7/2008 12:54PM
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quite the write-up.. all good things, though. and yes, incubus' older stuff, and even some newer, is good stuff. these guys met on phish tour..

gmoo Thu 2/7/2008 01:02PM
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Does it matter how good their music is? 'It's nice that they gave money but...'. Is that really necessary on this thread?

wetchabs starstarstarstarstar Thu 2/7/2008 01:09PM
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Mad love for Incubus donating money to a great cause. I signed up with them to be a volunteer for Rock the Earth at Bonnaroo last year. They had a nice setup at that festival and I ran into them again at the Allman Brothers show at Pine Knob in Detroit. Thanks Incubus.

sleewell Thu 2/7/2008 01:10PM
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exactly, who cares when their last good album was. they are people donating to a good cause, plain and simple. leave it at that and go out do something positive with your time.

sleewell Thu 2/7/2008 01:11PM
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exactly, who cares when their last good album was. they are people donating to a good cause, plain and simple. leave it at that and go out do something positive with your time.

BRabbit Thu 2/7/2008 01:13PM
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good job incubus. i love mother earthhhhhhh

schofizzl Thu 2/7/2008 01:35PM
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i agree there''s no cause for anything negative to be said about incubus here. they kick ass, they donate to good causes, and just for the record A Crow Left Of the Murder is fantastic.

KCReb Thu 2/7/2008 02:44PM
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Come on guys - this IS a music site. No need to bash on shmo for saying his opinion on the band. He gave props for their good deed first and foremost. I was pretty curious myself to what everyone on the site still thought of Incubus.

YEMolly starstarstarstarstar Thu 2/7/2008 04:21PM
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Props to Incubus!!! I think "Morning View" is a phenomenal CD!!!! Much better than S.C.I.E.N.C.E (IMO). Their newest CD is decent too-wouldn't go so far as to say it's great, but it's okay. These guys rock.

pornofunk starstarstarstarstar Thu 2/7/2008 06:45PM
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YEMolly, you havent listened to SCIENCE then.....morning views cool if your in a training bra and watching TRL

Fungus amungus & SCience was INCUBUS at the top of their game hands down

Gille starstarstarstarstar Fri 2/8/2008 12:44PM
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For me the definitive Incubus album was Fungus amungus. Never got to see these guys live, hope I can some day. Good article about a really good band.

phi2thelip starstarstarstarstar Sat 2/9/2008 01:03PM
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incubus live is incredible... they jam, mike eizenger can shred with the best... would be a lot better headliner than REM, beastie boys, 311, metallica, and pearl jam.

YEMolly Mon 2/11/2008 02:19PM
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PornoFunk- I'd have to disagree with on on that. Considering all of Incubus' radio hits were on "Make Yourself," I'm gonna have to say that you've confused "Make Yourself" with "Morning View." People who watch TRL couldn't name one song off "Morning View," while they could probably name several off "Make Yourself," so I'm not sure where that came from. S.C.I.E.N.C.E is just too hard for my taste (must be b/c I wear a training bra, though; it couldn't possibly be because people have different taste in things).

pornofunk starstarstarstarstar Tue 2/12/2008 05:49PM
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^ you said "Morning view was great" I say "your smoking crack" no confusion -

If you want to compare the albums ( like some were above our posts ) i would say that Fungus amungus and SCIENCE were incubus at their best which they were creativity wise and everything, MTV got ahold of them on Make yourself and told brandon to take his shirt off + cater to MTV's target audience (13 year olds) = sold out incubus

I understand what you like and if it puts you to bed at night awesome....but man Incubus was soooo much better before MTV dangled million in front of their faces.

-all im saying is I think BoyZ2men wrote brandons lyrics from Morningview on

Training Bra's WOop Woop

still friends?

pornofunk starstarstarstarstar Tue 2/12/2008 05:50PM
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btw even if the band as a whole sucks now....mike E will always tear it up, he's one of the best things that ever happened to that band

schofizzl Tue 2/12/2008 11:48PM
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hey don't forget DJ kilmore.. i'd love to jam some bass with that dude he's pretty fresh.

abrocks22 Tue 2/19/2008 02:41PM
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Thats so nice of them to donate to such a great cause! - Amber B., UMGD