Saturday, September 26 2015 21:27

Doing Good: The Sound Foundation Rock Scholarship could use your support...

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In Dallas, Texas, there's a special place called THE SOUND FOUNDATION - a music school that helps prepare young students for all facets of the music business. Run by Norman Matthew Pangle, whose band, MURDER FM, I first wrote about several years ago while working for another publication, The Sound Foundation covers everything from artist development to recording instruction. Norman is a fellow "Rock Father," and much as becoming a parent changed and re-shaped my own life, the birth of Norman's son did the same for him - really placing a focus on giving back, and The Sound Foundation has become that outlet. Over the past few years, people have taken notice of Norman's work with The Sound Foundation, and this past January he was featured in FORD Tough's GOOD WORKS. Check out the video below...

Now comes The Sound Foundation Rock Scholarship, a new initiative that seeks to "help give those who don't have the financial resources a chance to chase their dreams, develop their inner artist and grow with a musical mentor in the musical and loving community that is The Sound Foundation family." Through IndieGoGo, The Sound Foundation is seeking your help - with every donation set to help young artists in some way, shape or form. 

Perks include compilation CDs, t-shirts, and even acoustic performances from DROWNING POOL guitarist C.J. Pierce, or Norman Matthew Pangle himself. There's even an autographed guitar up for grabs!

To learn more and get involved (I tossed in a few bucks myself), check out The Sound Foundation Rock Scholarship on IndieGoGo.

James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

Zahn and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, CBS, GCTN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, MarketWatch, Reuters, BusinessWire, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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