THE SONA FOUNDATION PARTNERS WITH BACKLINE TO LAUNCH THERAPY ASSISTANCE PROJECT (TAP)

THE SONA FOUNDATION PARTNERS WITH BACKLINE TO LAUNCH THERAPY ASSISTANCE PROJECT (TAP)

TAP supports songwriters and music creators living in the United States with financial assistance for mental health therapy

LOS ANGELES, CA, JUNE 5, 2024: Created by The SONA Foundation and spearheaded by songwriters Kay Hanley (Board Chair, The SONA Foundation) and Anne Preven (Board Vice-Chair, The SONA Foundation), TAP demystifies therapy, supports songwriters, and eliminates financial obstacles to mental health access. 

THE SONA FOUNDATION PARTNERS WITH BACKLINE TO LAUNCH THERAPY ASSISTANCE PROJECT (TAP)

The SONA Foundation is excited to announce the launch of TAP. Songwriters will be able to apply for grants up to $1500 that will be paid directly to the service provider. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and reviewed weekly. Each week, the Program Manager sends new applications stripped of identifying info to the TAP Grant review team.

To celebrate the launch of the TAP program, Anne Preven hosted a fundraising concert at her home in LA earlier this year that featured performances from supporting songwriters Tom MorelloWendy Melvoin and Nina Gordon. Guests also participated in a small silent auction that included a guitar signed by each iconic artist. The night was an amazing kickoff event for TAP that saw the SONAverse come together with passionate creators and guests to celebrate TAP and champion the importance of mental health.

THE SONA FOUNDATION PARTNERS WITH BACKLINE TO LAUNCH THERAPY ASSISTANCE PROJECT (TAP)
L-R: Arielle Silver, Kellie Brown, Tom Morello, Nina Gordon, Wendy Melvoin, Anne Preven, Michelle Lewis Photo Credit: Craig Uggerholt of Miles High Productions

Tom has also been a huge advocate about the importance of mental health in his philanthropic work and activism and has been committed to his support of TAP and The SONA Foundation.

“Mental health should be accessible to all.  And yet a lot of folks don’t know where to begin and don’t have insurance that covers the help they need. I am proud to support The SONA Foundation’s TAP grant program which offers financial assistance and mental health resources to music creators in need. – Tom Morello (GRAMMY-winning Singer/Songwriter)

The SONA Foundation has partnered with mental health provider Backline to connect songwriters in need of a therapist with Backline’s trusted network of mental health and wellness providers.

For all songwriters, regardless of TAP grant recipient status, The SONA Foundation facilitates initial connection with a Backline Case Manager to create a mental health plan based on location, needs, and financial resources.

Backline is so excited to partner with The SONA Foundation to provide care to songwriters through the new TAP Program. Songwriters are a critical piece of the music industry, but are often under-resourced which is why it’s so important that organizations like SONA and The SONA Foundation exist to advocate and support their livelihood and wellbeing. – Hilary Gleason (Executive Director, Backline

Learn more about applying for a TAP grant by visiting: sonafoundation.com/tap-grants

“It’s been such a blast to work alongside my friend Anne Preven in our new roles with The SONA Foundationand helping to launch the Therapy Assistance Project. In my 30 years as a professional songwriter, one of the most confounding challenges I’ve faced has been how to grapple with my mental health in an industry that has historically provided very little recognition – much less support – of the need for mental health care resources. Hat tip to Arielle Silver, Kellie Brown, and Michelle Lewis for shepherding this program to the finish line – I’m so proud of us!” – Kay Hanley (Board Chair, The SONA Foundation)

WHO

ABOUT THE SONA FOUNDATION

The SONA Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to providing

songwriters and composers with resources, support, and programs in mental health,

financial wellbeing, and career development to ensure healthy, fulfilling lives for all music

creators as they navigate the inevitable challenges and rewards of the music business.

CONNECT WITH THE SONA FOUNDATION

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ABOUT BACKLINE

Backline is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that connects music industry professionals and their families with mental health and wellness resources. We want to build a safer and more supportive music industry by helping our community access quality mental health care providers that understand this line of work.

CONNECT WITH BACKLINE

Website | Facebook | Instagram | X (Twitter) | YouTube

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