Spare the Rock Records, formed in 2010, has released three albums, all benefit albums. As of the end of 2013, the label has donated over $100,000 in proceeds.
Science Fair, released on July 3, 2012, features eighteen exclusive tracks — all sung by women and girls — themed around and benefiting science and engineering education for girls (via Girls Inc.). The album features new music from artists including Mates of State, Laura Veirs, Moona Luna (Pistolera‘s kids’ music incarnation), Elizabeth Mitchell, Frances England, Wunmi, Babe the Blue Ox, and many more. It was produced by Elizabeth Mitchell, Molly Ledford, Dean Jones, and me.
Keep Hoping Machine Running, co-produced by Jeff Giles, marks Woody Guthrie’s 100th birthday. It is a digital-only compilation featuring new performances of classic Woody Guthrie songs from artists including Caspar Babypants, the Okee Dokee Brothers, Little Miss Ann, Dan Zanes, Brady Rymer, Uncle Rock, Christina Marrs, Dean Jones, Frances England, and many more. It benefits the Woody Guthrie Foundation.
Many Hands: Family Music for Haiti, released in 2010 in response to the devastating earthquake in Haiti, has raised over $60,000 for Haitian relief. Featuring 22 tracks, most recorded exclusively for the effort, the record was recognized as one of the finest releases of the year by many sources; Amazon.com called it the best family CD of the year, period. It benefits the Haitian People’s Support Project.