Phoenix Heavy Metal Scene Takes A Stand For Underfunded School Music Programs

Top Quote The Dead of Winter Fest is looking for sponsors for the 2nd annual festival. End Quote
  • Phoenix-Mesa, AZ (1888PressRelease) August 14, 2015 - Paul Sokol, a local philanthropist, partnered up with Club Red's Paul Benson and late local producer Griffin Kolinski earlier this year to create a two day music festival to benefit underfunded local school music programs. The Dead of Winter Fest, a heavy metal festival, was held January 2nd & 3rd at Club Red in Mesa with over 20 bands performing for a few hundred local music fans. The idea was to use the festival as a fund raising event for Sokol's charity, Keep Children Rockin, which provides equipment donations to underfunded elementary and middle school music programs.

    "Public school budgets are being slashed all over, and this forces cornered administrators to cut arts programs," Sokol said. "Particularly music programs. If this keeps happening and nobody does anything, in a few generations everything is going to be talk radio because there aren't any new young musicians. I stand for young kids learning about music at school and that's why I created Keep Children Rockin!"

    As a result of the 2015 festival, Keep Children Rockin was able to donate to Whittier Elementary's music program:
    50 bass clarinet reeds
    12 bottles of valve oil
    A full set of handbells

    Thanks to the caring nature of the local heavy metal community, Mrs. Ash's music class has enough spare supplies to last for at least a semester or two!

    Preparations are being made for the Dead of Winter Fest 2016 which will also generate donations for Keep Children Rockin. The goal of this festival is to generate $2,500 to be used with three local schools that need music equipment and supplies.

    A very limited number of sponsorship spots for the 2016 festival are still available as of this press release. These will go fast! For more information, you need to call Paul Sokol at (941) 322-7221 immediately OR download our sponsorship packet from

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