1. Does the artist and/or record label have to give up their rights to the song in order to be part of the compilations?
answer: Absolutely not! All that the artist is doing is giving Abrazos or Firework permission to feature their song in a not-for-profit compilation, retaining all rights to their song. That simple.
2. Where does the money go?
answer: www.cancerbenefit.org wants to make the biggest impact possible in helping to find a cure to breast cancer (via Abrazos) and osteosarcoma (via Firework). Currently the beneficiaries are: The Breast Cancer Research Foundation and the Liddy Shriver Sarcoma Initiative (osteosarcoma). We believe in total transparency: our finances spreadsheet is available upon request.
3. How much does each song generate?
answer: This depends on which store and whether the song is being purchased for download or streamed. To use an example of the most popular store, however, for every $0.99 song sold at the iTunes store, Apple keeps roughly $0.30 and the rest goes to www.cancerbenefit.org. We do not have a lot of overhead, so once we cover website hosting costs, digital distribution costs, promotional campaigns and album cover art, all the money generated is donated to the charities outlined above. The nice aspect of this concept is that compilations continue to generate money long after they are released.
4. Why do you not release the compilations on physical CDs?
answer: We did at first. In fact, Abrazos 2005, 2006 and 2007 all have been released on CD as well as digitally. The reality, however, is that manufacturing CDs is very expensive, and the vast majority of our sales of those editions were digital downloads, so CDs did not make practical sense for us. We want most of the money to go to cancer research, not overhead. HOWEVER, Amazon does offer a service where people can have a one-off CD created for them, so donors who absolutely want a physical CD can get one via that service.
5. Must the song be previously unreleased?
answer: The song does not HAVE to be previously unreleased, but it certainly makes for a more compelling compilation, as the fans get access to a song they do not already own. We love the idea of bringing a song out into the spotlight that might have been waiting patiently in the sidelines. In a way, www.cancerbenefit.org also rescues songs. :)
6. Which artists have participated in compilations so far?
answer: We are incredibly lucky and thankful to have featured many gifted and wonderful artists including:
Howard Jones (RIAA multi Platinum certified artist, #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for 'No One is to Blame', #1 on the U.S. adult contemporary chart, 9 hits in the Billboard US Hot 100 chart, 2 hits in the Top 10)
Glen Philips (RIAA multi Platinum certified artist with Toad the Wet Sprocket, #1 on the Billboard US Modern Rock chart for 'Fall Down', four hits on the Billboard US Hot 100 chart)
Veruca Salt (RIAA Gold record certified artists for 'American Thighs', 3 albums on the Billboard 200 chart, 2 hits, 'Seether' and 'Volcano Girls' on the Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart)
Nina Gordon (RIAA Gold record certified artist with Veruca Salt, 'Tonight and the Rest of My Life' solo record on the Billboard 200 chart, 'Tonight and the Rest of My Life' song featured on hit movies 'Chocolat' and 'The Notebook')
Adam Cohen (son of Leonard Cohen, co-wrote "Lullaby in Blue", a song about a woman who gave up a child for adoption for Bette Midler who recorded it for her album Bathhouse Betty, 3 charting hit songs in the U.S.)
Civil Twilight (one album on the Billboard 200 chart, 3 hits on the Billboard U.S. Alternative Songs chart, 'Letters from the Sky' peaked at #7).
Sleeping At Last (featured on TV shows 'Grey's Anatomy', 'Private Practice' and 'Bones' as well as on the film 'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn', the song "In the Embers" from the album Atlas: Light, was used by TCM television network (Turner Classic Movies) as the soundtrack for the 2013 version of "TCM Remembers," their annual tribute to those who died during the year. )
Tyler Hilton (one album on the Billboard 200 chart, three albums on the U.S. Top Heatseekers chart, 'Forget the Storm' peaking at #2, Hilton played in 2007 the love interest in country music artist Taylor Swift's music video for her song "Teardrops on My Guitar")
Jen Trynin ('Better Than Nothing' charted on Billboard Modern Rock Tracks #15, Mainstream Rock Tracks #40 and Billboard Hot 100 #74)
The Gufs featuring Rob Thomas ('Holiday From You' album peaked at #33 on the Billboard magazine Top Heatseekers chart)
Fisher ('I Will Love You' hit #36 on the Billboard Adult Top 40 chart in 2000. "Breakable" was featured in a 2002 episode of Smallville. Their songs have been download over 3 million times from different sources online)
Forty Foot Echo
Jamie Lynn Noon
plus many more!