The short answer is yes.
We are registered with the IRS as religious, not-for-profit entity. However, because of the way Christians have treated others poorly and with condemnation, we feel the need to explain why a little more.
You can review our beliefs and why we do what we do here.
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Jake and Ben both have numerous tattoos, but Nate has chosen to abstain in the meantime. We support organizations like STAPAW (Support Tattoos and Piercings at Work) because we believe a person’s outward appearance shouldn’t dictate their acceptance or be their resume for work.
Many people view it as a religious issue, and there are several arguments for or against a tattoo. In terms of Christianity, some people believe they were regulations pertaining to health under God’s old covenant and no longer apply under New Testament laws of grace in the Bible. Other people believe they should abstain. Even Muslims are split on the issue! We encourage each person to research and make informed decisions not just on religious basis but also based on potential health issues or concerns. We shouldn’t be the entity that decides if you get a tattoo or not. That should be your decision.
Beginning in the 1980’s many well-intentioned people (as well as the government) linked metal music to Satanic Panic, due to the aggressive style of music being played and themes that dealt with topics many people weren’t comfortable with. Because of the way many dressed and stigma associated with the genre, it was assumed that if you listened to metal, you inadvertently worshiped Satan. At the same time, many new rap groups emerged (NWA, Wu Tang Clan, Snoop Dogg, Beastie Boys) exploring themes in their music the populace wasn’t comfortable addressing either. Because metal dealt with the angst, pain, and hopelessness we can each experience in life, whereas rap dealt with issues of systemic injustice and racial profiling, the metal genre’s stigma was linked to extreme violence and satanic cult rituals.
Within the metal industry, it is true that many flock to metal and hardcore as a place to release their anger, but is not true that a style of music is evil simply because of the way it sounds. Imagine if pop music was suddenly labeled satanic. That would be absurd.
At HeartSupport, it is important to note that we recognize no difference between the sacred and the secular. If God created the universe (as we believe) then he would have had to create music. What people do with music is up to them. What people do with food is also their decision. It can be used for good, or it can be detrimental. People can use a style of music to build people up, or to tear them down.
To label a certain style of music and people as “evil” or “satanic” is purely ignorant. To label music as Christian is misinformed as well. Music doesn’t have a soul, so therefore it cannot be “Christian.” It is merely a song that talks about God or it does not. But even songs that don’t talk about God can often point to something that resonates deep within our soul that can be an imprint of the divine.
We believe many of the themes in metal point to something greater, but also know there are many inside the industry lost and without hope. To write off an entire genre, simply because one would view it as evil, is, in itself, is a gross evil. It teaches people that those we view too far gone or different than us aren’t worth befriending and helping. We would rather be a light in dark places than write off our fellow man.
You’ve probably noticed we’ve partnered with other organizations. These have been long and ongoing mutual relationships in which each group has brought certain abilities, resources, finances, or talents that benefit both HeartSupport and the other organization.
That being said, if you are an organization looking to partner with us, please send your pitch along with incentives, vision and mission of the organization, and specifics of the partnership to [email protected]. Partnership DOES NOT mean we just like the work that one another does, but we’re actively involved in giving back towards one another.
If you are an individual looking for a financial donation (examples include mission trips, school projects, a friend’s health care costs) or you want us to use our social media to support your cause, we unfortunately, have to decline. Due to the amount of individual requests, were we to oblige to everyone we would have no money and our social media would simply be a playground for people asking others to support their cause as opposed to promoting the mission we are after at hand. We promise this doesn’t mean we don’t like you or think you or your cause is not important, but we have to stay true to our mission as well and believe that if you work hard and put in the effort toward your mission, you’ll knock it out of the park without our help.
The short answer is no.
Early on, August Burns Red asked that we keep HeartSupport and the band separate as to not blur the lines. Granted the band has been fully supportive, but HeartSupport is not August Burns Red, nor do we pretend to know the in’s and out’s of the music industry.
Jake does not want to blur the lines either between what his band does and what he’s doing here at HeartSupport. Yes, we want to partner with musicians, but those that specifically want to bring awareness about addiction, hurt, and struggles to the forefront. The focus isn’t their music, but how to help their fans.
Many bands have asked to use our logo in their music videos, wear our clothing on stage, or hand out cards or information at their shows. We love hearing they want to help their fans and carry the message.
If you’re a touring band and would like to partner with our efforts, please contact Heather Griffith at [email protected] and pitch how you’d like to carry our message on your tour or do a video interview.
Yes! Part of how we raise awareness and fundraise for the organization is through speaking. In order to book a speaker for your event please have the person in charge of the event fill out the Speaker’s Event Request Form on the following page:
HeartSupport is still lean, mean, and growing. Sometimes we have job openings you can check out here. If there are no job openings then we encourage you to get involved with our mission and join THE CORE (our volunteer team) which you can do by clicking here. One reason we encourage people to try volunteering before applying for a job is that you may realize during the volunteer process that heartsupport just isn’t the place for you, and that’s okay. We want you in a job you’re completely passionate about, and if heartsupport isn’t a win for you, then it wouldn’t be a win for us either.
Another reason to join the volunteer team first is that we often identify candidates that suit the essential needs of the company and pull from that pool first as they have often proved themselves. We want to be up front and let you know that the whole hiring process is rather lengthy. Each applicant is reviewed, extensively put through multiple interviews, and brought before our Board of Directors who then vote.
We currently don’t have the infrastructure to do internships and only have volunteer opportunities available. As a new organization we’re still growing and expanding and currently don’t have anyone to oversee or cultivate such opportunities. Perhaps in the future this will be something we approach, and if so, we’ll announce it.
We encourage people to share their stories on our community support wall. This helps others hear their story and receive positive affirmation while letting others know they’re not alone and that each story is unique.
In regards to writing for the blog, we do accept guest submissions as we’re always looking for new bloggers. However, we have an extremely high standard and often turn people down. The reason why is that our blog is one of the most read pages on our site and is key to encouraging others in their journey. We’re searching for gifted writers and communicators with clear grammatical skills. If that’s you, then we encourage you to send us your blog to [email protected] with the subject “Potential Writer/Blog for HeartSupport.”
If you hear back from us, it means your blog has been selected. If not, then please don’t take it personally. As we said, we have a high standard and have even turned down other gifted writers in the past that have gone on to start amazing blogs and websites other people read. The blog may just not fit our audience or there may be numerous other factors. Either way, keep writing and chasing your passion or simply share it on our community wall for others to be encouraged.
ABSOLUTELY! In fact, we have quite a few partnerships with some amazing organizations. You can find out more by clicking the button below.