Josh Homme, frontman for Queens of the Stone Age, has teamed up with members of Paramore and Jimmy Eat World to launch a charity for musicians with illnesses and disabilities.
The charity is called The Sweet Stuff Foundation and though it was founded in 2013, it only launched recently, according to NME. The foundation will be auctioning off items to raise money over the next few months, including an autographed guitar from the Grammy Awards.
The press release from the charity’s launch says: “The mission of The Sweet Stuff Foundation is to help our musical community and their families with the vital elements often overlooked during periods of illness and disability. Things like transportation to medical treatment, assistance with childcare and tuition, income assistance, the ‘last wishes’ of a lifetime, and special treatments not covered by insurance.”
In addition to the assistance mentioned above, the foundation will be heavily focused on the healing properties of music and music education. It will provide assistance for music lessons, instruments and musical collaborations for kids.
In October 2014, Queens of the Stone Age played a Halloween show with former QotSA bassist Nick Oliveri. Also in fall 2014, the band released video of their full sets from both their Movistar Concert and their 2014 Reading Festival performance. Dean Fertita, keyboardist and pianist for the group, also filled in on Jack White’s tour after the death of Isaiah “Ikey” Owens.
Paramore will be touring the United States in April and May, including a stop at Alabama’s 2015 Hangout Music Festival. Jimmy Eat World toured in 2014, with their last stop being Club Nokia in Los Angeles.