5 Reasons to Sign Up for The Team Up Email List Now!


We’ve got something special cooking later this month and our newsletter is your exclusive pass to join the party.

Here are 5 reasons to sign up for the Team Up newsletter list now:

  • Exclusive, Team Up private events – The Team Up email list members get first access to special, private events with nonprofits and bands.
  • Gigs4Good artist announcements and ticket pre-sales – The Team Up family gets access before anyone else.
  • The inside scoop on local non-profit partners and events
  • A recap of the most popular content on the site.
  • Invites to Meetups with the Team Up Team. Happy hour anybody?

Signing up is easy! Just fill out the form on the homepage and you’re done!


Team up with us in 2014!

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It’s already the time of year to think of New Year’s resolutions. If you’ve been thinking about ways to make a difference in your community but don’t know where to start—look no further than Team Up for Nonprofits!

We’re a 100% volunteer-run organization, and we can only continue to build capacity for nonprofits with the time commitment of talented and dedicated individuals like you.

Volunteering with Team Up is a phenomenal experience because:

  • Giving back feels good. It’s a simple as that. You will help spread the word about awesome nonprofits so that they can grow their reach and mission.
  • It’s a unique opportunity to hang out with an awesome group of Team Up veterans, Seattle music industry folks and local nonprofits representatives.
  • You don’t have to commit time to one nonprofit. We work with a group of unique nonprofits, touching a number of organizations with diverse missions.
  • There’s opportunity to build your resume with special and rare experiences. We function like a start-up – we have to be scrappy, savvy, and smart about every decision we make, and we have minimal resources.
  • Where else can you get a behind-the-scenes look at coordinating cool music concerts and what motivates people to attend benefit events?

There are endless volunteering opportunities in 2014.

Development Director – Board Position (10-20 hours/month)

The Development Director is responsible for seeking out and managing potential donors/sponsors, grants, and other strategic partners for Team Up well as the Gigs4Good program. The Development Director leads a subcommittee in creating criteria for levels of sponsorship, editing and managing the sponsorship presentation packet, and gathering metrics for post-event follow up. This person is a key player in building relationships and coordinating with each selected donor before, during, and after the Gigs4Good and other (fundraising) events.

Volunteers – all levels of experience welcome!

A volunteer requires less of a time commitment and we welcome people with little to no experience with volunteering. We just ask for a couple hours of your time each month. There are a few specific positions where we need help, but don’t hesitate to suggest other areas as well:

  • Social media community managers – supporting the frequent posting of content that informs and inspires our communities on owned social media properties:
  1. Facebook
  2. Twitter
  3. Pinterest
  4. Instagram
  5. YouTube
  • Website manager – taking the lead on reimaging and rebuilding our website as well as making content updates before each of our Gigs4Good concerts. WordPress, CSS and HTML experience required. Knowledge of WordPress optimization. Good understanding of ways to implement template updates for web and mobile. Ability to provide applicable SEO
  • Advertising manager – working with local press and organizations to secure ad placements
  • Blogger – writing short posts about nonprofits doing cool things, the best upcoming concerts, nonprofit events, organizations and people using social for good, etc.
  • Event calendar updates – submitting details about our Gigs4Good concerts and other events to online calendars on news sites and blogs.
  • Fundraising – supporting the Development Director (see description above) with securing and managing sponsorships.
  • Street team – becoming a formal ambassador for Team up by posting posters for the Gigs4Goods and developing and managing swag that can be sold at events.
  • Video production – this year, we’d like to create a “hero” video to tell our story. This video would be used in sponsorship pitches to win over the hearts of potential sponsors.

If you are interested in joining us in 2014, please send us a note at info (at) teamupfornonprofits (dot) org

We look forward to working with you!

Feathers, Riffs & Sweet Melodies: Our Recap of Last Week’s Gigs4Good

Nearly filling the Tractor Tavern in Ballard last Thursday, over 200 Seattleites helped Team Up for Nonprofits celebrate a successful year of supporting Seattle-area nonprofits. Together, we raised thousands of dollars so that Team Up can continue to build capacity for nonprofits in 2014 via its Gigs4Good benefit concert series and other services.

Bands Motopony, Big Sur and Bigfoot Wallace & His Wicked Sons rocked the house! All three with unique styles, they captivated the crowd, kept us dancing and singing, and wowed us with guitar riffs, feathers and sweet melodies.

Big Sur showed us how to rock out folk style and Bigfoot Wallace was so loud and energetic, we’re sure they woke up anyone living within a mile of the Tractor. Then, Motopony saged the room to pass on positive vibes to the crowd and eventually turned on a smoke machine for an added effect. Their eclectic sound and eerie talent were mesmerizing.


Gigs4Good sponsors Flywheel and Proletariat were on site sharing their fine services. Flywheel had coordinated a promo code for use of its mobile cab-hailing app and show attendees were thrilled about the deal. Our friends at Proletariat donated a portion of their keg wine sales to Team Up. Let me tell you, show-goers were impressed with that fact that the delicious wine came from a keg and tap – very cool!

Before Motopony went on to close out the night, Team Up founder Ryan Hodgson thanked the crowed and welcomed Team Up volunteers to the stage. From there, one of our volunteers, Andrea, snapped this shot of your 200+ smiling faces.

A huge thank you and shoutout to everyone who came out & helped make last night a success. Keep following us and we'll see you next year. #seattlesounds #pnwlove #musicscene #musiclover #listen #gigs4good #music #seattlescene #inspire #philanthropy #instagood #instagive

Thank you to everyone who attended the Gigs4Good last week and for helping us celebrate another successful year!

We are in the beginning stages of planning Gigs4Goods and other events for 2014. If you are interested in volunteering with or sponsoring Team Up for Nonprofits, please reach out to us at info @ teamupfornonprofits.org.

We’ll be posting more information soon about open volunteer positions – we’re in need of several skillsets (mainly development, web dev and communications) and are always looking for talented people who want to dedicate their time helping our local community.

Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!

Stop by @teamup4nonprof event, get a free guitar pick and listen to some bomb music for a great cause! #gigs4good #seattle #ballard #vscocam #flywheel

Connect for a Cause TONIGHT: Join Team Up’s #TweetMob at 6pm. Your Tweets Make a Difference!

Do you think you can make a difference with a Tweet? We do!  Team Up invites you to join our #TweetMob Tuesday, November, 12 between 6pm and 6:30pm PT on Twitter. If you haven’t heard of our TweetMob before, think of it as a Flash Mob where we all get to take over Twitter for half an hour (dancing is optional) to create buzz for the upcoming #Gigs4Good.  Let’s spread awareness about our Gigs4Good program through the power of social media.


G4G17_Poster_SponsorsDuring a TweetMob we share about everyone involved with Gigs4Good – from participating bands to our generous sponsors FlywheelSturtevants Sports and The Stranger.  Proceeds from this benefit show will go directly towards our Gigs4Good program efforts in 2014. If you believe in the power of music and want to help Seattle nonprofits, share a Tweet, buy a ticket or make a friendly online donation.

Don’t miss the show this Thursday at the Tractor Tavern!  Grab tickets and prepare to rock out to incredible local bands: Bigfoot Wallace, Big Sur and headliner, Motopony.


@TeamUp4NonProf  |  @motopony  |  @BigSurMusic |  @Flywheel_SEA  |  @sturtevantsport  |  @SEAshows  |  @TractorTavern

Ticket link: http://bit.ly/G4G17t

Facebook event page: http://bit.ly/G4G17f


All you have to do to participate is post Tweets that elevate and celebrate Gigs4Good! We’ve provided Click-to-Tweet links below, but if you’re feeling crafty, post an original tweet using the #Gigs4Good and #TweetMob hashtags. Every Tweet, reTweet or Facebook share, will bring good to our community – YOU do make a difference, so join our mob, connect for a cause and share a Tweet!

Help me make a difference with a Tweet tonight! Join @TeamUp4NonProf’s #TweetMob  bit.ly/G4G17tm #Gigs4Good

I’m attending @TeamUp4NonProf’s #Gigs4Good this Thursday @TractorTavern w/  @Motopony @BigSurMusic bit.ly/G4G17t #TweetMob

Want to give back to the community? Grab ticket to @TeamUp4NonProf #Gigs4Good Thurs, 11/14 @TractorTavern bit.ly/G4G17t #TweetMob

.@TeamUp4NonProf has given a stage and audience to 50+ local music groups and 12 nonprofits bit.ly/TUevent #TweetMob #Gigs4Good

Together we can raise funds for @TeamUp4NonProf. Donate to 11/14 #Gigs4Good bit.ly/G4G17t #TweetMob

Props to @Flywheel_SEA @SturtevantSports for supporting Seattle nonprofit @TeamUp4NonProf 11/14 #Gigs4Good bit.ly/1gwHvNp #TweetMob

Heard of Seattle artists @BigSurMusic? They give back to nonprofit community bit.ly/G4G17t #TweetMob #Gigs4Good

Not in Seattle? Catch @TeamUp4NonProf Thurs. 11/14 via Livestream. 3 bands raise funds for #Gigs4Good bit.ly/G4GLive #TweetMob

Love indie music, local nonprofits, philanthropy? Catch @TeamUp4NonProf’s 11/14 #Gigs4Good benefit bit.ly/G4G17t #TweetMob

Loving this song by @Motopony ‘King of Diamonds’ bit.ly/mpcool See ‘em live Thursday @TeamUp4NonProf #Gigs4Good! #TweetMob

Good cause, good people, good music bit.ly/G4G17t Let’s bring awareness to @TeamUp4NonProf #Gigs4Good program! #TweetMob

Shout out to music blog @apesontape for plugging @TeamUp4NonProf next #Gigs4Good this Thursday! bit.ly/1agHLri #TweetMob

Did you know @TeamUp4NonProf is 100% volunteer run? Definitely grab tix or donate to their annual #Gigs4Good bit.ly/G4G17t #TweetMob

4,000+ people have attended a #Gigs4Good benefit with @TeamUp4NonProf. You gotta check 11/14 show out: bit.ly/G4G17t #TweetMob

Support Seattle nonprofit community – @TeamUp4NonProf #Gigs4Good benefit show on 11/14 bit.ly/G4G17t #TweetMob




Some News About Flywheel & Sturtevant’s. Read On.

Meet two of our fantastic sponsors for next week’s Gigs4Good: Flywheel and Sturtevant’s. (Psst, tickets are still available for the show at http://bit.ly/G4G17t.)

We say it all the time, but we really, honestly, would not be able to help the local nonprofits we support without these sponsors lending a hand.

They both deserve our undivided attention. It’s the least we can do. So, read on!

Heard of the mobile app Flywheel yet? Flywheel lets you hail a cab on your smartphone. You can pay with cash, credit card, or even your phone. They function through a state-of-the-art dispatch system that allows real-time tracking and communication between the passenger, driver and dispatch.

Flywheel has just arrived in Seattle and the good folks over there are already giving back to the local community. It’s impressive.

Tell them “thank you” with a download: Download for iOS. Download for Android.

And <BIG SAVINGS ALERT!> they’ve created the promo code TEAMUP specifically for the Nov. 14 Gigs4Good – it’s good for $15 off a new user’s first ride!

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Give them some love on social, too. Flywheel on Facebook. Flywheel on Twitter.


They also a have a little promotion going right now. Participants are needed for a Flywheel research study and will be offered $20 to spend at Amazon or $40 in Flywheel credit. Just fill out this form http://bit.ly/HCRkLs.


Also sponsoring next week’s gig is the local ski and snowboard retainer, Sturtevant’s. Talk about good timing because the snow is starting to fall in the mountains.

Recognized as Ski Magazine’s 2009 National Shop of the Year, these guys will help you get thismuchcloser to a perfect pow day. Sturtevant’s currently owns and operates four stores in Washington including a flagship store in Bellevue, Ski Marts in Tacoma, Bellevue, and Alderwood as well as the Sturtevant’s Online store.


Give them a hug on social media: FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

Thanks for taking the time to read about these great companies! We’ll see ya next Thursday at the show. Because Thursday is the new Friday.

Seattle Area Businesses: Team Up with Us for the Nonprofit Community!

Attention Seattle Area Businesses, it’s time to Team Up! Team Up for Nonprofits, a 501(c)3 organization, is interested in partnering with you to provide an incredible benefit concert that will raise funds and awareness for a Seattle-area nonprofit. Your financial support helps us deliver the best show possible. We are currently still seeking sponsors for the November 14th Gigs4Good.

What makes Team Up’s Gigs4Good program unique is our mission to build capacity for nonprofit organizations. Beyond raising funds through live music events, Team Up:

• Actively engages with the nonprofit, talent, sponsors and community at large

• Involves the nonprofit in the programming, outreach and participation at the event

• Seeks synergy between all partners including talent, venue, sponsors, nonprofit/cause and Team Up brand/community to create the best experience and opportunity for engagement

• Creates a fun, easy, accessible way to introduce young adults to philanthropy and giving back

• Builds awareness of organizations/causes important to the community; especially smaller or newer nonprofits with limited resources

• Works to provide ongoing community and support to all members of the Team Up family

• Provides nonprofits with social media training and support (before, during and after the event)

Sponsoring Gigs4Good builds brand awareness and relationships with an influential and vocal demographic, including social media influencers, emerging PNW musicians and philanthropic leaders. We have an established reputation for producing high quality events, showcasing top talent and nonprofits making a difference in our community.

Your tax-deductible contribution enables Team Up to cover costs of production, booking, talent, venue, marketing and promotion.

Past nonprofit grantees:

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The talented Pacific Northwest artists that have played a Gigs4Good include:

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If you are interested in sponsoring a Gigs4Good or another Team Up event, please reach out to ian@teamupfornonprofits.org or give us a shout out on social media.

We celebrated our 3rd birthday earlier this year and created a video to help tell the story about what we do. Take a moment to check it out:

Tickets on Sale Today for Next Gigs4Good with Headliner Motopony

It’s time for our yearly show in honor of our own efforts! Team Up for Nonprofits invites you join us for our final Gigs4Good of 2013 at the Tractor Tavern on November 14.

This Gigs4Good will celebrate:

  • A fantastic year of gigs benefiting some of Seattle’s incredible nonprofits. This year we partnered with three nonprofits to bring you three amazing causes and concerts.
  • Our launch of the 2014 Gigs4Good series. We received nearly 50 nonprofit applications and are so excited about the potential partnerships we’ll explore next year.
  • Your support that keeps us delivering the goods. Team Up is a 100% volunteer organization and we would not be able to raise funds and awareness for the awesome nonprofits of Seattle without your purchase of a ticket to a Gigs4Good.

The stellar lineup includes:

Motopony http://motoponymusic.com/
Big Sur http://bigsur.bandcamp.com/
Bigfoot Wallace & His Wicked Sons http://bigfootwallaces.bandcamp.com

Tickets on sale Thursday, October 24 at 8:00 AM: http://bit.ly/G4G17t
$15 // 21+ // Doors 7 PM // Music 8 PM
Date: November 14, 2013
Venue: Tractor Tavern, 5213 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle

These awesome Seattle bands are teaming up for Team Up for Nonprofits so that we can continue to deliver more amazing Gigs4Good shows in 2014.

Save the date, share it with friends and family and remember, Thursday is the new Friday – let’s party!

Connect for a cause: (#Gigs4Good) (@TeamUpForNonprofits) (@TractorTavern) (@motopony) (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Big-Sur/125126686789) (https://www.facebook.com/bigfootwallaceandsons)


DEADLINE EXTENDED: We’re accepting Nonprofit Applications thru Aug. 30th!

If you’re a nonprofit partner perfect for Team Up and our Gigs4Good concert series, you now have an extra two weeks to tell us why. We’re extending our call for applications through August 30th to make everyone enjoying this fantastic Seattle summer has the opportunity to ROCK with us!

By submitting an  application, nonprofits have the chance to become one of our 2014 Gigs4Good nonprofit partners. If selected, Team Up for Nonprofits will work directly with your organization to produce a show exclusively for YOU, featuring top, local music talent and a whole lot more.

Over the past three years, Team Up has:

  • Produced 16 Gigs4Good shows at venues like the Crocodile, The Triple Door, Tractor Tavern and Chop Suey
  • Raised thousands of dollars for Washington State nonprofits including Climate Solutions, Outdoors For All, One Days Wages and Rain City Rock Camp for Girls
  • Helped nonprofit partners build more awareness and larger support systems as well as grow their social media footprint

Apply here, and please share with friends in the nonprofit community. Application deadline is August 30th, 2013.

You can learn more about Gigs4Good by checking out our photos on Facebook or searching for the #Gigs4Good hashtag on Twitter.

Questions? Get in touch with us via emailFacebook or Twitter.

Apply to be a 2014 Gigs4Good Nonprofit Beneficiary!

Applications to be a Team Up For Nonprofits 2014 Gigs4Good beneficiary are now OPEN and we want you and your nonprofit to apply. Are you a nonprofit looking for innovative ways to attract and engage with young professionals in the Seattle community? Want to build your brand, raise some funds and add a little pizazz to your daily nonprofit work? Ever wanted local rock stars to champion your cause while playing a rocking set in front of an adoring crowd?

Since 2010, we at Team Up for Nonprofits have been producing music benefit concerts that build capacity for other nonprofits based in the Seattle area. We call this concert program Gigs4Good.

By submitting a quick application by August 20 (DEADLINE EXTENDED to August 30) – telling us about who you are, what you do, and whom you serve – you may become one of our 2014 Gigs4Good nonprofit partners. If selected, Team Up for Nonprofits will work directly with your organization to produce a show exclusively for YOU with top music talent and help you  raise awareness and funds for your organization.

Gigs4Good 15 - One Day's Wages - Step & RepeatWe want to help you connect with the crowd and young professionals in their 20’s and 30’s to build a support base outside of the traditional auction model designed for philanthropists with deep pockets (not that there is anything wrong with that, but young people want to give back to the community too!). So, as a nonprofit partner, we will support you through our social media channels and provide dedicated training to help you better navigate and leverage sites like Twitter and Facebook. The goal is to empower you to promote your mission and your message as broadly as possible.

Over the past 3 years, Team Up has:

  • Produced 16 Gigs4Good shows at venues like the Crocodile, The Triple Door, Tractor Tavern and Chop Suey
  • Raised thousands of dollars for Washington State nonprofits including Climate Solutions, Outdoors For All, One Days Wages and Rain City Rock Camp for Girls
  • Helped nonprofit partners build more awareness and larger support systems as well as grow their social media footprint

We only host a few shows a year, BUT don’t let that discourage you from applying! There is a lot that goes into the selection process and we try to get different types and sizes of orgs from various causes. More about the requirements and what we’re looking for here.

Application deadline is TUESDAY, AUGUST 20th, 2013.

APPLY HERE  and please share with friends in the nonprofit community. You can learn more about Gigs4Good by checking out our photos on Facebook or searching for the #Gigs4Good hashtag on Twitter.

Questions? Get in touch with us via the comment thread here on the blog, email, Facebook or Twitter.

Self expression. Joyful dance. Rock & Roll. Empowered (young) women.

A guest blog post from author and feminist sociologist, Kjerstin Gruys 

No, I’m not announcing the return of Lilith Fair. Or am I? Truth be told, if I were asked to predict the lineup of Lilith Fair 2020, my bets would land on the young graduates of Rain City Rock Camp for Girls.IMG_8628-746x1000

In a cultural environment often described as poisonous for girls’ self-esteem, self-worth, and body image, Rain City Rock Camp for Girls is fighting back with a powerful weapon: Rock & Roll. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to building positive self-esteem in girls and encouraging their creative expression through music, Rain City Rock Camp for Girls uses music education to create a supportive community of female peers and mentors while encouraging social change.

Speaking of social change, our girls are in great need of it. Research shows that girls’ self-esteem peaks at age 9, and that seven in ten girls believe they are not good enough or do not measure up in some way, including their looks, performance in school and relationships with friends and family members. Almost one-third of girls are directly involved in bullying (as the bully or the bullied), and 43% of girls fear harassment in school bathrooms, and don’t even get me started on the topic of body image (let’s just say that America’s young women are more afraid of being fat than of nuclear war, cancer, or losing their parents).

And, yes, we need to support the 2020 Lilith Fair lineup: experimental studies show that even experienced music educators rate audition tapes as being of lower quality when they believe the musician to be female, and recent news media reports suggest that fewer than 10% of headlining musicians at this year’s music festivals have been women. Where are girls finding their musical role models if not on stage? Well, perhaps in rock music videos, 57% of which portray women as sex objects, as victims, as unintelligent or in condescending ways.

In my own activist work with girls, I’ve found that one of the most powerful ways for girls to overcome and challenge these damaging media stereotypes is to create their own media. Organizations like Rain City Rock Camp for Girls provide campers with rare opportunities to dance like nobody’s looking, sing like nobody’s listening, and love (themselves) like they’ve never been hurt. Truly, the process of musical creation not only provides girls with a sense of creative accomplishment, but also offers an important outlet for self-expression while helping girls experience self-efficacy – a sense that their actions are meaningful, important, and can create change.

To see this important work in action, check out this video:

To support this important cause, consider attending Gigs4Good, THIS Thursday night.  Tickets are still available.

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Kjerstin Gruys is the author of “Mirror, Mirror Off the Wall: How I Learned to Love My Body by Not Looking at It for a Year.” Kjerstin’s story has been featured on NPR, Good Morning America and 20/20. Kjerstin is currently a doctoral candidate in the UCLA Department of Sociology, with research interests centering on intersectional (race/class/gender/age/”beauty”) approaches to understanding social inequality.

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