Ogdensburg song writer donates proceeds from album sales to charities
Wednesday, January 30, 2013 - 6:28 am

OGDENSBURG -- Singer-songwriter Shawn Stoddard will donate the proceeds from his song sales to charity.

Proceeds from the purchase of a song from his crossover album, “Further Down That Road,” will be split between the charities Love Hope Strength and The Fender Music Foundation. Each will receive 50 percent of the song sales.

"I am very fortunate to be able to have a profession that I love,” said Stoddard. “By donating all song sales to Love Hope Strength and The Fender Music Foundation, I am able to give the gift of music to somebody else and possibility even save a life.”

Love Hope Strength is an international, music-centric cancer charity dedicated to providing support for cancer centers and inspiration to those affected by the disease throughout the world. The group uses funds to purchase medical equipment and supplies, raise awareness through special events, documentaries and media, build cancer centers and find bone marrow donors.

The Fender Music Foundation is a music charity funded by people who want to change the state of music education and who believe music is an integral part of society and should be accessible to everyone. The foundation provides instruments to classrooms, after school programs and music therapy programs. They also assist programs that are in-need, ongoing, sustainable and provide more people with the opportunity to make music.

“By writing and performing music I am able to give back to the community and hopefully inspire others,” said Stoddard. “That is why I only perform at charity events. It is my way of saying thanks to those who have supported me along the way. ”

To purchase Stoddard’s songs visit www.reverbnation.com/shawnstoddard.