The Giving Groove, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania’s newest record label is all about giving back, by raising money for charity through record sales. The label has a diverse set of clients including The Dead Milkmen, OOLALA, Hoots and Hellmouth, and more. The label was founded by friends and musicians Matt Teacher and Mike Lawson who own the Philadelphia studio Sine Studios. Speaking about working in the Philadelphia music scene for the past decade, Teacher says, “Musicians need to be paid a living wage, and they need to be empowered to give back to the music community that fostered them,” he says. “Having been in the Philadelphia music scene for the past decade, I’ve had the opportunity to help capture many artists’ visions in the studio. Watching so many great projects come to completion but never make it to the next step became disheartening. We spent a year-and-a-half fine-tuning the model, bouncing ideas off mentors we had formed relationships with over the years—everyone from Obie O’Brien (Bon Jovi) to David Schlessinger (Five Below co-founder) to Garrett Brown (inventor) to Harry Weinger (Motown/Universal)—to refine what has now become The Giving Groove.”
All charity proceeds go to a charity that the artist themselves support.