Rock and metal musicians battling alcohol/drug abuse now have some peers to look to for support. SFG12 is the name of a new non-profit peer support group that seeks to help struggling musicians. Tommy Vext (ex-Divine Heresy, etc.) has been chiefly involved with the project with other notable members including:
Jacoby Shaddix (Papa Roach)
Clint Lowery (Sevendust)
Wes Geer (ex-Korn/(hed)p.e.)
Jeff Fabb (Filter)
Acey Slade (Dope/Joan Jett & The Blackhearts)
Vext told lamusicblog.com of the organization:
“As of now I’m the CFO of a new non-profit called SFG12. We’re going to be hosting a string of concerts in Los Angeles and New York. All the proceeds are going to sponsoring artists who are seeking or in recovery. Basically we are a liaison service that grants financial sponsorship to help you get into sober living or detox.
We’re also doing a really cool thing where we’re going to be offering sober companion services. In the ’80s when everyone was selling records and making millions of dollars, if artists had drug problems, they would hire a guy to go on the road with them and help be a support system… and that costs about $30-$40k a month. No bands can afford that now. So the concerts we’re going to throw are going to help people who need these kinds of services. It’s a pretty rad deal.”
When asked how he got involved with the project, he replied:
“To be honest I made a lifestyle choice to be sober in 2009. Like many of us, I grew up with alcoholism and violence in my home. I discovered drinking and drugs at a very early age. After getting signed and touring I was constantly surrounded by addiction. Eventually it brought me down and I had to get help.
Today, I have a strong support system of people in the entertainment business that share my story. Together we support one another and now we want to offer that support on a larger scale.”