After two years of touring behind …Like Clockwork, Queens of the Stone Age are currently on a well-deserved hiatus. However, Josh Homme isn’t just sitting around playing Xbox, as he’s teamed up with members of Jimmy Eat World and Paramore to form The Sweet Stuff Foundation.
The charity provides assistance to career musicians, recording engineers, and their families struggling with illness and disability. According to its mission statement:
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. The healing power of music is also a vital form of preventative medicine. That’s why the Sweet Stuff Foundation’s two prong approach is also committed to providing assistance for music lessons, instruments, and musical collaborations for children. To help foster an atmosphere of creativity & introduce a healthy outlet via music, so that the “Sweet Stuff’ will continue for generations to come.
The Sweet Stuff Foundation was formed in 2013, but only now seems to be getting publicity (thanks to Foo Fighters). To raise proceeds, the charity will be auctioning off various items in the coming months, including a signed guitar from the 2014 Grammy Awards.