Rise Above Addiction

Face the Music Foundation wants to assist as many people as possible in breaking the destructive cycle of addiction while helping them find the means and support to achieve and maintain sobriety. Our vision is a world where the stigma surrounding addiction is gone, and with it, the financial and logistical barriers that so often get in the way of treatment and lasting recovery. Everyone has the right to peace of mind and a second chance, regardless of their financial circumstances. We want to offer these opportunities while connecting those we serve with unforgettable musical experiences.

Our Mission is to increase awareness and understanding about addiction, provide the means for struggling addicts to get clean and sober, break the cycle of addiction through our educational programs and to help newly recovering addicts develop the tools to maintain long-term recovery.

Our Vision is a world where the stigma associated with addiction is overcome and resources are available to those who seek to be active in their recovery, regardles of financial circumstance.

Face The Music Foundation (FTMF) was born in 2014 as the brain-child of Recovery Unplugged Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer, Paul Pellinger. He and his team realized how painful it was to turn those seeking treatment away if they didn’t have adequate insurance or financial support. They knew they had to act. FTMF now exists to address this issue.

Music is central to everything we do in our educational programs and advocacy events. Our relationship with the music industry is paramount to our success in helping others. Additionally, we work with an alliance of providers, inpatient detoxes, residential treatment centers, outpatient treatment centers, individual therapists and sober living residences who are committed to helping those struggling with drugs and alcohol to lead happy, productive lives in recovery.


According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 23.5 million persons aged 12 or older needed treatment for an illicit drug or alcohol abuse problem in 2009 (9.3 percent of persons aged 12 or older).

Benefit concerts to raise money to increase treatment access.

Educational programming to help vulnerable children avoid substance abuse.

Working with musicians to give back to their communities in their recovery.

Partnering with the music industry to increase awareness and financial support.

Face the Music Foundation’s Story

Face the Music Foundation was established in 2014 by Paul Pellinger, a veteran of the addiction treatment landscape, lifelong music lover and Co-Founder of Recovery Unplugged Treatment Centers. After recognizing the glaring and painful need for support and financial assistance faced by many who are struggling with addiction, he and his partners knew they had to act. Face the Music Foundation now exists to provide education and support to those who are vulnerable to substance use, and treatment assistance for those who are already affected by addiction.