We believe the creative arts enrich lives. So the goal of the Hot Topic Foundation is to inspire and encourage young people to express their individuality through music and the arts. And we team with non-profit organizations that make it happen.

Our History
We started the Hot Topic Foundation in 2004 at the suggestion of our store associates. Over the last ten years, the Foundation gave nearly $9 million in grants to non-profit organizations that create music and arts programs for young people across the country - at schools and beyond. We're proud of what we've accomplished. And we know - with your help - we can enrich many more young lives.

You Can Help
We think this stuff really matters. In fact, many Hot Topic employees actively support the foundation's efforts. You can help, too:

  • Round up your purchases at Hot Topic stores and Hottopic.com to the next dollar - the change will go straight to the Hot Topic Foundation.

  • Make contributions in our stores and online. Remember - no contribution is too small.

Give Now


Our Partners
The Hot Topic Foundation currently works with three organizations that help young people express their individuality through music and the arts. Learn more about them below.



  • GRAMMY Foundation®
    Provides 'GRAMMY in the Schools' programs to high school students and schools.


    Learn more.

  • Little Kids Rock®
    Unleashes kids' inner music-makers by building popular music education programs in under-served public schools.

    Learn more.

  • Notes For Notes®
    Provides youth with FREE after-school recording studio environments packed with instruments to explore, create, and record music!
    Learn more.


Contact Us
The Hot Topic Foundation
18305 E. San Jose Ave.
City of Industry, CA 91748
foundation@hottopic.com

The Hot Topic Foundation is administered by the California Community Foundation, a 501c3 public charity. Contributions to the California Community Foundation represent irrevocable gifts subject to the legal and fiduciary control of the foundation's board of directors.