Who We Fund

The T.J. Martell Foundation is the music industry’s leading foundation that funds innovative medical research focused on finding treatments and cures for cancer.

There is a cure somewhere. We just haven't found it yet, but we will.

— Founder Tony Martell

Our Mission

Firmly Committed to the Fight

Founded in 1975 by music industry executive, Tony Martell, the T.J. Martell Foundation is the music industry’s leading foundation that funds innovative medical research focused on finding treatments and cures for cancer; it has provided over $280 million over the past forty-five years. The Foundation funds early-stage research projects at excellent institutions across the nation. This research is aimed at developing more effective clinical treatments for patients which otherwise might not be funded.

A Unique Approach

We provide funds for highly targeted research projects at leading medical and scientific institutions. We raise money through a series of ongoing campaigns and signature events leveraging the star power, celebrity and mass appeal of recognized music industry talent.

Funding Innovative Research

The T. J. Martell Foundation has provided more than $280 million to innovative, early-stage research and provides funding to leading research facilities. Over the years, we have emerged as one of the world’s leading sponsors of early-stage innovative research into the treatments and cures for cancer. Further, we encourage our funded scientists to leverage our funds with other larger funding sources, such as the National Institute of Health and the National Cancer Institute. This has been done successfully by many of our researchers and we can conservatively estimate that our funding has resulted in approximately one billion dollars in additional research funding.

Offices & Supported Research Facilities

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