Soundwaves Art Foundation is the creation of British-born, US-based artist Tim Wakefield.
Following a decade of fundraising in the UK via charity art pieces created with help of some of Britain’s biggest sports stars such as David Beckham and Lewis Hamilton, Tim turned his attention in 2005 to his first love: music. After a year of artistic experiments and samples, Soundwaves Art Foundation was born in London. Since then, Tim has worked with 500+ of the world's leading musicians who have added signatures and handwritten lyrics to his canvas prints and originals.
In 2014 Tim moved to Austin, Texas where he opened our second production studio, expanded our collaborations with American musicians, and started to hire a team around himself. Seven years later, we’re a small but mighty team with a modern studio in East London and a recently-opened Soundwaves Art Gallery just down the road from Austin in beautiful and historic Lockhart, Texas. We're proud to manage our printing and framing programs in-house with a focus on providing job training and employment in our local communities.
Tim creates unique artwork through a multimedia art process he has created to customize the recorded sound waves of iconic songs. All our art is sold to raise funds for charities and social justice causes supported by the music industry. To date, music fans in 91 countries have helped us raise over $7.5M for dozens of charities. As global interest in art and music collectibles has grown, Soundwaves collectors have also created a thriving secondary market for our quick-to-sell-out artwork.
How it works
Tim and artist decide which song to design for and what charity to benefit
Tim creates samples and works with musician to finalize the wave colors and shapes
Each piece is printed on fine art canvas and brought to the musician to hand sign
Fans donate, we send them art, and the charity receives the profits
Tim is the founder and artist behind Soundwaves Art. He's worked at the intersection of art and philanthropy for 20 years. He's a massive Manchester United fan.
Favorite Bands: Talking Heads, John Prine, Patti Smith
Jeremy manages all artist relations, branding, and business development in the US. He's a pretty subpar musician, but considers himself very good at listening to music.
Favorite Bands: Bon Iver, Pinegrove, War on Drugs
Tom runs all of European operations, shipping, and artist relations out of the London office. He's a big s̶o̶c̶c̶e̶r̶ ̶p̶l̶a̶y̶e̶r̶ footballer and has a credit on an Elton John record.
Favorite Bands: System of A Down, Fontaines D.C., Khruangbin
Head of Workshop
John oversees our printing, framing, and packing. Some interests include playing guitar in a band, picking for his vintage clothing business, swimming in blue Texas rivers with his wife and kids and working on (and cursing) his old house.
Favorite Bands: Bad Brains, My Bloody Valentine, Neil Young
Moisés is the head framer at Soundwaves. He has over 25 years as a professional picture framer, and views framing as an art form in and of itself. We are very lucky to have him and his deep knowledge on our team.
Favorite Bands: Shakira, Romeo Santos, Vicente Fernández.
Grant Writer & Artist Relations
Ryan manages our grants program and assists with artist relations in and around Central Texas. He loves photography and specializes in chasing his kid around with old cameras.
Favorite Bands: Velvet Underground, Ray Charles, The Kinks
Gallery and Design Associate
Skyler is a designer and gallery associate at Soundwave's Lockhart location. She is big film buff, collects vintage posters and clothes, and has a dog named Bean.
Favorite Bands: Radiohead, Pretty Sick, Frank Ocean