Autism Rocks

For a world where people on the autistic spectrum are able to reach their true potential.

what is autism

Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that is characterized by difficulties in
the development of social relationships and communication skills. People with autism
are seen as having unusually strong and narrow interests and repetitive behavior.
Whilst some individuals are able to live relatively independent lives; others will require
a lifetime of specialist support.

The Facts




Credit: The National Autistic Society (NAS).

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To people with autism, the world is often a mass of people, places and events which
they struggle to make sense of, and which can cause them significant amount of
physical and emotional stress. In particular, understanding, and relating to friends
and family or to taking part in everyday life may be incredibly difficult often leaving
them feeling isolated and alone – instead they wonder why they are ‘different’.

What on earth is
autism rocks?

An avid passion for music, an insurmountable love for his 4-year-old son and an unexpected cup of tea with possibly the most famous rapper in the world, ‘Snoop Dogg’, British born philanthropist Sanjay Shah had a light bulb moment. "What if I could stage gigs around the world to raise money for autism research". A cause incredibly close to his heart since youngest son, Nikhil, was diagnosed with the condition in 2011.

And so it began; launching in 2014 with an invite only performance in London with none other than the musical icon Prince, who is sadly no longer with us. Sanjay Shah has gone to involve Autism Rocks as the charity of choice at private shows with Lenny Kravitz, Michael Bublè and Drake to name a few, and he's only just getting started!

Where is my
donation going?

All funds raised will go to the Autism Research Trust (ART). The ART in turn supports research by the Autism Research Centre (ARC) based at Cambridge University, which works to understand the cause and effects of autism.

Thanks thus far to the funds raised via Autism Rocks, the ARC has 15 ongoing, long-term research projects that aim to find methods of identifying, as early as possible, who will develop autism, and then evaluate specific interventions and support, to aid them through the rest of their lives.



Sanjay Shah


Born in London, he has lived with his family in Dubai since 2009. His youngest son was diagnosed with autism in 2011, at the age of two years. This motivated Mr Shah to support the autism community and learn more about his son’s condition. Mr Shah spent several years on trading desks at a number of banks in London until he decided to establish his own firm. As well as this venture, he manages a real estate portfolio and has several investments across the globe including banks, publishing and hospitality.



Peter Best

As Mr Shah’s friend since university days, Peter has recently become a trustee. He has a long and illustrious career spanning 21 years in the financial markets sector in London, and was most recently Chief Operating Officer at ICAP, a leading brokerage firm. At the end of 2015, he left this role to pursue his interests in family, health, London’s startup scene and worthy causes. Peter lives in London with his wife and two young children.



Will Best

Will started his career in the music world during his university days, organising underground music events in Manchester. After a brief foray into advertising he was lured back into music as a TV presenter hosting music shows for various channels, which he still does both in the UK and internationally. In 2013, frustrated with the experience of sharing and discovering music in an increasingly fragmented online environment, Will co-founded, a new music focused social network and streaming service. Currently in the process of fully launching, audiosplitter has already starting to gain traction, and change the way real fans connect both with each other, and the music they love.



April is World Autism Awareness Month, however, new figures by The National Autistic Society (NAS) reveal that although public awareness of autism is high, understanding is still low and we need to do more to help the one in 100 people who are on the autism spectrum in the UK. This is an estimated 700,000 people.

The common perception has been that autism affects more males than females, with studies placing the ratio anywhere between 2:1 and 16:1, male to female. However, NAS has revealed that that the number may be far more equal than we thought.

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As Autism Awareness Month comes to a close at the end of April, Autism Rocks has reached out to Members of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Autism to hear their views on what autism means to them and what needs to be done to improve public awareness.

Jonathan Reynolds, MP for Stalybridge and Hyde, who has a son on the autistic spectrum, said that although attitudes to autism are changing “slowly”, the public perception is still largely “something akin to ‘Rain Main’ where everyone with autism has a secret genius ability”.

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Autism Rocks kick starts Autism Awareness Month

Autism Rocks has kick started Autism Awareness Month with its first fundraising event of the year- a jam packed family day with performances from international superstars Flo Rida and Tyga.

Autism Rocks, which raises funds and awareness for autism research, will stage show-stopping gigs throughout the year in London and Dubai. Previous concerts hosted by the charity have featured world-renowned artists such as Prince, Lenny Kravitz, Nile Rodgers, Drake, Michael Buble, Joss Stone and many others.

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It can be hard to create an awareness of autism as people do not ‘look ‘ disabled;
Instead the children are often described as ‘naughty’ and the adults as ‘misunderstood’


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