By Phyllis Pollack
The Grammy Foundation, and MusiCares, which is under its umbrella, announced yesterday that a Grammy Charity Black Friday Sale has begun. Passes to watch Grammy rehearsals and the Grammy Celebration after-party is just part of what is available.
The auction will ensue until December 9, 2013 at www.ebay.com/grammy.
MusiCares has drastically reduced prices on memorabilia and instruments signed by major recording artists, VIP experiences.
Ultimate 56th Grammy Awards VIP Experience, a package for two, includes platinum-level seating at the awards ceremony, slated for January 26, 2014, at Staples Center in Los Angeles, passes to the official Grammy Celebration after-party and Grammy rehearsal passes.
Also up for bidding is a package, enabling the winner to attend Grammy Week’s 2014 MusiCares Person of the Year Benefit, honoring Grammy winning singer/songwriter Carole King, along with rehearsal access.
In 2013, Sir Paul McCartney was honored as MusiCares Person of the Year.
Fine art showpieces, like live photographs of Lynyrd Skynyrd, signed by photographer Richard Aaron, are also part of the benefit auction.
An autographed copy of LL Cool J’s classic 1990 album “Mama Said Knock You Out” is available. The multi-talented actor and rapper has been the host of the Grammy Awards since 2012.
Cool J famously addressed the death of artist Whitney Houston at the 2013 Grammy Awards by leading a prayer in her memory, leaving the Grammy audience, and its viewers, extremely moved.
For Beatles fans, there is a copy of the DVD, entitled George Harrison: Living in the Material World, signed by his widow, Olivia Harrison.
Living In The Material World was produced by Academy Award winner Martin Scorsese, through his Sikelia Productions, Harrison’s widow Olivia, in conjunction with her Grove Street Pictures enterprise, and Nigel Sinclair, via Exclusive’s film imprint, Spitfire Pictures.
Autographed guitars from the Black Keys, Gavin DeGraw, the Killers, Bruno Mars, the Wanted, and others are also part of the bidding. Miguel, Mumford & Sons, Katy Perry, Phillip Phillips, Rihanna, Slash, Justin Timberlake, and more have signed collectables that are part of the fundraiser.
A silver shirt singing sensation Miguel wore while performing is also up for the taking.
For audiophiles, there are buy-it-now slashed prices for items including CD box sets.
A special Jimi Hendrix box set, Winterland: the Authorized Hendrix Family Edition, is also available. It is released by Experience Hendrix, the official family run label is run by Jimi’s sister, Janie Hendrix.
The package includes recordings from six shows that the guitar legend played during a three-day period beginning on October 10, 1968. The newly remastered release is far different from the initial releases from 1987 and 1988 that are now out of print.
An autographed Tim McGraw is among other discs available. McGraw, who has won three Grammy Awards, also signed an Epiphone acoustic guitar that is up for auction.
McGraw recently won two awards at the 2013 CMA Awards for “Highway Don’t Care,” featuring Keith Urban and Taylor Swift, taking home the award for Best Musical Event and Best Music Video, with Shane Drake, as its director.
A few of the signed insturments include an Epiphone Les Paul signed by punker-turned-pop-star Billy Idol, an Epiphone acoustic guitar signed by Hunter Hayes, Mumford & Sons, Ed Sheeran, and a snare drum singed by the Lumineers, and an Epiphone signed by the Black Keys.
There is also a guitar strap signed by former Guns N Roses guitarist Slash, whose guitar solos on works like “Sweet Child O’ Mine” and “Paradise City” have become legendary.
Mics signed by singer Kelly Clarkson and X-Factor judge Demi Lovato are also up for the taking.
Ouderspace fans will want to check out the ability to win skate decks by Ouderspace, autographed by performing bands that played on the Vans Warped Tour 2013.
Last but not least, for die-hard music fans, there is also Grammy memorabilia. Within the swag to be found is a Grammy baseball jacket.
MusiCares focuses the resources and attention of the music industry in relation to issues that directly impact the health and welfare of the music community.
The organization ensures that music people have a place to turn in times of financial, medical and personal need by providing programs and services including emergency financial assistance, educational workshops, and health programs.
The MusiCares MAP Fund allows access to addiction recovery treatment and sober living resources for members of the music community, Safe Harbor Rooms, weekly addiction support groups, and the MusiCares Sober Touring Network provide ongoing recovery support.
Each case is treated with confidentiality.
The Grammy Foundation was established in 1989. The Foundation works in partnership year-round with its founder, The Recording Academy. The Recording Academy is the sponsor of the Grammy Awards, the most credible peer-voted awards in the music business.
The Grammy Awards begain in 1959, with a small gathering in Los Angeles at the Beverly Hilton, and a companion event held in New York.
The Grammys have since grown to attract as many as 26.7 million viewers in 2010, its largest audience since 2000. CBS Research has estimated that more than 61 million viewers watched all or part of the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards.
Presented in partnership with Kompolt, all proceeds raised through this special auction will benefit programs and services of the MusiCares and Grammy Foundations.
This year, for the first time, noting the importance of teachers, in collaboration, the Grammy Foundation and The Recording Academy will present the first Music Educator Award during Grammy Week 2014.
Open to current U.S. music teachers in kindergarten through college, the very first annual Music Educator Award will be given during Grammy Week 2014. For more information on the Music Educator Award please visit grammymusicteacher.com.