GRAMMY(R)s Rock the Conventions Featuring Performances by Daughtry, Everclear, the...

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GRAMMY(R)s Rock the Conventions Featuring Performances by Daughtry, Everclear, the Flobots and Hit Songwriters Brett James and Greg Laswell

  Star-Studded Benefits in Denver and Minneapolis Support the GRAMMY
WASHINGTON--(Business Wire)--
In an effort to spotlight the issues that affect the creative
community and the importance of music education, GRAMMY(R)s Rock The
Conventions will bring live music to the Democratic and Republican
National Conventions with star-studded events benefiting the GRAMMY
Foundation(R), it was announced today by The Recording Academy(R).
Three-time GRAMMY-nominated rock band Daughtry, GRAMMY-nominated
rockers Everclear, and chart-topping alternative/hip-hop group the
Flobots will perform an up-close-and-personal acoustic evening in
Denver at the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday, Aug. 26,
2008. On Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2008, during the Republican National
Convention in Minneapolis, The Recording Academy will host "The
Songwriters Circle: The Songs We Love," an intimate event that
includes performances of hit songs by the songwriters who created
them. Participating artists include GRAMMY-winning songwriter Brett
James ("Jesus, Take The Wheel" by Carrie Underwood and "Blessed" by
Martina McBride) and up-and-coming singer-songwriter Greg Laswell
("What A Day" and "Sing, Theresa Says"). Additional songwriters to be
announced shortly.

   In addition to elected officials, among the luminaries joining
these artists will be four-time GRAMMY winner and Recording Academy
Chair Jimmy Jam and Recording Academy President/CEO and GRAMMY
Foundation President Neil Portnow. Both nonpartisan events will
benefit the GRAMMY Foundation, a charitable arm of The Recording
Academy that works to bring national attention to important issues
such as the value and impact of music and arts education and the
urgency of preserving our rich cultural heritage.

   "This election year represents one of the most significant in
political history, making it even more important for The Recording
Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation to bring an increased awareness of
music issues to the policy makers from both parties at the Democratic
and Republican National Conventions," said Portnow. "With GRAMMYs Rock
The Conventions, we hope to educate party leaders about the critical
role of music and arts education. Regardless of one's political views,
it's clear that when children have music in their lives, we all win."

GRAMMYs Rock The Convention Events
Democratic National Convention:
Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2008
10 p.m. - 2 a.m.
The Church
1160 Lincoln Street
Denver, CO 80203

Republican National Convention:
Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2008
9 p.m. - 1 a.m.
McNamara Alumni Center, University of Minnesota Campus
200 Oak Street
Minneapolis, MN 55455

   The GRAMMY Foundation was established in 1989 to cultivate the
understanding, appreciation and advancement of the contribution of
recorded music to American culture -- from the artistic and technical
legends of the past to the still unimagined musical breakthroughs of
future generations of music professionals. The Foundation accomplishes
this mission through programs and activities that engage the music
industry and cultural community as well as the general public. The
Foundation works in partnership year-round with its founder, The
Recording Academy, to bring national attention to important issues
such as the value and impact of music and arts education and the
urgency of preserving our rich cultural heritage. For more
information, please visit

   Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of
musicians, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is
dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for
music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards --
the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the
most credible brand in music -- The Recording Academy is responsible
for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment,
advocacy, education and human services programs. In its 50th year, The
Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical
excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring
music remains an indelible part of our culture. For more information
about The Academy, please visit

The Recording Academy
Jaime Sarachit, 310-392-3777
Jill Collins Public Relations Group
Jill Collins, 703-716-0925

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