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 Foundation(R) 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." -0- *T 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 *T 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 www.grammyfoundation.com. 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 www.grammy.com. The Recording Academy Jaime Sarachit, 310-392-3777 email@example.com or Jill Collins Public Relations Group Jill Collins, 703-716-0925 firstname.lastname@example.org Copyright Business Wire 2008
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