MusiCares MAP Fund Benefit To Honor Chester Bennington, Tony Alva

Linkin Park frontman and original Dogtown Z-Boys skateboarder to be honored for their commitment to addiction recovery services and support of the MusiCares MAP Fund
  • Photo: James Minchin
    Chester Bennington
  • Photo: © 2013 Lisa Scott Owen
    Tony Alva
April 02, 2013 -- 6:55 am PDT
GRAMMY.com

The ninth annual MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert will honor Chester Bennington, lead vocalist of two-time GRAMMY-winning band Linkin Park, and Tony Alva, skateboarder, surfer, musician, and original member of the skateboarding team Dogtown Z-Boys at Club Nokia in Los Angeles on May 30.

Bennington will be honored with the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award for his dedication and support of the MusiCares MAP Fund, and for his commitment to helping other addicts with the addiction recovery process. Alva will receive MusiCares' From the Heart Award for his unconditional friendship and dedication to the mission and goals of the organization. All proceeds will benefit the MusiCares MAP Fund, which provides members of the music community access to addiction recovery treatment regardless of their financial situation.

"Chester and Tony are passionate and highly influential artists in their respective professions and each of them has achieved impressive and much-deserved success," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy and MusiCares. "What unites them around the mission of MusiCares is their willingness to lend their time and talents to raise funds for our organization, and their desire to be of service to music people struggling with addiction. We truly appreciate their steadfast support and committed generosity."

"MusiCares MAP Fund is an amazing program that takes care of their own, and actually saves lives," said Bennington. "It's been so rewarding to support them and see firsthand what they've accomplished for so many artists."

"Skateboarding, business and music have brought me enormous satisfaction over the years," said Alva. "It doesn't compare though with the power of being sober, which I am grateful for every day of my life, and that's why I wanted to join MusiCares to help raise funds, so more people can get the help they need."

Linkin Park earned their first GRAMMY in 2001 for Best Hard Rock Performance for "Crawling," a track from their debut album, Hybrid Theory, which has sold more than 10 million copies in the United States. Their second GRAMMY came in 2005 for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for "Numb/Encore" with Jay-Z. The band has sold more than 50 million albums worldwide, and is the biggest band on Facebook with more than 51 million likes. Since Linkin Park debuted on the Billboard charts in 2000, no other artist has had more Top 10 singles on the Alternative Songs chart. With the release of their latest album, 2012's Living Things, which reached No. 1 in more than 20 countries, no other band has achieved more No. 1 albums this century. In 2005 Linkin Park founded Music For Relief, a nonprofit organization that has raised more than $5 million for victims of natural disasters and environmental projects.

Considered one of the most influential skateboarders of all time, Alva joined the Z-Boys in 1972, bringing the trend of skating in empty pools into the mainstream. He is known as the originator of vertical skateboarding, and is credited as one of the first skateboarders to perform frontside airs. In 1974 Alva began a long collaborative relationship with Vans and eventually started his own company, Alva Skates, in 1977 at age 19. Alva Skateboards was the first company owned and operated by a skateboarder, and one of the first companies to use layered maple plywood for skate decks. Alva was the first skateboarder to successfully market himself as a brand name, becoming the prototype for the modern professional skateboarder. Alva continues to skate, surf and play music with his band G.F.P. while operating his company and overseeing his board lines AlvaSurfcraft and the Power Station Project. In September 2012 Alva celebrated six years of sobriety.

For MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert special dinner and concert ticket information, contact Wynnie Wynne 310.392.3777 or wynniew@grammy.com. General admission seats will be made available via AXS beginning April 5.

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