For the fourth consecutive year, Marty Stuart designated MusiCares as the beneficiary of his applauded annual Late Night Jam. This year's event was held on June 8 at Nashville's famed Ryman Auditorium and was such a tremendous success that many consider it to have been the best show held during the CMA Music Festival. The 2005 Late Night Jam resulted in a donation of more than $21,000 to MusiCares. Overall, Stuart's generous contributions from Late Night Jam have generated more than $50,000 in proceeds to MusiCares. This year's Late Night Jam was organized by Stuart, Butch Spyridon from the Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Tony Conway from Buddy Lee Attractions. Featured performances included Marty Stuart And His fabulous Superlatives, Earl and Randy Scruggs, Holly Williams, Shooter Jennings, Jessi Colter, Jessi Alexander and Dierks Bentley. Plans are already underway for next year's event, which is scheduled to take place in June 2006.
Marty Stuart's Late Night Jam Benefits MusiCares
The pro/celebrity team of comedian Jon Lovitz and tennis professional James Blake defeated tennis legend Andre Agassi and musician Gavin Rossdale at the annual Night at the Net charity event benefiting MusiCares.
The game preceded the first match of the Mercedes-Benz Cup tennis tournament at UCLA and raised funds for MusiCares' Financial Assistance Program, which provides confidential crisis intervention, health care referrals and financial assistance for music people in times of need. Gibson/Baldwin presented MusiCares with a $75,000 check and the Southern California Tennis Association donated $10,000. A silent auction netted an additional $35,000 and an online auction launched at the event will also generate funds benefiting MusiCares.
Musician, "American Idol" judge and Los Angeles Chapter Governor Randy Jackson served as the host for the evening, and former tennis pro Pam Shriver joined in as chair umpire. Actor Alan Thicke and Debra Wilson from "Mad TV" served as line judges, with Pauly Shore making a brief appearance.
Musical guests included tennis stars the Bryan Brothers' Bob And Mike Bryan Band, an energizing performance from Kool And The Gang, and R&B singer Kem, who sang the national anthem.
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MusiCares recently co-sponsored a successful hearing conservation outreach event, in collaboration with H.E.A.R. (Hearing Education and Awareness for Rockers), at the annual Audio Engineering Society's (AES) conference, held Oct. 7–10 at New York's Javits Convention Center. A steady stream of the conference's attendees visited the MusiCares and adjacent H.E.A.R. booths, where they received information on hearing protection and other health maintenance issues. They were also able to obtain either custom-molded or standard types of hearing protection. Approximately 650 conference registrants took advantage of this valuable outreach.
On Oct. 24, the Music Box @ Fonda theater in Los Angeles will play host to a Sublime Tribute Benefit show inspired by the June CD release of Look At All The Love We Found: A Tribute To Sublime. With the generous support of Goldenvoice and the Music Box, net proceeds will benefit MusiCares' MAP Fund and Hurricane Relief Fund 2005 with performances by AWOL One & Abstract Rude, Bargain Music acoustic, Blackalicious, Fishbone, Bob Forrest, Tony Kanal and Tim Armstrong, Ozomatli, Unwritten Law, the Ziggens and other major artists and guests. Closing out the evening will be an all-star jam featuring members of Sublime. The night will be co-hosted by KROQ's Jed the Fish.
MusiCares had an active and visible presence at the 11th Annual Northeast Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA) Conference, which took place from Nov. 11–13 at Kutsher's Resort in the Catskills. The folk musicians, venue managers, label executives, booking agents and others in attendance were genuinely grateful to learn of the work MusiCares has been doing to assist musicians in crisis, from our efforts in response to Hurricane Katrina to our financial assistance programs. MusiCares literature, wristbands and other items were given out at the booth. In addition, MusiCares Director of Health & Human Services Dee Dee Acquisto participated in the panel "Surviving The Music Industry: Problems Of Addiction."