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.
MusiCares Hosts Health Event At AES
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."
"TimesTalks With John Legend" was presented as part of The New York Times Arts & Leisure Weekend event on Sunday, Jan. 8, at 8 p.m. at the CUNY Graduate Center. Legend, who was recently nominated for eight GRAMMYs, performed and was interviewed by Lola Ogunnaike in an intimate evening of soulful conversation and music. Admission included entrance to the VIP post-discussion reception at Bolzano's. Proceeds benefited The Actors' Fund of America and MusiCares.
On Tuesday, Jan. 10 from 6 to 8 p.m., MusiCares presented the workshop "Financial Management For Musicians," led by Susan Lee, Certified Financial Planner, tax consultant and host/producer of the NY-area radio show "Your Money And Your Life." Lee specializes in financial planning and tax consulting for freelancers, musicians, writers and other self-employed creative individuals. Her enlightening presentation set the tone for an evening that was filled with relevant and useful information and a lively, to-the-point discussion. The workshop was held in The Academy's New York Chapter's office, located 156 W. 56th St. on the 17th floor.