Chris Cornell, Iggy Pop, Elton John Donations Will Benefit MusiCares MAP Fund
Chris Cornell, the late frontman for GRAMMY-winning rock band Soundgarden, donated one of his leather guitar straps just prior to his untimely death in May 2017. Now, thanks to the intriguing Rock LTD Collection, that guitar strap will have a chance to generate money to help support MusiCares' addiction recovery efforts.
The collection is built around one-of-a-kind watches whose leather bands are fashioned from personal items — ranging from guitar straps to leather jackets and pants — once owned by A-list musicians. Other musicians who have donated items to the collection include Dave Grohl, Iggy Pop, Elton John, and Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic.
The collection, which has been offered seven times over the past 12 years, typically includes 25 to 30 watches sold at prices ranging from $1,200 to $1,800 depending on the rarity of the donor leather used to supply the watchband.
However, the watch cut from Cornell's guitar strap will tour several of Nixon's flagship retail locations in New York, London, and Paris, before being auctioned off at the MusiCares MAP Fund benefit in May 2018. A portion of the proceeds from the auction will benefit MusiCares MAP Fund.
Say What? MusiCares Can Help Protect Your Hearing!
MusiCares' yearly presence at music festivals on the summer circuit provides a critical educational resource for artists and crew on the road who lack —or have yet to learn about the importance of — proper hearing protection.
Roughly 15 percent of Americans between the ages of 20 and 69 suffer from hearing loss. That's a big number, but it actually doubles for professionals in the music community. What's more, sustained exposure to high sound pressure levels can have an additive effect, amplifying the damage and making it much more detrimental than it would when experiencing be the same volume levels with adequate break periods sprinkled in.
MusiCares was on site at this year's Austin City Limits festival, providing customer earplug moldings for qualifying music people on each day of the festival.
We stopped several clients to get their thoughts on the importance of MusiCares' assistance in providing this crucial service.
"We work in this industry, and we’re always at shows and festivals. It’s really important to protect your hearing!" pointed out one client. Another put it more bluntly: When asked why she'd chosen to get a set of set of pro-quality custom molded earplugs, she simply gave us a big smile and replied, "Why not?!"
High Percentage Of Musicians At Risk For Professional Injury
About 80 percent of professional musicians suffer from job-related injuries, according to a 2016 study from the University of Alberta in Canada. If you're a musician who has suffered an injury, learn how MusiCares' programs and services can support you.
X Japan's Yoshiki Donates $100,000 To MusiCares Hurricane Relief
After screening the award-winning documentary We Are X in New York City on Oct. 9, X Japan's Yoshiki met with Recording Academy New York Chapter and MusiCares staff to deliver a hurricane relief donation of $100,000 on behalf of Yoshiki Foundation America, his 501 (c)(3) nonprofit foundation.
"I'm from Japan but I live in America," Yoshiki said. "When Japan got hit by the Tsunami Earthquake in 2011, the people of America supported Japan. I was really moved by that, so I'd like to keep supporting America as much as I can. My heart goes out to all those who are affected."
The donation will go directly toward MusiCares' hurricane relief efforts, which covers basic living expenses medical expenses, clothing, instrument and recording equipment replacement, relocation costs, home repairs, debris removal, and more.
Photo: (l-r) Nick Cucci, Executive Director, Recording Academy New York Chapter, Jennifer Leff, Senior Director, MusiCares Health & Human Services, Yoshiki, and Adam Block, president of Sony Legacy Recordings