Musicians Institute College of Contemporary Music (MI) and Relief International (RI) pay homage to the one year anniversary of the devastating Tohoku Earthquake with The Jam for Japan Benefit Event, raising funds to award music education grants to schools still recovering from the disaster. An afternoon “Awareness Festival” and evening Benefit Concert will celebrate music and recovery on Saturday, March 10 at MI in Hollywood, CA. The Benefit Concert features an exclusive headlining performance by Elan Atias backed by a full band performing original material along with songs from The Wailers, and an acoustic appearance by Dave Wakeling, singing classic hits of The English Beat and General Public. The Jam for Japan Benefit Concert will also include a performance by an All-Star Jam Band led by Velvet Revolver and Guns n’ Roses drummer Matt Sorum.
“Music has the capacity to heal. By sharing the gift of music, we hope to help the children that have witnessed this horrible disaster to recover from their trauma and begin to live again,” said Mr. Hisatake Shibuya, President of Musicians Institute.
“Despite the tragic losses those in Japan have endured in the aftermath of this year’s devastating earthquake and tsunami, we at Relief International believe that music, with its emphasis on both self-expression and creative harmony, can help pave the road to recovery,” stated Dr. Farshad Rastegar, President and CEO of Relief International. “By placing instruments in the hands of children who have lost everything to the Tsunami, we aim to bring joy and hope back to their lives through music.”
The Jam for Japan Awareness Festival will take place from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Musicians Institute (Parking Lot on Hawthorne Avenue, between Highland Avenue and McCadden Place). The event promises fun for all with food Trucks, Taiko Drum Performances, screen printing by Southern California based Hit + Run Crew and a unique piece of 3D Illusion Art provided by internationally recognized street painter, Tracy Lee Stum. Admission to the event is free!
The afternoon festival is followed by The Jam for Japan Benefit Concert at 6 p.m. at the Musician’s Institute Concert Hall (1655 N. McCadden Place). Performances by Dave Wakeling (6:15 PM), an All-Star Jam Band led by Matt Sorum (6:55 PM) and Elan Atias (7:45 PM) will provide an evening of great talent benefiting a very worthwhile cause.
100% of proceeds through ticket sales will benefit Jam for Japan Music Education Grants. Grants are facilitated through Relief International and will be awarded to eligible schools in the Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures.
Musicians Institute has established itself as a world leader in contemporary music education, providing cutting-edge resources in its state of the art facilities located right in the heart of Hollywood. Its dynamic curriculum is current, comprehensive and compatible with the needs of students who not only desire to study music, but also build a career in the music industry with the knowledge they learn on-campus.
Established in 1990, Relief International is a leading global humanitarian organization that transforms adversity into renewal for the world’s most vulnerable populations. Innovatively, RI bridges the gap between immediate relief and long-term community development. RI’s programs are holistic, empowering and bottoms-up, designed to fulfill RI’s mission of Saving Lives & Sustaining Livelihoods. RI’s teams of 2,000+ professionals currently work in 26 countries defining it as a truly global grassroots organization.
For additional information and concert ticket sales, please visit: http://jamforjapan.eventbrite.com
For more information about Musicians Institute, please visit: www.mi.edu
For more information about Relief International, please visit: www.ri.org
More information about artists performing at The Jam for Japan Benefit Concert, please visit:
Elan Atias: http://elanmusic.com
Dave Wakeling: http://www.davewakeling.com
Matt Sorum: http://mattsorum.com
Narrative design for Jam for Japan was provided by GameChangers(TM), which brings communication practices from improvisation theater to the theater of business. For more information, visit: www.gamechangers.com
For more information about innovative street artist, Tracy Lee Stum, visit http://www.tracyleestum.com