SANTA MONICA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The third annual MusiCares MAP FundSM benefit concert, honoring two-time GRAMMY®-winning singer/songwriter Chris Cornell and legendary independent music promoter Jeff McClusky, will be held on Fri., May 11, 2007, at The Music Box @ Fonda, 6126 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, Calif. 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. The benefit is sponsored in part by Gibson Foundation.
Cornell will be honored as the recipient of the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award for his dedication and support of the MusiCares MAP Fund and his devotion to helping other addicts with the recovery process. McClusky will be the recipient of the MusiCares® From the Heart Award for his unconditional friendship and dedication to the mission and goals of the organization. The evening will feature a buffet dinner and performances by Army of Anyone featuring Richard Patrick from Filter, Dean and Robert DeLeo of Stone Temple Pilots and Ray Luzier; David Gahan of Depeche Mode with Victor Indrizzo (Beck and Macy Gray), Vincent Jones (Sarah McLachlan) and Martyn LeNoble (Porno for Pyros, Janes Addiction and the Cult); Gary Lucas (Captain Beefheart and Gods And Monsters); and Kenny Wayne Shepherd with Noah Hunt and Double Trouble's Chris Layton and Tommy Shannon. Actor, stand-up comedian, musician and singer Tommy Davidson will serve as master of ceremonies. In addition, the evening will feature a special performance by Cornell, who will release the 13th album of his career, Carry On, on June 5. A range of other artists and special guests will be announced at a later date. Out of respect for the clients the MusiCares MAP Fund serves, the event will be alcohol-free.
"Each year, the MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert honors individuals in our community who help focus attention on the critical problems of addiction in our industry and who work to help music people in need," said MusiCares and Recording Academy President Neil Portnow. "This heartfelt and uplifting event helps to shed light on the important resources available through the MusiCares MAP Fund, and encourages people to seek our help. We thank Chris and Jeff for being strong champions of our cause."
Tickets are offered at three price levels: floor placement in a private living room grouping of 10 for $10,000; floor seating for $1,000 each; and balcony seating for $100 each.
About the Honorees:
Ranked 12th in MTV's "22 Greatest Voices in Music" survey, Chris Cornell has been called "the single most dynamic rock and roll force produced by the grunge revolution of the early 1990s." As the frontman for Soundgarden, he marshaled five studio albums including the groundbreaking Superunknown, which sold more than 3 million copies and earned two GRAMMY Awards. His songwriting continued to develop with the mid-Soundgarden side project, the critically acclaimed, eponymously titled release Temple Of The Dog, a collective of Pearl Jam and Soundgarden members who formed in tribute to late Mother Love Bone singer Andrew Wood. More recently his tenure as the frontman for the rock super-group Audioslave continued his multi-platinum success and produced the hit singles "Like A Stone" and "Cochise" in the millennium.
Cornell will lay fresh ground for himself with his upcoming solo album Carry On (Suretone/Interscope). This album promises to extend his status as a musical risk-taker. As a solo artist he previously explored his creative range on Euphoria Morning, whose single "Can't Change Me" earned a 1999 GRAMMY nomination for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance. Carry On — produced and mixed by GRAMMY-winning British producer Steve Lillywhite (U2, Rolling Stones, Morrissey, and the Dave Matthews Band) — showcases Cornell's distinct voice, which Blender magazine dubbed, "one of alt-rock's most elastic instruments." The album will include the Top 10 European hit "You Know My Name," the main title song for the recent James Bond theatrical release, Casino Royale. Cornell wrote and recorded the track with longtime James Bond composer David Arnold for the film. In addition to his work in the music world, Cornell served as the face of the 2006 John Varvatos ad campaign and became a restaurateur with the opening of Black Calavados (BC) in Paris, where he resides part time.
Jeff McClusky's passion for music began while growing up in the Yonkers-Bronxville area of New York, listening to legendary Top 40 WABC/New York at night with a transistor radio on the pillow. By the time he finished grade school, McClusky was singing and playing rhythm guitar in the Hangmen and later, the Grateful Dead-influenced Tidal Wave. He eventually became music director for his Stonehill College radio station, sang a bit in the local coffeehouses and interned at pioneering FM radio station WBCN/Boston. Relying on his relationships with artists and managers such as John Barbis, Judas Priest, Craig Lambert, Eddie Money and Santana, McClusky began his business in his basement apartment in the early 1980s.
From 1984 to 2001, he enjoyed a developing faith, sobriety, a wonderful marriage, and the birth of two daughters, Lauren and Rachel. Professionally during this time, he experienced the growth of his business beyond his expectations with 50 employees in four offices including a deep radio promotion entity, as well as a consulting company which reaches into all corners of music and entertainment. In addition to his support of MusiCares, McClusky works on behalf of education and intern programs and the Special Olympics. "The last six years have been extremely challenging for the business and a humbling reminder that there are no guarantees, and that we must meet our challenges head on," said McClusky. "I start with the knowledge that life has never been better. I have been blessed with a marriage of 23 years, a belief that God continues to have a plan for me, 23 years of sobriety, two teenage daughters, a family relationship that is no less than wonderful, and a business that is challenging and yet, a very exciting place to be — with all that being considered, I am extremely blessed."
Established in 1989 by The Recording Academy®, MusiCares provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need. MusiCares' services and resources cover a wide range of financial, medical and personal emergencies, and each case is treated with integrity and confidentiality. MusiCares also focuses the resources and attention of the music industry on human service issues that directly impact the health and welfare of the music community. For more information, please visit www.musicares.com.
As a result of acquiring MAP in September 2004, MusiCares developed the MusiCares MAP Fund as a pool of resources set aside specifically to address addiction recovery and sober living needs. Named for the Musicians Assistance Program, the MusiCares MAP Fund represents the joint goal of MAP and MusiCares to provide members of the music community access to addiction recovery treatment regardless of their financial circumstances.
Gibson Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the Gibson Guitar Corp., the world's premiere musical instrument manufacturer and leader in music technology. The mission of Gibson Foundation is to make the world a better place for children by creating, developing and supporting programs and other non-profit organizations in their efforts to advance education, music and the arts, the environment and health and welfare causes. For more information, please visit www.gibsonfoundation.org.
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