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MusiCares Grammy online auction to include items signed by Neil Young and Slash

Neil Young is honored by The Recording Academy on February 21, 2014
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The Grammy Foundation and its charity MusiCares jointly announced today that an online Grammy Charity Auction has now begun, which will allow anyone to bid on coveted autographed music memorabilia.

Many of the items in the auction will be signed by Grammy nominees and winners.

Comprised of two auction cycles, bidding will ensue through February 6, 2014. Among the items that lucky winners will receive are collectors items signed by Neil Young and Slash.

A second cycle of the auction will include items that will be signed at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards. The second part of the auction will begin on January 27, 2014, the day after the Grammy Awards.

The Grammy Charity Auction is held in conjunction with the online auction agency Kompolt, with all proceeds benefiting the Grammy Foundation and MusiCares.

Grammy Week, celebrating the upcoming 56th Annual Grammy Awards, began on Monday, January 21, 2014. On Tuesday night, The Recording Academy's Seventh Annual Grammy Week Event Producers and Engineers Wing feted the two-time Grammy winner Young. The Canadian born rocker is nominated this year for Best Rock Album for his Psychedelic Pill album.

Slash's loud, illustrious and critically acclaimed career has garnered him three Grammy nominee as a member of Guns N Roses.

Bids may be placed at

Bidding is not the only available opportunity to support the music industry's favorite charity, MusiCares and the Grammy Foundation with much needed funds.

Those wanting to support the charity are also urged to donate directly.

There is still yet another way to support the Grammy Foundation and MusiCares. When selling items on ebay, find MusiCares under "search for charities" in ebay, select "add to my causes," and then select a percentage of the sale to donate to the Grammy Foundation's charity, MusiCares.

Some donors have already offered items on ebay, with some of the proceeds earmarked to help MusiCares. One such available item by an anonymous donor is a rare pressing disc of U2's 45 RPM seven inch single "The Fly" from the band's Achtung Baby album.

With the second phase of the auction starting post-Grammys, there will be approximately 100 coveted items, including once-in-a-lifetime VIP experiences, and official Grammy merchandise signed backstage at the awards by numerous recording artists.

Among the items up for bid, there is a VIP concert and meet and greet experience with Celine Dion in Las Vegas. Dion has taken home five Grammy Awards that include 1997's Album of the Year and Record of the Year in 1998. She has additionally received 11 additional Grammy nominations.

Music fans can also bid on tickets for the 57th Annual Grammy Awards, slated for 2015, with bidding starting at 99 cents.

For those feeling lucky, more experiences that can be bid on are VIP tickets for the upcoming 2014 Coachella, the celebrated hipster annual two-weekend, three-day music and arts festival, and Stagecoach, the outdoor country music festival, held in Indio, California.

A fan favorite, Grammy merchandise autographed backstage at both the 56th Grammy Awards rehearsals and the telecast by celebrity participants will be available for bidding on January, 27th, 2014.

Signed Grammy swag will also be hot items in the auction, as this year's Grammy performers will include the band Chicago, rockers Daft Punk, the popular Imagine Dragons, powerhouse rapper Kendrick Lamar, vocalist Lorde, rockers Metallica, pop singers Katy Perry and Pink, country artist Blake Shelton, Robin Thicke, studio wizard Pharrell Williams, and more,

Bruno Mars, Dave Matthews, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Keith Urban are among those whose autographs will grace guitars up for auction.

Music collectors items autographed by Hunter Hayes, Alicia Keys, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Mumford & Sons, Rihanna, Rod Stewart, Stevie Nicks and other top artists will also be up for the taking.

By Phyllis Pollack

The 56th Annual Grammy Awards telecast will be held at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014 and broadcast live at 8 p.m. ET/PT on the CBS Television Network.

The 56th Annual Grammy Awards Pre-Telecast Ceremony will take place at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. PT, and will be streamed live internationally at and

Under the umbrella of Grammy in the Schools, the Grammy Foundation produces a range of distinct education programs throughout the country, supporting high school students and their schools. Among them are Grammy Camp, Grammy Camp Basic Training, Grammy Camp Jazz Session, and Grammy Signature Schools.

The Grammy Foundation also offers preservation initiatives that raise public awareness about the urgent need to preserve our nation's recorded sound legacy. Such foundation programs include the the Grant Program with funding generously provided by The Recording Academy, the Living Histories program and the Music Preservation Project.

Working to establish and support fair laws in the midst complex changing technology and business models, the Grammy Foundation also sponsors its Entertainment Law Initiative.

MusiCares was begun in 1989 by The Recording Academy to provide a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need, offering programs and services including emergency financial assistance, and other help. MusiCares' services and resources cover a wide range of financial, medical and personal emergencies.

Each case is treated with integrity and confidentiality. MusiCares also focuses its resources and attention of the music industry, gearing them towards human service issues that directly impact the health and welfare of the music community. For more information, please visit

The MusiCares Musicians Assistance Program (MAP Fund) allows access to addiction recovery treatment and sober living resources for members of the music community, and Safe Harbor Rooms, weekly addiction support groups, and the MusiCares Sober Touring Network provide ongoing recovery support.

A wide range of celebrities have publicly supported the MAP Fund, including Aerosmith's Steven Tyler, Slash, Ace Frehley of Kiss, Ozzy Osbourne and Grace Slick. Addiction specialist and CNN talk show host Dr. Drew Pinsky is also among those that have praised the MusiCares MAP Fund.

The Grammy Foundation was created in 1989 to cultivate the understanding, appreciation and advancement of the contribution of recorded music to American culture. It offers programs and activities that engage the music industry as well as the general public.

The Foundation works in partnership year-round with its founder, The Recording Academy, to bring national attention to important issues such as the value and impact of music and arts education and the urgency of preserving our rich cultural heritage.

In recognition of the importance that teachers have in both inspiring and otherwise affecting their students' music education, the Grammy Foundation and The Recording Academy will present their first Music Educator Award at Grammy Week's Special Merit Awards on Friday.

The honor is open to current U.S. music teachers in kindergarten through college. The general public may submit nominations for this award. The nomination process opens Feb. 10 at and the deadline for submissions is April 15.

Donations may also be made to MusiCares online at

Phyllis Pollack will be covering the Grammy Awards live from Staples Center.

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