August 17, 2017

RECORDING ACADEMY/MUSICARES ANNOUNCES NEW BOARD


NEWS RELEASE 

MUSICARES® NAMES NEW BOARD LEADERSHIP AND MEMBERS
 
SANTA MONICA, CALIF. AUGUST 17, 2017 — The MusiCares Foundation®—an affiliated charity of the Recording Academy—announced new elected leadership and Board members.

The MusiCares® Board elected former Vice Chair Michael McDonald, founder and CEO of artist management company Mick Management as Chair; Board member Kirdis Postelle, senior vice president, Warner Bros. Records, as Vice Chair; and Board member James Higa, executive director, Philanthropic Ventures Foundation, as Secretary/Treasurer. MusiCares' departing Chair Alexandra Patsavas, founder, Chop Shop Music Supervision, has been named Chair Emeritus.

Newly elected MusiCares Foundation Board members include Steve Boom, vice president, Amazon Music; Ambrosia Healy, executive vice president and head of media strategy and relations, Capitol Music Group; Jeff Jones, CEO, Apple Corps Ltd.; and Carianne Marshall, partner and head of creative licensing, SONGS Music Publishing.

"A vibrant board is the lifeblood for a nonprofit, and since the Recording Academy established MusiCares in 1989, we have been fortunate to have dedicated and passionate Board members," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the Recording Academy and MusiCares. "Our new members and elected leaders, along with our current members, are continuing this tradition of enlightened stewardship. They bring fresh ideas and commitment to their roles, which along with our tried and true programs and events, keep MusiCares strong and able to provide critical resources to members of the music community in crisis."

ABOUT MUSICARES
A friend and ally of the music community, MusiCares was established by the Recording Academy to safeguard the health and well-being of all music people. A four-star charity and safety net in times of need, MusiCares offers confidential preventative, recovery, and emergency programs to address financial, medical, and personal health issues. Through the generosity of our donors and volunteer professionals, our dedicated team works across the country to ensure the music community has the resources and support it needs.

For more information, visit www.musicares.org, "like" MusiCares on Facebook, and follow @MusiCares on Twitter and Instagram.

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August 14, 2017

Giant TRUMP RAT Appears in NYC!

Corner of 59th and 5th in NYC!!!


July 31, 2017

"Binge-Watching GAME OF THRONES" by Ron Roecker


Amazing Documentary "Bright Lights" about the Unwavering Relationship between Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds



Carrie: "Hello, we're here with a woman who alleges to be my mother. 
I don't buy it for a minute. But, um, this is how we'll find out." 
Debbie: "I have proof." 
Carrie: "You have films."
Debbie: "I have films and I have a certificate."
Carrie: "You have the films that I'm happy." 
Debbie: "Oh, yes, well, because you doubted it for so long."
Carrie: "You knew that I was going to doubt it later so you filmed me being happy?"
Debbie: "No, I thought if you filmed children and you had happy children then you filmed them who knew when you would say 'I'm very unhappy' and that's a fake film! That I made it up." 

That's how this HBO documentary, produced by Carrie's brother Todd Fisher, starts out. And after that, it leads you on an entertaining and insightful journey, not of two of Hollywood's most unlikely icons, but of a relationship that transcends mother/daughter. It's a story that transcends the strength of a woman who not only survives adversity but thrives on it. 



Debbie Reynolds, who didn't have any dance experience when she landed her iconic part in "Singing in the Rain," had a career in the movies, the tabloids, and Vegas; she even had a resurgence when she played Deborah Messing's mom on the hit NBC sitcom "Will & Grace." Her husband (and Carrie's father), Eddie Fisher, infamously left Reynolds for Elizabeth Taylor in one of the most exploited stories in Hollywood history.


Carrie Fisher had her first role in the movie "Shampoo" with Warren Beatty and married Paul Simon. But it was her role in what she would refer to as the "B-movie that I just agreed to do" (Star Wars) that would make her an indelible part of pop culture's history. With an amazing singing voice that she never truly utilized and a constant battle with drug addiction, depression and a bi-polar diagnosis, she evolved as a witty writer and a tell-it-like-it is satirist and Hollywood icon.


This documentary is so engaging and entertaining that you can't stop watching it. It is not a glamour piece created by the only living relative of Carrie and Debbie. It shows the love, the struggle, the humor, the loyalty of a true family partnership. 

I suggest you check it out -- to be reminded about how no family is perfect...but sticking with family will certainly make things more interesting and bearable. 



July 19, 2017

GRAMMY Winning Legendary Band FLEETWOOD MAC to be Honored at MusiCares "Person of the Year" Benefit before 2018 GRAMMY Awards


 
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (July 19, 2017) — Two-time GRAMMY® winners Fleetwood Mac will be honored at the 2018 MusiCares® Person of the Year tribute on Friday,Jan. 262018, it was announced today by Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the MusiCares Foundation® and the Recording Academy. Proceeds from the 28th annual benefit gala—to be held at Radio City Music Hall in New York City during GRAMMY® Week two nights prior to the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards®—will provide essential support for MusiCares (www.musicares.org), which ensures music people have a place to turn in times of financial, medical, and personal need. The evening's tribute chairs are Shelli and Irving Azoff, Dorothy and Martin Bandier, Kristin and James Dolan, and Anna Chapman and Ronald Perelman.

Fleetwood Mac are being honored as the 2018 MusiCares Person of the Year in recognition of their significant creative accomplishments and their longtime support of a number of charitable causes, including MusiCares, the premier safety net of critical resources for the music industry.

"Our 2018 MusiCares Person of the Year tribute is a celebration of firsts—the first time our annual signature gala will be held in New York City in 15 years, and the first time in the benefit's history that we will honor a band," said Portnow. "This excitement is only matched by the genuine thrill and privilege of paying tribute to Fleetwood Mac, a legendary and influential group of artists whose music has provided the soundtrack for music lovers around the world."

"It's a tremendous honor to be the first band to receive the MusiCares Person of the Year award," said Mick Fleetwood on behalf of Fleetwood Mac. "Independently and together, we all set off on a journey to spend our lives as artists, songwriters, and musicians. None of us did it alone and there were plenty of helping hands along the way, so we applaud and celebrate MusiCares' guiding principles of giving musicians a helping hand and a place to turn in times of need. We are very appreciative of this recognition."


As one of the best-selling bands of all time, Fleetwood Mac have sold more than 100 million records worldwide and established their place in rock and roll music history. Having created a distinctive sound that endures today, the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998. Their 1977 album Rumours remains one of the best-selling albums of all time. In 2015, the band's classic and most successful line up—comprising Lindsey Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood, Christine McVie, John McVie, and Stevie Nicks—reunited for the first time since 1998 for the On With The Show tour. The tour sold out arenas across the globe and showcased classic hit songs from Fleetwood Mac's career such as "The Chain," "Go Your Own Way," "Dreams," "Don't Stop," "Big Love," "Little Lies," and "Rhiannon," among others.

The MusiCares Person of the Year tribute ceremony is one of the most prestigious events held during GRAMMY Week and was last held in New York City in 2003. The celebration culminates with the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018. The telecast will be broadcast live on the CBS Television Network at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.

Established in 1989 by the Recording Academy, the MusiCares Foundation offershealth and human services and programs to members of the music community, including emergency financial assistance for basic living expenses such as rent, utilities, and car payments; medical expenses, including doctor, dentist and hospital bills; psychotherapy; and treatment for HIV/AIDS, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, hepatitis C, and other critical illnesses. MusiCares offers nationwideeducational workshops covering a variety of subjects, including financial, legal, medical, and substance abuse issues, and programs in collaboration with health care professionals that provide services such as flu shots, hearing tests and medical/dental screening.
 
The MusiCares MAP Fund® provides access to addiction recovery treatment and sober living resources for members of the music community. Staffed by qualified chemical dependency and intervention specialists, MusiCares offers Safe Harbor Room® support, sponsored in part by the Bohemian Foundation, to provide a network to those in recovery while they are participating in the production of televised music shows and other major music events. MusiCares holds weekly addiction support groups for people to discuss how to best cope with the issues surrounding the recovery process. The MusiCares Sober Touring Network is a database of individuals across the United States who can take music people to recovery support meetings while on the road.

For more information, please visit www.musicares.org. For breaking news and exclusive content, please "like" MusiCares on Facebook and follow @MusiCares onTwitter and Instagram.
 

July 16, 2017

Being Facebook Friends Isn't the Way to Show Love & Friendship -- A Letter to Friends & Family


I recently found out about a friend’s untimely death via Facebook. He was 39 years old. Would I say we were best friends? No. Would I say we were connected in a way that transcended phone calls and in-person visits? Yes.

But the loss I felt and am still dealing with right now is far more profound than the loss of some random person’s “Like.” Part of it is my relationship with Melly Gomez. One of those connections that defied general guidelines of friendship. We had a connection. A bond. Madonna. For more than 15 years.
But the saddest realization for me right now is this: with social media, I am comforted by the mere fact that someone still exists; that every now and then I am alerted to an update, a family trip, an “ah ha!” moment or a request for support. The fact that he or she is still a “friend” of mine online is enough for me to feel ok about our connection.

I have almost 2,100 connections on Facebook. The reality is, I probably have a very vague idea of what’s gone on in this last year with 10%; I probably have a general idea of the current status of 5%; and I would say I have a text message/phone call/visit relationship with about 1%.
Yet, I seem to be comforted by knowing that all 2,100 friends are still online – are still accessible – are still connected.

Then I lose someone who I truly cared about that seemed far more than just a “like." I always felt very connected to Melly. But we were Facebook friends who regularly commented on each other’s posts. The last time we emailed each other was probably 2 years ago. We texted 4 years ago. We talked on the phone 6 years ago. I saw him 10 years ago.
The fact is…the comfort I felt just being connected to him does not make up for the loss I feel now that he is gone. I don’t feel like I said all the things I wanted to say. My last vision of his face is not in person but from a posted picture. The last time I heard his laugh was not on the phone or across the table but written as LOL.

The reality is, at least for me, that my connections mean something. So why do I not have more meaningful connections? Social media makes it easy for us to have connections that make us feel comforted because at least we ARE connected. But the reality is…if I were to die today, I would hope that everyone who is important to me has already said the things that they wanted to say…and that they have heard me say the things I wanted to say.

The worst thing in the world would be for someone I love to only have a post or a “like" or a retweet from which to determine my love and friendship.

I have said this for years and I will continue to say it – social media might connect us as networks but it disconnects us as human beings. Pick up the phone, send an email, organize a gathering. Tell the people you love that you love them face-to-face. Send a card. Give them something personal that only relates to the two of you. Give someone you love a hug – hold them tight for more than 10 Mississippis.
Life is short. My goal right now is this: When I die, I want you to remember me SAYING to you and SHOWING you: “I love you, I care about you, you mean the world to me.”

July 11, 2017

"Wicked" Surpasses "Phantom" at Broadway Box Office with $1.12 Billion in Green!


"Wicked," the Broadway musical pop culture phenom based on the backstory of the witches of Oz, has just passed "Phantom of the Opera," (the longest running show in Broadway history), in ticket sales!

The worldwide hit, which debuted on Broadway in 2003, just reached $1.12 billion in Broadway ticket sales, surpassing "Phantom" (which debuted 30 years ago on Broadway!), which has $1.11 billion currently on the books.


Yes, "Wicked" reached the $1 billion mark faster than any other Broadway show in history but it also benefited from more "modern" premium ticket pricing than did "Phantom" when it first arrived. However, there is no mistaking that this show is a phenom!

Although "Wicked" certainly has made a lot of green, it hasn't quite put a spell on the huge roar that Disney's "The Lion King: the musical" has made. The "King" still sits high on pride rock with $1.38 billion in Broadway ticket sales.

With a film adaptation currently in the works at Universal, expect these two witches to conquer the film box office in 2019!

June 22, 2017

U2 TO PERFORM AT CELEBRATION HONORING ORIGINAL FOUNDING MEMBER AND RECOVERING ADDICT ADAM CLAYTON FOR MUSICARES


U2 TO PERFORM AT THE 13TH ANNUAL MUSICARES MAP FUND® BENEFIT CONCERT HONORING ADAM CLAYTON IN NEW YORK 

Bono, The Edge, Larry Mullen Confirmed To Join Adam Clayton As He Receives 
The Stevie Ray Vaughan Award

Chronixx, Michael Franti, Jack Garratt, The Lumineers, GRAMMY® Winner Macy Gray To Perform; Cat Deeley To Host

 
WHO: HonoreeThe MusiCares Foundation®, an affiliated charity of the Recording Academy with an outstanding four-star rating from Charity Navigator, will honor Adam Clayton, bassist and founding member of U2—recipients of more awards than any rock band in GRAMMY® history—at the 13th annual MusiCares MAP Fund® benefit concert at the PlayStation Theater in New York on June 26.Clayton will receive the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award in recognition of his dedication and support of the MusiCares MAP Fund as well as his commitment to helping others with the addiction recovery process. The event, sponsored in part by RBC Capital Markets, will benefit the MusiCares MAP Fund, which provides members of the music community access to addiction recovery treatment.

Performers: Bono, The Edge, and Larry Mullen will join their comrade and co-founder Adam Clayton for a rare, intimate U2 performance to close the evening.U2 joins a list of specially chosen performers, including ChronixxMichael Franti,Jack Garratt, and The Lumineers, and GRAMMY winner Macy GrayCat Deeleywill be the host and GRAMMY winner Hal Willner will be the evening's musical director.

Attendees: MusiCares® Chair Alexandra Patsavas, and President/CEO of the Recording Academy and MusiCares Neil Portnow will be in attendance.

WHAT: The MusiCares Foundation offers programs and services to members of the music community, including emergency financial assistance for basic living expenses such as rent, utilities, and car payments; medical expenses, including doctor, dentist and hospital bills; psychotherapy; and treatment for HIV/AIDS, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, hepatitis C, and other critical illnesses. MusiCares offers nationwide educational workshops covering a variety of subjects, including financial, legal, medical, and substance abuse issues, and programs in collaboration with health care professionals that provide services such as flu shots, hearing tests, and medical/dental screenings. The MusiCares MAP Fund allows access to addiction recovery treatment and sober living  resources for members of the music community. Staffed by qualified chemical dependency and intervention specialists, MusiCares offers Safe Harbor Room® support, sponsored in part by the Bohemian Foundation, to provide a network to those in recovery while they are participating in the production of televised music shows and other major music events. MusiCares holds weekly addiction support groups for people to discuss how to best cope with the issues surrounding the recovery process. The MusiCares Sober Touring Network® is a database of individuals across the United States who can take music people to recovery support meetings while on the road.

TICKETS: VIP Living Room Sets that seat 10 for $15,000Individual VIP Floor Seats for $1,500 per person; and Upper VIP Balcony Cabaret Seating for $500. Contact Wynnie Wynn for ticket information at 310.392.3777 orwynniew@grammy.com. Balcony Seating is available through AXS.com for $75 per person.

WHERE: PlayStation Theater
1515 Broadway
New York, NY 10036

WHEN: Monday, June 26, 2017
5:30 p.m.                     Media Check-In
6:15 p.m.                     Red Carpet Arrivals
7 p.m.                          Buffet Dinner
8 p.m.                          Award Presentation & Concert

MEDIA R.S.V.P. MANDATORY: christina.cassidy@grammy.com andolivia.osborne@grammy.com by 11 a.m. PT on June 22.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: ALL MEDIA MUST BE CREDENTIALED for this event. If you have been confirmed for media credentials they will be picked up at media check-in on the day of the event.  ALL MEDIA MUST BRING PHOTO I.D. All crews must be self-contained, ENG crews. NOTE: To plug into mult-box, media must bring XLR cable with a deck.

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.org. For breaking news and exclusive content, please "like" MusiCares on Facebook, and follow @MusiCares on Twitter and Instagram.

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June 19, 2017

MARIAH CAREY CELEBRATS GAY PRIDE WITH LIMITED-EDITION RAINBOW-INSPIRED PRODUCTS



Ultimate Diva Ms. Mariah, who currently is on a national tour with headliner Lionel Richie, launched MariahPride.com and a slew of rainbow-inspired items in celebration of June as Gay Pride month! Images from her David LaChapelle 1999 "Rainbow" album cover shoot are included -- phone cases, t-shirts, tanks, sweat pants and more. Mariah says a portion of the proceeds will be benefiting GLAAD. "GLAAD rewrites the script for LGBTQ acceptance. As a dynamic media force, GLAAD tackles tough issues to shape the narrative and provoke dialogue that leads to cultural change."

Mariah currently is on tour as the opening act (yes, the "opening" act) for Lionel Richie (yes, LIONEL RICHIE).

Mariah was honored with the 2016 "Ally Award" by GLAAD so check it out here Mariah & Lee Daniels GLAAD Award Mariah Honored with Ally Award (click here)

June 15, 2017

THE MOST IMPORTANT TWO WORDS IN LIFE INCLUDE "I'M SORRY" AND "MELTED CHEESE"

As I reflect on what's really important in life, it's my belief that it all comes down to just TWO WORDS:

Thank You, I'm Sorry, Help Me, You're Sexy, Love You, I'm Here, It's Ok, You're Amazing, Who Cares, Why's That, Red Wine, Find Courage, I Understand, Doesn't Matter, You Matter, Teach Me, Hear Me, That's Hilarious, I'm Lonely, I'm Hungry, I'm Angry, I'm Tired, No Way, Yes Please, Just Breathe, Just Cry, My Friend, My Family, You're Forgiven, Have Faith, Show Up, Be There, Forgive Me, I'm Confused, I'll Explain, Too Much, Not Enough, Question Everything, I Believe, Let's Explore, That's Amazing, So Cool, That Hurts, Let's Go, Try It, I Care, We Can, I Will, I Won't, Say Prayers, Pay Attention, New Adventures, Old Traditions, and Melted Cheese.
-- Ron Roecker