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Musicians On Call Announces Grammy Award-Winning Recording Artist Common As Headline Act For Its 2012 Presidential Convention Charity Benefit

August 17, 2012
RIAA, Auto Alliance, Viacom Help Produce And Sponsor Sept. 4 Event At Democratic National Convention In Charlotte, N.C.

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Legendary Producer Jermaine Dupri To Serve As Official DJ, Capitol Hill Publication CQ Roll Call As Exclusive Print Media Partner

Charlotte, N.C. – Musicians On Call today announced that Grammy award-winning artist Common will be the headline performing act at the organization’s Presidential Convention Charity Benefit at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.  The benefit is sponsored by the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers (“Auto Alliance”) and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), who will also co-produce the event. 

Based in New York with branches in Los Angeles, Miami, Philadelphia, Nashville and Washington, D.C., Musicians On Call is a charity that brings the healing power of music to the bedsides of wounded soldiers at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Veterans Administration Hospitals, and other healthcare facilities.  The event will help raise money for Musicians On Call to expand its Bedside Performance Program to other cities and facilities and encourage others to give back to the military by getting involved at www.musiciansoncall.org. Musicians On Call will join the RIAA, Auto Alliance, Viacom, exclusive print media partner CQ Roll Call and other co-sponsors for this charity benefit in Charlotte and one at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla.

Earning acclaim from both his fans and his peers in the entertainment industry for two decades, Common is a multi-talented hip-hop icon, film and television actor and author who has been enjoying notable success since the release of his 1992 debut album, Can I Borrow a Dollar?.  The Chicago native and Warner Bros. Records artist went on to record eight more albums, three of which have earned RIAA Gold certifications: Like Water For Chocolate, Be and Finding Forever. Last December Common released his latest album, The Dreamer, The Believer.  Common has also successfully crossed over into the acting world, appearing on screen in films including American Gangster, Wanted, Terminator Salvation, Date Night, Just Wright, Happy Feet Two, New Year’s Eve, as well as the acclaimed AMC television series Hell on Wheels. Common has charted a constant course toward self-expansion and reinvention. He’s gone from a battle rhymer flipping clever punch lines to a conscious rapper and author exploring themes of love and light, to the complex, multi-talented artist that he is today. Through it all, he’s stayed true to his family, to his friends, and to his South Side Chicago roots.


“We are honored that MOC was named the beneficiary of the 2012 Presidential Convention Charity Benefit,” said Dr. Leslie Faerstein, MOC’s Executive Director.  “The RIAA, Auto Alliance, Viacom and other sponsors are helping MOC to bring music to a greater number of patients in healthcare facilities across the country.  We are truly grateful.”

Dr. Faerstein added, “We’re thrilled that Common will be our headline act at this year’s benefit.  As an organization that understands the transformative power of music, we are excited to be partnering with such a dynamic artist as Common.  That his music has brightened the days of so many makes him the perfect partner for MOC.” 

Said Common: “I’m not only excited to be able to support our President at this year’s Democratic National Convention, but also Musicians On Call, an organization that brings the healing power of music to hospital patients all over America.”

The invitation-only event, which will feature legendary music producer Jermaine Dupri as the evening’s official DJ (see here for bio), will take place the evening of September 4th (Tuesday) at the historic Fillmore concert venue in Charlotte.  If you are a member of the news media and would like to request media credentials to attend the pre-show red carpet or the benefit event in Charlotte, please contact Cara Duckworth at cduckworth@riaa.com.   Please note:  there will be absolutely no photography allowed inside the venue during the benefit. 

More information about Common is available here:  www.thinkcommon.com and www.commongroundfoundation.org.

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CONTACT:
Cara Duckworth
Recording Industry Association of America
202-775-0101

Gloria Bergquist
Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers
202-326-5500

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The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is the trade organization that supports and promotes the creative and financial vitality of the major music companies. Its members are the music labels that comprise the most vibrant record industry in the world. RIAA® members create, manufacture and/or distribute approximately 85% of all legitimate recorded music produced and sold in the United States.

In support of this mission, the RIAA works to protect the intellectual property and First Amendment rights of artists and music labels; conduct consumer, industry and technical research; and monitor and review state and federal laws, regulations and policies. The RIAA® also certifies Gold®, Platinum®, Multi- Platinum™ and Diamond sales awards as well as Los Premios De Oro y Platino™, an award celebrating Latin music sales.

Contact:
Jonathan Lamy
Cara Duckworth
Liz Kennedy
202/775-0101


Musicians On Call Announces Multi-Platinum Recording Artist Gavin DeGraw As Headline Act For Its 2012 Presidential Convention Charity Benefit

August 17, 2012
RIAA, Auto Alliance, Viacom Help Produce And Sponsor Aug. 28 Event At Republican National Convention In Tampa, Fla.

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Premier Spinner DJ StoneRokk To Serve As Official DJ,Capitol Hill Publication CQ Roll Call As Exclusive Print Media Partner

Tampa, Fla. – Musicians On Call today announced that multi-Platinum-certified recording artist Gavin DeGraw will be the headline performing act at the organization’s Presidential Convention Charity Benefit at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla.  The benefit is sponsored by the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers (“Auto Alliance”) and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), who will also co-produce the event. 

Based in New York with branches in Los Angeles, Miami, Philadelphia, Nashville and Washington, D.C., Musicians On Call is a charity that brings the healing power of music to the bedsides of wounded soldiers at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, VA hospitals, and other healthcare facilities.  The event will help raise money for Musicians On Call and encourage others to give back to the military by getting involved at www.musiciansoncall.org.  Musicians On Call will join the RIAA, Auto Alliance, Viacom, exclusive print media partner CQ Roll Call and other co-sponsors for this charity benefit in Tampa and one at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.

“We are honored that MOC was named the beneficiary of the 2012 Presidential Convention Charity Benefit,” said Dr. Leslie Faerstein, MOC’s Executive Director.  “The RIAA, Auto Alliance, Viacom and other sponsors are helping MOC to bring music to a greater number of patients in healthcare facilities across the country.  We are truly grateful.”

Dr. Leslie Faerstein added, “We are thrilled that Gavin DeGraw will be our headline act at this year’s benefit.  Gavin has been a longtime supporter of MOC, and has always been generous with his time and talent.  He participated in our Bedside Performance Program a number of times over the years, and his music and sheer presence brought a smile to so many children’s faces.  He is a true friend to our organization.” 

The invitation-only event, which will feature the highly popular spinner-to-the-stars DJ StoneRokk as the evening’s official DJ (see here for bio), will take place the evening of August 28th (Tuesday) at the historic Dallas Bull concert venue in Tampa.  If you are a member of the news media and would like to request media credentials to attend the pre-show red carpet or the benefit event in Tampa, please contact Cara Duckworth at cduckworth@riaa.com.   Please note:  there will be absolutely no photography allowed inside the venue during the benefit. 

About Gavin DeGraw:
Multi-Platinum selling RCA recording artist Gavin DeGraw is no stranger to the top of the charts - he first broke through with the 2003 release of his debut album, Chariot, which sold over a million copies, earned Platinum certification, and yielded three hit singles: “I Don’t Want To Be,” “Follow Through,” and the title-track, “Chariot.” Gavin’s self-titled second album debuted at No. 1 on the digital sales chart and at No. 7 on Billboard’s Top 200 album chart in 2008, earning Gavin his first Top 10 album. It spawned the hit singles “In Love With A Girl,” which Billboard dubbed “a rocking homerun,” and the Gold-certified “We Belong Together.” In 2009, Gavin released Free as a gift to his die-hard fans clamoring for recorded versions of Gavin’s live favorites.  DeGraw released his third studio album, SWEETER in September of 2011.  The album’s first single, “Not Over You,” co-written with OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder, reached #1 on the Hot AC charts, was a top 10 hit on Top 40, and sold nearly 2 million copies. Gavin’s brand new single “Soldier” impacts radio at the end of September.

More information about Gavin DeGraw is available here:  www.gavindegraw.com

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Contact: Pam Manela
In House Public Relations
212 477 4600 / pam@inhousenyc.com

CONTACT
Cara Duckworth
Recording Industry Association of America
202-775-0101

Gloria Bergquist
Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers
202-326-5500

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The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is the trade organization that supports and promotes the creative and financial vitality of the major music companies. Its members are the music labels that comprise the most vibrant record industry in the world. RIAA® members create, manufacture and/or distribute approximately 85% of all legitimate recorded music produced and sold in the United States.

In support of this mission, the RIAA works to protect the intellectual property and First Amendment rights of artists and music labels; conduct consumer, industry and technical research; and monitor and review state and federal laws, regulations and policies. The RIAA® also certifies Gold®, Platinum®, Multi- Platinum™ and Diamond sales awards as well as Los Premios De Oro y Platino™, an award celebrating Latin music sales.

Contact:
Jonathan Lamy
Cara Duckworth
Liz Kennedy
202/775-0101


Google Announces Plan To Better Prioritize Licensed Music Online

August 10, 2012
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WASHINGTON – Google announced today that it will “update” its “search algorithms” to “help users find legitimate, quality sources of content more easily—whether it’s a song previewed on NPR’s music website, a TV show on Hulu, or new music streamed from Spotify.”  It is a move long advocated by the music industry, and given the dominance of Google in the search market and the documented importance of sites appearing on the first page of search results, it is potentially a significant development.  Below is a comment from RIAA Chairman and CEO Cary Sherman. 

“Today Google has announced a potentially significant change in its search rankings that can make a meaningful difference to creators:  sites that are the subject of large numbers of copyright removal notices may be ranked lower in search results than before.  This should result in improved rankings for the licensed music services that pay artists and deliver fans the music they love. This change is an important step in the right direction – a step we’ve been urging Google to take for a long time – and we commend the company for its action. 

“As Google itself has acknowledged, this is not the only approach, and of course, the details of implementation will matter.  Moreover, there are many more actions that we hope Google will take.  But by taking this common-sense step and treating copyright in a way that’s consistent with the search firm’s approach to other forms of activity on the Internet, Google has signaled a new willingness to value the rights of creators.  That is good news indeed.  And the online marketplace for the hundreds of licensed digital services embraced by the music business is better today than it was yesterday.”

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The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is the trade organization that supports and promotes the creative and financial vitality of the major music companies. Its members are the music labels that comprise the most vibrant record industry in the world. RIAA® members create, manufacture and/or distribute approximately 85% of all legitimate recorded music produced and sold in the United States.

In support of this mission, the RIAA works to protect the intellectual property and First Amendment rights of artists and music labels; conduct consumer, industry and technical research; and monitor and review state and federal laws, regulations and policies. The RIAA® also certifies Gold®, Platinum®, Multi- Platinum™ and Diamond sales awards as well as Los Premios De Oro y Platino™, an award celebrating Latin music sales.

Contact:
Jonathan Lamy
Cara Duckworth
Liz Kennedy
202/775-0101