2012 – MUSICARES® TO HONOR PAUL MCCARTNEY AS 2012 PERSON OF THE YEAR

MUSICARES® TO HONOR PAUL MCCARTNEY
AS 2012 PERSON OF THE YEAR

Paul McCartney And Friends Will Perform At Sold Out Tribute
In His Honor That Will Benefit

MusiCares’ Emergency Financial Assistance
And Addiction Recovery Programs

WHO:
Performances by 14-time GRAMMY®-winning artist Paul McCartney and other artists to be announced shortly.Attendees include Neil Portnow, President/CEO of MusiCares® and The Recording Academy®; Scott Pascucci, MusiCares Foundation Board Chair; and Paul Caine, MusiCares Board Chair Emeritus. Tribute co-chairs are John Eastman, Bob Iger, Sir George Martin, and Lorne Michaels.Tommy LiPuma is the evening’s musical director in association with David Paich. Past MusiCares Person of the Year honorees include Tony Bennett, Bono, Natalie Cole, Phil Collins, David Crosby, Neil Diamond, Gloria Estefan, Aretha Franklin, Don Henley, Billy Joel, Elton John, Quincy Jones, Luciano Pavarotti, Bonnie Raitt, Paul Simon, Sting, Barbra Streisand, James Taylor, Brian Wilson, Stevie Wonder, and Neil Young. In addition, a host of celebrities, along with prominent music industry and entertainment executives, are scheduled to attend.

WHAT:
Iconic artist and philanthropist Paul McCartney will be honored as the 2012 MusiCares Person of the Year at a special event celebrating his exceptional artistic achievements as well as his philanthropic work. Proceeds from the annual Person of the Year tribute — now in its 22nd year — provide essential support for MusiCares, which ensures that music people have a place to turn in times of financial, medical and personal need.

GALA:
The 2012 MusiCares Person of the Year gala will begin with a cocktail reception and silent auction sponsored bythe Starkey Hearing Foundation that will offer an exclusiveandunparalleled selection of luxury items, VIP experiences, and one-of-a-kind celebrity memorabilia for bidding guests. The auction will be followed by a gala dinner sponsored by AEG Live, and a star-studded tribute concert sponsored by Acura/ELS. This year’s red-carpet press arrivals area will be sponsored by Kinect for Xbox 360 and Dance Central 2. MusiCares would also like to thank Centerstaging –A SoundCheck LA Company, Classic Wines of California, Delta Airlines, Double Platinum, Gibson, Global Art, Heineken, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Jackson Limo, Korbel, Patron Spirits Company, Pepsi, and Sweetwater. The MusiCares Person of the Year tribute is one of the most prestigious events held during GRAMMY Week. The celebration culminates with the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards on Sunday, Feb. 12 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. The telecast will be broadcast live on the CBS Television Network at 8 p.m. ET/PT. This event is completely sold out.

WHY:
MusiCares offers programs and services to members of the music community including emergency financial assistance for basic living expenses including 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 healthcare 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 Safe Harbor Rooms offer a support 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.

WHERE:
Los Angeles Convention Center, West Hall
1201 S. Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, CA  90015

Parking:
West Hall Lot, off Cherry Street; cost: $12 (no valet available)

WHEN:                        Friday, Feb. 10, 2012
5 p.m.                           Media Check-In (at Gilbert Lindsay Plaza)
5:30 p.m.                      Red Carpet Arrivals, Cocktail Reception, and Silent Auction
7:30 p.m.                      Gala Dinner
9 p.m.                           Concert & Award Presentation

MEDIA R.S.V.P. MANDATORY: grammy@rogersandcowan.com

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: If you are interested in covering this event, you MUST request credentials no later than Weds., Feb. 1. Credentials will be picked up at media check-in on the day of the event. All crews must be self-contained, ENG crews. All satellite truck/van parking must be coordinated with Joe Schneiderno later than Weds., Feb. 1. ALL MEDIA MUST BE CREDENTIALED for this event.

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 at www.facebook.com/musicaresand follow @MusiCares on Twitter at www.twitter.com/musicares.

Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards — the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music — The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs. The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture. For more information about The Academy, please visit www.grammy.com. For breaking news and exclusive content, join the organization’s social networks as a Twitter follower at www.twitter.com/thegrammys, a Facebook fan at www.facebook.com/thegrammys, and aYouTube channel subscriber atwww.youtube.com/thegrammys.

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