November 13, 2019

Coalition and Morgan Stanley Host First Annual “Auction to Make Music Matter”

Out of ideas to wow that special someone with a gift like no other? Looking to have your giving do good in a meaningful way this year?

We’re here to help. Because today through December 3, the Coalition presents our inaugural “Auction to Make Music Matter,” benefiting the expansion of music education in public schools. The auction is sponsored by Morgan Stanley Global Sports & Entertainment group and will be live on Charitybuzz, the leading auction site for causes, until December 3.

“This auction willhave a direct impact on public school students,” said Coalition Executive Director Lee Whitmore. “I’m overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from The Recording Academy, its members, the generous auction donors, our Coalition affiliates, and most importantly Morgan Stanley Global Sports & Entertainment, the auction underwriter. Anyone who bids on an auction item is giving to public school music programs for underserved young people. Together we will make a real difference.”

More than 100 once-in-a-lifetime experiences and items have been donated for auction by music education supporters including Thomas Rhett Akins, Lang Lang, Fonseca, Sheryl Crow, The Roots, Louis Bell, Pitbull, Ringo Star, Debbie Harry, Kelsea Ballerini, Audra McDonald, Steven Van Zandt, and dozens of other artists, record label executives, sports and business leaders.

Auction items on Charitybuzz include:

  • A VIP tour of Nashville’s legendary Ryman Auditorium with Brandi Carlile
  • Attending tapings of The Voice UK with Meghan Trainor and Shark Tank with Daymond John
  • A one-on-one music lesson with Jack Black
  • VIP tickets to Lady Gaga and Criss Angel’s Vegas shows
  • Concert experiences with meet and greets with Fitz and The Tantrums, Kristin Chenoweth, and Thomas Rhett
  • Merchandise signed by Maggie Rogers, Kelsea Ballerini, Marc Maron, and more

The auction aims to address the inequity of access to music education in public schools, especially for students attending majority low-income schools. 100% of the proceeds will go towards funding music education in underserved and underfunded public schools. Specific funding will go towards learning technologies, instructional materials and curriculum, coaching and mentoring professional development, and more.

“Helping give children the opportunity to create music is one way Morgan Stanley is working to improve the communities in which we live and conduct business,” says Head of Morgan Stanley’s Global Sports and Entertainment Division Sandra L. Richards.

We invite you to check out the auction right now.