December 17, 2019

Coalition Auction Raises More Than $100K for Public School Music Education

Thanks to support from Morgan Stanley Global Sports and Entertainment, Columbia Records, and, earlier this month the GRAMMY Music Education Coalition wrapped a very successful inaugural “Auction to Make Music Matter.” Raising more than $100,000, the auction offered top artist and producer experiences, memorabilia, networking opportunities, and more.

Aside from the funds raised, the Coalition also increased awareness by reaching new people who support the mission of bringing high-quality music education to all young people. Many of these new relationships should be very valuable going forward.

The auction opening kicked off on November 12 with a celebration of public school music education streamed live from Columbia Records on The stream featured host Jennifer “Narz” Vegas interviewing GRAMMY-nominated music producer Louis Bell (Post Malone, Camilla Cabelo). Artist and philanthropist Joyner Lucas also participated, as did the Chainmokers’ Drew Taggart and FaZe Clan’s Nate Hill playing Fortnite.

The Twitch stream set the stage for the official auction opening on November 13 and a kick-off event at iconic New York Knick Walt “Clyde” Frazier’s Wine and Dine, hosted by auction supporter Morgan Stanley Global Sports and Entertainment. The event included personal remarks from Louis Bell, who shared his story about how public music education in his hometown of Quincy, MA, changed his life.

Watch Louis Bell return to his hometown to visit his first childhood piano teacher:

For the next three weeks, online bidding was on. Among the most hotly contested lots were music lessons with Jack Black; backstage meetings with Brandi Carlile, Sheryl Crow, Thomas Rhett, and others; dinner with Fitz and the Tantrums’ Noelle Scaggs; private music review by Harvey Mason Jr; a private vocal lesson with Louis Price, who was former lead singer of the Temptations; and many others.

And while the official auction is now over, keep an eye on our social media channels because we’ll be continuing to offer more items and experiences on Charitybuzz.

All of us at the Coalition extend a very special thanks to the myriad auction lot donors, from the music industry, Recording Academy leadership, and more, and of course to our auction committee:

Mindi Abair

Lisa Battista

Dani Bedoni

Deborah Bothun

Rick Buck

Mischke Butler

Rich Christina

James Cotto

Jason Dragon

Deborah Dugan

Dvora Englefield

Jeff Fair

Jim Frankel

Russell Hernandez

Sandra Jordan

Paul Katz

Paralee Knight

Larry Kohorn

Christian Komecki

Adam Lerner

Ruby Marchand

Kevin Mitchell

Riggs Morales

Laura Mueller

Pete Muller

Sujata Murthy

Susan Nesbitt

Philip Nichol

Lisa Nupoff

Mason Orfalea

Sumya Ojakli

Brandon Pankey

Starr Parodi

Sharmila Ray

Sandra Richards

Brian Rothschild

Ryan Ruden

Jordan Rudess

Monika Tashman

Michele Vice-Maslin

Jay Wanamaker

David Wu 

Bigram Zayas