Slash, Macy Gray, Matt Sorum, Shehzad Roy To Perform At Peace Through Music Gala
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame musician and humanitarian, Matt Sorum (Guns N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver) is partnering with philanthropist and South Asian rock star Shehzad Roy, to raise the quality of public education and to increase funding for the arts in underprivileged schools— at an international level.
The Peace through Music Gala, from 5-10 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 15 at Wolfgang Puck’s Ray Dolby Ballroom-Loews Hollywood Hotel (1755 N. Highland Ave.) will feature a live-auction with items donated by celebrities, performances by Sorum and Roy, Macy Gray, Slash (Guns N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver), as well as, appearances by Jane Lynch (Glee), Mark McGrath (Sugar Ray), Danny Masterson (That ‘70s Show), Johnathan Schaech (Ray Donovan) and more.
According to Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), 50 percent of the 535 elementary schools’ in the district are not receiving arts education because of budget cuts.
Eighty percent of its students live at or below the poverty line, so they do not have access to the arts outside of school either, explains Sorum. “Kids learn four times better with music and arts, without which, their education suffers and we lose a creative force of the future.”
“We founded Zindagi Trust to help the 10 million children in Pakistan employed in child labor,” says Shehzad Roy, “I soon realized more than 85 percent of school-going children only have access to government schools plagued with low teacher attendance, dilapidated facilities, and a curriculum that encourages rote-learning. Only through government school reform, can all children get quality education.”
Zindagi Trust now works to reform public schools, educate working children, and lobby the government to improve education policy in Pakistan.
Separated by 8,000 miles— Adopt the Arts and Zindagi Trust— are two nonprofits with similar missions founded by musicians, that led Adopt the Arts co-founder, Abby Berman, and activist-writer, Sadia Ashraf, to collaborate on the gala to build bridges between different cultures.
Jane Lynch who serves on the board of Adopt the Arts said in support of the event, “Music is a universal language that unites us all, regardless of our backgrounds. Arts help kids think critically and perform better in school making them adults who contribute more to society.”
All proceeds will benefit both organizations: disbursed toward girls’ education in Pakistan through Zindagi Trust’s schools; and Adopt the Arts support of a school in Compton as well as the only school in the district that serves blind children in Los Angeles.
The Adopt the Arts Board and Advisory Committee includes: Berman, Sorum, Lynch, Schaech, Adrianne Zarnegin, Linda Kaye-Crowder, Richard Grant Shepard Fairey, John Stamos, Slash, Gina Gershon, Juliette Lewis, Masterson, Steve Stevens, Billy Bob Thornton, Michael Wincott, Adrian Young and Antonio Pelayo.
Tickets for the concert are $200, $500 & $1,000 and may be purchased at http://adoptthearts.org/peacethroughmusic .