SAN FRANCISCO, California (April 4, 2013) - Innovative new concert series Ladies Rise Up and Rock donated its first proceeds today to the GRAMMY Foundation's GRAMMY in the Schools campaign to keep music in schools. Ladies Rise Up and Rock launched Saturday, March 23, at the posh Regency Lodge in San Francisco, CA. The series features women making their mark in music. Its inaugural event featured Fender guitar goddess Gretchen Menn and Led Zeppelin tribute giants Zepparella, in addition to indie rockers Kiwi Time and SXSW artists the Wellspring. The evening was hosted by LA filmmaker and comedian Samantha Hale, director of the documentary Map the Music.
"The amount of support we have had for this event has been overwhelmingly positive and affirming," says Carl J. Mancuso, founder and Executive Producer of Ladies Rise Up and Rock. "This is the perfect time to bring independent female musicians to the forefront of the music culture."
On the heels of the inaugural event, award-winning singer-songwriter J. D. Souther (Linda Ronstadt, the Eagles) released a statement endorsing the important mission of Ladies Rise Up and Rock to support music education. "Without arts enrichment...the graduation rate and progression to higher education falls precipitously," Souther stated. "Schools need music because children love music. It makes them happy. It makes them better."
The concept for this seminal concert series was sparked by a Facebook conversation Mancuso had with the renowned singer-songwriter after Souther voiced his growing concerns regarding music education funding cuts in public schools. Souther appears on the ABC hit series Nashville and will be inducted into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame on June 13, 2013.
Ladies Rise Up and Rock also donated a royal blue PRS SE electric guitar to a deserving female student in Sacramento, CA, 10-year-old Paulina McWalters. Ladies Rise Up and Rock worked with Michele Jennae of Michele Jennae Media to bring the guitar to the young student as part of their ongoing effort to support music education.
Mancuso and his PR firm, Upswing Public Relations, will now take the concert series to other major music markets in the US, working with promoters and partners to initiate independent female artists into the mainstream. Mancuso has worked closely with Spotlight Events Consulting SF, San Francisco sister rock duo Deer Park Avenue, and design and publicity firm Flying Ace Media, as well as sponsors AEG Live and Best Beverage Catering (BBC).
Guitar World's review by Laura B. Whitmore on the San Francisco event can be found at www.guitarworld.com/guitar-girld-show-report-ladies-rise-and-rock.
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