Fresh from their impressive U.S. and European summer reunion tour, the influential jazz fusion/rock foursome Return To Forever has teamed up with the experts at Paid, Inc. to auction autographed collectors items online to benefit the VH1 Save The Music Foundation. The auction is live now on Return2Forever.com
and will conclude on October 6, 2008.
Return to Forever, a legendary jazz group founded by Chick Corea and beloved worldwide for over 25 years, is hosting the auction to support youth music education.
Return to Forever Drummer Lenny White said, The VH1 Save The Music Foundation is essential for American youth. We unfortunately live in a time where musicians take a back seat to music-makers. I think it's very important to re-introduce our youth to the actual process of learning to play an instrument and making music with that instrument. The joy that comes from creating music is worth the effort it takes to learn music. We should give our kids this opportunity. The VH1 Save The Music Foundation gives them that choice."
He added, We encourage our fans to participate in the auction and spread the word to others who share our belief in the value of music in our lives." The online auction is open to everyone. Items up for bid include:
RETURN TO FOREVER Autographed 2008 Summer Tour Promotional Poster Display - Features the signatures of legendary musicians Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke, Lenny White, and Al DiMeola. This is a one-of-a-kind autographed stand-up promotional display used during the RETURN TO FOREVER 2008 Tour, and features B&W image of the group to advertise their The Anthology" CD. Approximately 7 ft. tall X 3 ft. wide, it is retractable into its metal base. Near Mint to Mint condition.
RETURN TO FOREVER Autographed 2008 Summer Tour Promotional Signs (Two Separate Sets of 4) - Each of the four pieces in each set features the signatures of all four legendary musicians: Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke, Lenny White, and Al DiMeola. Sets contain four different 8 1/2" x 11" promotional signs of photos of the group and individual band members that were used on the 2008 RETURN TO FOREVER Summer Tour. Near Mint to Mint condition.
Each item has been fully certified by PAID AUTHENTIC, a state-of-the-art autograph and memorabilia authentication program operated by Paid Inc. PAID AUTHENTIC is believed to be the most comprehensive and advanced program available in the music and entertainment industry, assuring the validity of each item offered. All items offered include a PAID AUTHENTIC certificate of authenticity (COA) and matching-number hologram label verifying that the items have originated from stated celebrities and that Paid has witnessed the celebrities autographing each item. Certification data on the items can be viewed at PaidAuthentic.com
, and is a critical enhancement to the collectibles' future value, increasing it by as much as 100%.
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VH1 Save The Music Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to restoring instrumental music education programs in America's public schools, and raising awareness about the importance of music as part of each child's complete education. Since 1997, VH1 Save The Music has provided $43 million worth of new musical instruments, donated to more than 1, 600 public schools in more than 100 cities around the country, impacting the lives of more than 1.2 million public school students. To learn more, visit vh1savethemusic.com
The national partner organizations of VH1 Save The Music include the American Association of School Administrators, the American Music Conference, America's Promise-The Alliance for Youth, ASCAP Foundation, Chief State School Officers Association, MENC-The National Association for Music Education, NAMM-International Music Products Association, National School Boards Association and the U.S. Department of Education.