The D’Addario Foundation will host “Back 2 School Class of 2019″ on Saturday, Nov. 2 at Los Angeles’s Palace Theatre. As a 501c3 non-profit, the money raised by The D’Addario Foundation at this benefit will provide kids access to music programs, provide college assistance scholarships, and encourage more females to pick up guitars and rock out through D’Addario’s Girls In Music Initiative.
Saturday’s show will feature house band and Los Angeles institution, The Watkins Family Hour, with acclaimed producer, songwriter, and artist Mike Viola. A world-class cast of musicians will join Sara and Sean Watkins and their collaborative Family Hour crew over the course of the evening. Prolific songwriter and My Morning Jacket frontman, Jim James, platinum-selling musician and Emmy nominated actress Mandy Moore, silver screen troubadour John C Reilly, straight-shooting singer-songwriter LP, everyman Americana hero Langhorne Slim, Los Angeles’s own comedy-folk duo Garfunkel & Oates, six-string renaissance man Blake Mills, and one half of The Bird And The Bee, Inara George, will all take the stage to raise money for The D’Addario Foundation.
As the philanthropic arm of D’Addario, the world’s largest manufacturer of music instrument accessories, The D’Addario Foundation utilizes up to 10 percent of D’Addario’s net earnings each year to fund over 200 non-profit programs. Additionally, D’Addario absorbs all operational costs, ensuring 100% of every dollar goes directly to support music programs globally.
In addition to catching once-in-a-lifetime performances and collaborations amongst world-class musicians, Back 2 School attendees will be contributing directly to The D’Addario Foundation’s mission to put music education back in the forefront and into the lives of those who otherwise might not have these opportunities. The D’Addario Foundation hopes to raise $100,000 at the event and proceeds will go directly towards getting kids off waiting lists for these vital music education programs, many of which function as a safe haven during after-school hours. Those who can’t attend can text “POWEROFMUSIC” to 44-321 to donate.