John Mellencamp To Join The 17th Annual Grammy Foundation Legacy Concert February 5th

The Grammy Foundation will host the 17th Annual Grammy Foundation Legacy Concert Lean On Me: A Celebration Of Music And Philanthropy, featuring live musical performances and archival footage from its preservation archives. Performers include Grammy winners Melissa Etheridge, Cyndi Lauper, John Mellencamp and Willie Nelson; current Grammy nominee Aloe Blacc; singer/songwriter Rozzi Crane; violinist/performance artist Lindsey Stirling; and Grammy nominee Robin Thicke; as well as other artists to be announced shortly. Olivia Harrison will join for special remarks. The evening's musical director will be songwriter/producer and Grammy Foundation Board member Darrell Brow. Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy® and the Grammy Foundation, will be in attendance, along with other prominent music industry leaders and members of The Recording Academy.

 Lean On Me, the 17th Annual GRAMMY Foundation Legacy Concert — presented by Seagate with support from RBC Capital Markets — will explore the history and evolution of songwriting and celebrate the various and invaluable contributions of key players behind the music and their impact on the American cultural landscape. This GRAMMY Week concert promotes the GRAMMY Foundation's mission of recognizing and preserving our musical past, so that future generations can continue to benefit from an appreciation and understanding of those contributions. Tickets are $45 per person and are currently sold out; to be added to the waitlist, please email [email protected]. For more information about this event, visit "Lean On Me" is sponsored in part by CAROLEE New York, CenterStaging, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf®, Elite Productions International, Jackson Limousine, KeeLight™, Solpro™, TNT Agency, and Trattore Estate Wines.

WHERE: Wilshire Ebell Theatre
4401 West 8th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90005

WHEN: Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015
5:15 p.m. Media Check-In (Note: Please arrive promptly. Media using mult-box will be
able to plug in decks prior to carpet opening.)
6:15–7:15 p.m. Red-Carpet Arrivals
7:30–9 p.m. Guest Speakers and Performances
9 p.m. Reception

WHY: Protecting our cultural legacy for future generations is a cornerstone of the GRAMMY Foundation mission. The Foundation recognizes and celebrates the innovation, perseverance and genius evidenced in the stories and music of the pioneers who have woven a rich and colorful cultural fabric. The GRAMMY Foundation Legacy Concert highlights its year-round activities in support of that mission, from preservation grants to its Living Histories archive. The concert also draws the attention of a wider audience to those efforts, and to the imperiled condition of many of the most historically significant recordings. This event and screening serves to reintroduce works from these major contributors to the public and educates them about the GRAMMY Foundation's role in preserving our rich cultural heritage.

The GRAMMY Foundation was established in 1988 to cultivate the understanding, appreciation and advancement of the contribution of recorded music to American culture. The Foundation accomplishes this mission through programs and activities that engage the music industry and cultural community as well as the general public. The Foundation works in partnership year-round with its founder, The Recording Academy, to bring national attention to important issues such as the value and impact of music and arts education and the urgency of preserving our rich cultural heritage. In recognition of the significant role of teachers in shaping their students' musical experiences, The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation partnered to present their first Music Educator Award™ in 2014. Open to current U.S. music teachers from kindergarten through college level, the second annual Music Educator Award will be presented at the Special Merit Awards ceremony during GRAMMY Week in 2015. For more information about the Music Educator Award, please visit For more information about the Foundation, please visit For breaking news and exclusive content, please like "GRAMMY in the Schools®" on Facebook, follow the GRAMMY Foundation on Twitter (@GRAMMYFdn) and join us on Instagram (@GRAMMYFdn).