On Sunday, September 15, Adopt The Arts & the Zindagi Trust organizations partnered up & held the Peace Through Music Gala at the new Hollywood Loews Hotel at Hollywood & Highland. The historic event benefitted children both in Los Angeles and Pakistan by helping to raise much needed funds for arts and music education locally, and improving education for underprivileged children in Pakistan.
Former Guns N’ Roses drummer, Matt Sorum, hosted the star studded event. Sorum co-founded Adopt The Arts, a non-profit which helps children in the Los Angeles Unified School District receive more funding for the arts. According to the LAUSD, 50% of the 535 schools in the district are not receiving music and arts education due to budget cuts.” Adopt the Arts has already helped over 40 schools in LA and donated over 1000 instruments.
The Zindagi Trust, has similar goals for the underprivileged children of Pakistan. The founder, singer Shehzad Roy, was also on hand to belt it out, co-hosting the event to help raise awareness & funding for the “10 million children employed in child labor.” Roy says that “over 85% of school going children only have access to government schools plagues with low teacher attendance and dilapidated facilities and a curriculum that encourages rote learning. Only through government school reform can all children get quality education.”
The other hosts of the night were activists, Sadia Ashraf and Abby Berman.
The outstanding headliner of the night was the collaborative performance by Macy Gray and Slash. The two never sounded better.
They were joined onstage by other special guests including former Guns N’ Roses guitarist, Gilby Clarke. Clarke’s wife, Daniella Clarke, founder of the denim line Frankie B. was also on hand turning it out with one of the night's coolest outfits.
Jane Lynch, who serves on the board of Adopt the Arts, was also in attendance, as was her famous Glee track suit. The tracksuit was one of several auction items sold during the event to help raise funds. The suit brought in $750.
Celebrities from both Hollywood and Bollywood were in attendance.
Other auctions items up for the highest bid were a signed photograph of Slash by legendary rock photographer, Gene Kirkland. Slash's 2 guitars also brought in a combined $11000 from the live auction
Also up for auction were a portrait of John Lennon and Yoko Ono & other artwork.
Estate jewelry from famous rock stars was also on hand to help the cause. Also, there supporting the cause was The Green Leaf Spa, with their wheat grass drink, which Macy Gray was a big fan off. Bambooee, Roots, and Screen Dream Productions were their to help local schools fund the arts.
Guests dined on a delicious sit down five course dinner catered by Wolfgang Puck in the Ray Dolby Ballroom.