Matt Sorum Raises Funds for Arts Education with Adopt the Arts Event

The Los Angeles Unified School District got a big boost this week from the Adopt the Arts fundraiser at Beverly Hills’ Peninsula Hotel.

The foundation, which was started by musician Matt Sorum (Guns N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver) and his neighbor Abby Berman, works tirelessly to bring together well-known artists, public figures and the general public to save the arts in America’s public schools – beginning with Los Angeles.

The event included live and silent auctions, viewing of behind-the-scenes footage of the program, and performances by Grammy-winning folk-rock band America, Sussan Deyhim, who recently contributed to the Argo score, and Christina Perri.

Perri capped the evening with an emotional solo version of her 2010 smash hit “Jar of Hearts.”

Fender contributed a few Squier Stratocasters for the live auction, including a red one signed by each member of Aerosmith that fetched $3,500. Other music-themed items available for bidding included a drum head signed by members of Metallica and a Slash-signed guitar.

Guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and cocktails from Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf during the party, as well.

Any help is certainly needed at a time when 50 percent of the children in the Los Angeles Unified School District are not receiving arts education. What little education that exists in California’s 535 elementary schools is eroding due to the state’s budget crisis.

Adopt the Arts hopes to combat those concerns across the country at some point in the future.

“We intend to start in our own backyard here in LA, and we will continue to adopt schools across the nation,” Sorum said in a statement. “We believe that art is a universal language that unites us all, regardless of our backgrounds. For this reason, we are appointing arts advocate Bita Daryabari as our International Arts Ambassador. We will be working closely with her to develop programs that bring a multicultural and world view to these invaluable arts programs.”

Watch a promotional video for the foundation below and visit Adopt the Arts’ official website for more information.


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