Linkin Park Guitarist, Brad Delson, Joins the Little Kids Rock Honorary Board of Directors

05.05.2008
Southern California Kid Turned Grammy Winner Helps Put the “Rock” in Little
Kids Rock Music Education Efforts


July 22nd, 2005 - Indianapolis, IN (NAMM Show - booth # 851) - Little Kids Rock (LKR) an innovative non-profit program that provides free instruments and free music classes to children, announced today that Linkin Park guitarist, Brad Delson, will be accepting a seat on their Honorary Board of Directors. Mr. Delson’s post on the LKR Board of Directors will begin immediately and will help the organization gain visibility as it provides free music education to children across the country. Mr. Delson and the band members of Linkin Park have a long and notable history in philanthropic endeavors. Mr. Delson’s current involvement in Little Kids Rock is just another example of how these generous artists have chosen to use their celebrity in a way that helps make a difference in the world.

”I’m extremely happy to be involved with an organization that provides such a positive opportunity for young people, says Mr. Delson. “Music education can be an invaluable component of a child’s intellectual, personal, and creative development.”

“We are extremely proud in the amount of diversity represented in our Honorary Board. With the addition of Brad Delson, our board truly speaks to just about every music genre,” says Executive Director and Little Kids Rock founder, David Wish. “We are inspired by Brad’s continued support of worthy, charitable causes and are happy that he has chosen to assist us in our music education efforts.”

Brad Delson is the latest name on LKR’s growing list of high profile supporters. Bonnie Raitt, Paul Simon, BB King, Jason Newsted, Les Paul, Dave Mason, Rick Springfield and NY Mets pitcher, Al Leiter are all honorary members of the Board of Directors. Carlos Santana’s Milagro Foundation has purchased more than $10,000 worth of instruments for the program. Bob Weir and members of the Grateful Dead have funded classes. The String Cheese Incident has held silent auctions for the organization. John Lee Hooker was a founding Board Member and visited
classes before his passing.

About Brad Delson
Brad Delson is the guitarist for the Grammy Award winning group Linkin Park. The band has released multi-platinum studio albums on Warner Bros. Records, Hybrid Theory and Meteora. Meteora was the best selling rock album of 2003, moving 5 million copies in the U.S. alone. Linkin Park’s debut album, Hybrid Theory, has sold 18 million copies worldwide and was the best selling album of 2001. Other platinum Warner Bros. releases include Reanimation and Linkin Park: Live In Texas. Last November the band released one of the most exciting CD + DVD packages yet: MTV Ultimate Mash-Ups Presents -Jay-Z / Linkin Park: Collision Course, a two disc set that features a stellar performance with rapper Jay-Z at West Hollywood’s famed Roxy Theater. The album debuted at number 1 and has since sold over4 million copies worldwide. Last December, Linkin Park, along with other concerned musicians, formed Music For Relief, an organization to help provide emergency relief for disaster victims in need. Since its inception, Music For Relief has already contributed over 2 million dollars to the South Asian rebuilding effort, through their work with partners the American Red Cross, Habitat For Humanity and Unicef.

About Little Kids Rock
Little Kids Rock believes that music is a critical component of first-rate education. Many elementary schools have been stripped of their music programs. These cuts have had a disproportionately large impact on children from low-income backgrounds. Little Kids Rock restores music to its rightful place in the academic lives of kids in our public schools by providing a rich music education program including instrument instruction, free instruments and trained mentors. Founded by a single elementary school teacher in 1996, Little Kids Rock now serves thousands of students in CA, NY, NJ and TN. More information can be found at: www.littlekidsrock.org

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