MusiCares MAP Fund Benefit To Honor Anthony Kiedis

April 02, 2009 -- 12:40 pm PDT

Fifth annual event to honor Kiedis for his commitment to helping others with addiction and recovery

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The fifth annual MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert will take place at Club Nokia in Los Angeles on May 8 and will honor multi-GRAMMY-winning Red Hot Chili Peppers co-founder and lead singer Anthony Kiedis.

Kiedis will receive the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award for his dedication and support of the MusiCares MAP Fund and for his commitment to helping other addicts with the addiction and recovery process. All proceeds will benefit the MusiCares MAP Fund, which provides members of the music community access to addiction recovery treatment regardless of their financial situation.

Hosted by Greg Behrendt, comedian and author of He's Just Not That Into You, the evening will feature a special performance by Kiedis along with Red Hot Chili Peppers bandmates Flea and Chad Smith, as well as performances by Thelonious Monster vocalist and "Celebrity Rehab" participant Bob Forrest with his son Elijah Forrest, musician/producer Josh Klinghoffer, the Mars Volta, the Neville Brothers' Ivan Neville, and Iggy Pop. DJ AM will perform live during dinner.

"Addiction exists in all communities and across all socioeconomic lines, but too often the challenges of making a life in music can lead people down the heartbreaking path of dependence," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy and MusiCares. "When circumstances such as the economy and shifts in our industry come into play, the need for our services can become greater than ever. MusiCares exists to offer a beacon of hope and critical resources for members of the music community who are struggling with addiction. Anthony is a strong supporter of our cause and this is a perfect opportunity to recognize and honor his commitment."

"I've seen firsthand the physical and emotional toll addiction takes on people — not just myself, but so many other artists and friends as well," said Kiedis. "The pain of addiction is leveled only by the promise of sobriety and the MusiCares MAP Fund provides access to the kind of resources that can help people genuinely change their lives. I'm proud to be honored and help raise funds for this critical work."

This year's MusiCares MAP Fund benefit is chaired by Cliff Burnstein, MusiCares Board President John Branca, Todd Ficeto, Peter Mensch, and Mary Pattiz. This event is made possible with the generous support of Goldenvoice, Jackson Limousine Service, Swing House, and Ticketmaster.

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