The VH1 Save The Music Foundation has launched the first phase of the 2012 Songwriters Music Series auction at online charity auction house, Charitybuzz at www.charitybuzz.com/Songwriters.

A special-edition pink DROID RAZR MAXX by Motorola — donated by Foundation supporter Perez Hilton and not available in stores — is one of the many highlights in the auction. The Motorola Mobility Foundation has partnered with Hilton to offer this exclusive custom handset to the highest bidder, in addition to granting a $10,000 donation to the VH1 Save The Music Foundation on his behalf.

“The VH1 Save The Music Foundation is an incredible organization focusing on two areas that are very important to the Motorola Mobility Foundation: arts and education,” said Eileen Sweeney, director of the Motorola Mobility Foundation. “We are excited that Motorola Mobility Foundation resources, as well as one of our most innovative products, are helping to contribute to such a worthy cause.”

The 2012 Songwriters Music Series will launch in Chicago, IL with an acoustic performance by Award-winning, soul singer-songwriter Robin Thicke on Thursday, April 26th. A limited number of $100 Tickets are available at www.vh1savethemusic.org/songwriters. This marks the first stop in the series, sponsored by Swiss watch company RAYMOND WEIL and William Hill Estate Wines, which will then travel to New York City in June and close out at the breathtaking William Hill Estate in Napa Valley this September. Last year’s Songwriters Music Series featured performances by Glee star Matthew Morrison in New York, ACM Award-winning sibling trio The Band Perry in Nashville, Tennessee and GRAMMY Award winning musician Colbie Caillat, as well as Billboard Magazine “2011 Artist To Watch” Andy Grammar in Los Angeles.

In addition to the pink DROID RAZR MAXX by Motorola, the Charitybuzz auction also features:

  • Two tickets to the 2012 MTV Movie Awards
  • Two tickets to the Here and Now Tour and a Meet & Greet with Gavin Rossdale
  • Two tickets to the VH1 Save The Music Foundation Songwriters Music Series Chicago and a Meet & Greet with Robin Thicke and two tickets to the 2012 Comedy Central Awards

“The first phase of our 2012 Songwriters Music Series auction on Charitybuzz contains some incredible items and experiences,” said Paul Cothran, Vice President & Executive Director of the VH1 Save The Music Foundation. “From meet & greets with rock stars to passes to some of the most exclusive premieres and award shows of the year, fans can bid for these one-of-a-kind opportunities with all of the proceeds benefitting the VH1 Save The Music Foundation.”

The VH1 Save The Music Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to restoring instrumental music education programs in America’s public schools, and raising awareness about the importance of music as part of each child’s complete education. To date, the VH1 Save The Music Foundation has provided more than $48 million in new musical instruments to 1,800 public schools in more than 100 cities around the country, impacting the lives of over 1.8 million children. Thanks to the generous support of the VH1 Save The Music Ambassadors, including Katy Perry, Chris Daughtry, Lupe Fiasco, Jordin Sparks, Matthew Morrison, Vanessa Carlton, AJ McLean and Gavin Rossdale, the Foundation is able to generate awareness about the importance of music in a child’s education.

The Songwriters Music Series benefits the VH1 Save The Music Foundation in their mission to provide children with access to a complete education that includes music. These intimate evenings serve as a platform for energized, informed and socially conscious individuals to network amidst great music, a sponsored bar and food. Each event will also feature today’s emerging musicians and most celebrated artists/bands performing hit songs in support of the cause. In total, the 2011 Songwriters Music Series raised over $358,000, which was enough to restore 11 music education programs nationwide. This year, the Foundation hopes to raise even more so that a greater number of students are provided the tools they need to create, innovate and become the next great leaders in an increasingly competitive world.

Visit www.charitybuzz.com/Songwriters to bid on all of the exciting items and for more information or to see how you can get involved visit www.vh1savethemusic.org.

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