Glee’s Matthew Morrison is busy with two very special charity initiatives at the moment – one will see him perform an acoustic set in New York and the other could see your own Glee Club open for his up-coming tour.

Beginning on May 1st, the Contradictions Auction presented by Starburst will launch online to benefit the VH1 Save The Music Foundation. The auction will occur in three phases, each surrounding one of the events in the Foundation’s Songwriters Music Series, which will feature acoustic sets by Matthew Morrison in New York City on May 16th, The Band Perry in Nashville on June 2nd and a soon to be announced artist in Los Angeles. The first leg of the auction, which will run from May 1st-May 31st, will include a curated series of items and experiences that celebrate the contradictions that make life more interesting, in harmony with Starburst contradictions campaign.

Items in the May auction include: “Get There Fast and Take It Slow” which includes an all inclusive trip to Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana, “Feels So Good It Must Be Bad,” a Mychael Darwin .925 Sterling Silver Jeans VIP experience package, and “Day & Night,” that features lunch at Rockography and an evening at Lucky Strike bowling in NYC. The auction will be run through leading charity auction site charitybuzz and fans are invited to view the entire collection and bid at CharityBuzz.com.

“We are extremely excited about the Contradictions Auction and the Songwriters Music Series,” said Paul Cothran, Executive Director of the VH1 Save The Music Foundation. “Through our wonderful partnership with Starburst and our continued relationship with CharityBuzz, we are able to give our supporters a chance to bid on one of a kind experiences all while supporting a great cause and helping us to continue to raise awareness about the importance of a musical education in a child’s life, ensuring that additional children have access to the benefits of music study.”

Songwriters Music Series benefits the VH1 Save The Music Foundation in their mission to provide all children with access to a complete education that includes music. Presented by Starburst, each event will be unique to its host city, held at an exclusive venue and feature today’s most celebrated artists/bands performing their hit songs and sharing their personal stories behind the music. As an added bonus, each artist/band will also perform a special song that is contradictory to their normal genre in spirit of Starburst candy’s contradictory taste – solid, yet juicy like a liquid.

Meanwhile, Gleeks and Glee Club members everywhere are grabbing up tickets for Matthew’s 6-week, 22-city summer tour, which will feature songs from his album along with many Glee fan favorites. In conjunction with the VH1 Save The Music Foundation, the tour will offer regional Glee Clubs the chance to compete for the ‘opening act’ performance slot. The VH1 Save The Music Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to restoring instrumental music education programs in our nation’s schools, is a proud partner in the competition. Entries can be submitted at www.matthewmorrison.com/gleeclubcontest.

Matthew Morrison is best known to millions as the eternally optimistic high school teacher – and de facto glee club director – Will Schuester, on the FOX television network’s runaway hit comedy series Glee. Morrison is no stranger to musical theatre, vocal performance and dance, which he studied at New York University’s renowned Tisch School of the Arts. He has been nominated for Tony, Emmy and Golden Globe awards, and shared the 2009 SAG (Screen Actors Guild) Award for Best Performance by an Ensemble in a Television Series – Comedy or Musical, for “Glee”. Morrison’s first big Broadway break came as heartthrob Link Larkin in the hit Hairspray, he later went on to star in The Light in the Piazza, 10 Million Miles and the Tony Award-winning revival of South Pacific at New York’s Lincoln Center Theater.

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