Andrea Bocelli, the world’s highest selling solo artist in the history of classical music, will launch a foundation bearing his name at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles on December 9.
The Andrea Bocelli Foundation will be a grant making body, aimed at supporting those living in poverty or overcoming barriers caused by illness and disability in order to deliver tangible, real life results. Two types of programs will be supported – those that alleviate poverty, and those that help people overcome barriers caused by illness, or disability. The Foundation will actively seek to identify innovative and original projects to support.
The Foundation will be launched at a fundraising event produced by Jo Champa and Studiomusica, featuring David Foster, Heather Headley, Anna Maria Martinez and other surprise guests
“I feel very strongly about helping people make the most of the world that we live in,” said Andrea. “I was born with poor eyesight and became completely blind at the age of twelve. Overcoming blindness and dealing with its consequences has taught me about the nature of externally imposed limits, and has encouraged me to think about how to help and support others facing barriers in their lives. Every human being has the right to be happy, fulfilled and to live a flourishing and meaningful life. I want to help those who face barriers in achieving their life’s potential.”
The benefit gala at the Beverly Hilton will include cocktails, dinner and live performances. A portion of the ticket proceeds will benefit the GRAMMY Museum Foundation.