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New Mimi Fishman Foundation Auction Going On Now!

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The Station Family Fund today announced their online charity auction, generously hosted by The Mimi Fishman Foundation has officially gone live.

The Station Family Fund today announced their online charity auction, generously hosted by The Mimi Fishman Foundation has officially gone live.

The auction will benefit the Station Family Fund, a non-profit 501 (c)(3) charitable organization founded by survivors of the Station Nightclub fire. The Station Family Fund is committed to providing survivor relief, including costs of ongoing treatment and rehabilitation for victims and basic home needs for their families.

The auction, which will run through April 3rd, can be found at http://www.mimifishman.org/auctions/.

A wide array of amazing musical memorabilia includes signed items by Crosby Stills & Nash, Def Leppard, Paul Rogers (Bad Company), Extreme, Gretchen Wilson, Boston members Tom Scholz and Gary Pihl, Tesla, Stryper, Winger, Twisted Sister, and much more.

Prevalent in the auction are the many guitars signed by the musicians who performed at the "Phoenix Rising" benefit concert at Dunkin' Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island on February 25, 2008.

The Station Family Fund is an all-volunteer, 501 c 3 recognized, tax exempt, nonprofit organization founded to offer assistance and relief to people directly affected by the fire at The Station nightclub in West Warwick, Rhode Island.  100 people perished, close to 200 were severely injured, and more than 60 children lost one or both parents in the horrific fire on Feb 20, 2003.  Station Family Fund information can be found at http://www.stationfamilyfund.org.

Todd King, a survivor himself of the fire, is the President of the Station Family Fund.  "It's vital we don't forget the families left behind," said King.  "The Station Family Fund was formed to help those families, as well as the survivors. The Mimi Fishman Foundation has been instrumental in helping our organization raise funds through past on-line auctions and we are grateful for their incredible support."

He added, "The guitars are amazing."

In a related note, VH1 and VH1 Classic will simultaneously premiere a one-hour special of the "Phoenix Rising" concert on both their networks on Easter Sunday, March 23, 2008. Entitled, "VH1 Classic Presents: AFTERMATH: The Station Fire Five Years Later," the special is a continuation of the effort to raise awareness about the plight of the Station fire survivors. It includes both live performances from the February 25th concert and interviews with some of the victims that survived.

Rex Foundation Event and Grant Announcements

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Kicking off our 25th Anniversary year, the Rex Foundation is pleased to announce the following upcoming events to launch the 2008 Rex Musical Caravan, where the community of musicians, fans, promoters and venue operators collaborate to support the Rex Foundation's mission:

Saturday, February 23rd: Donna Jean and The Tricksters CD Release Party at The Knitting Factory in New York City - Click here for details and to order tickets for the pre-concert reception.

Friday, February 29th: Tea Leaf Green with Moonalice at The Fillmore in San Francisco, with a special pre-concert reception and mingling with the artists - Click here for details and ticket order information.   And, $1 per ticket sold benefits the Rex Foundation.

Saturday, March 1st: Tea Leaf Green with Blue Turtle Seduction at The Fillmore in San Francisco, where $1 per ticket sold benefits the Rex Foundation.

Friday, April 18th: Tea Leaf Green with Hot Buttered Rum at The Highline Ballroom in New York City, where $1 per ticket sold benefits the Rex Foundation.

Saturday, April 19th: Tea Leaf Green with Moonalice at The Highline Ballroom in New York City, where $1 per ticket sold benefits the Rex Foundation.

Details for the April shows will follow.

Check out the recipients of recent Rex Foundation grants, as well as the 2007 Jerry Garcia, Ralph J. Gleason and Bill Graham Awards.  Enjoy reading through the descriptions of all the beneficiaries of Rex Foundation grants to see how your generous support ripples across the country and beyond to bring about positive solutions to local and global challenges.

We're immersed in planning a year of special events and activities to celebrate our 25th Anniversary.  We look forward to connecting with you as kindred travelers on the bus of the Rex Community Caravan, continuing to expand our grassroots philanthropic community.  Let's make this a breakthrough year, moving those grant dollars way past the $8.3 million distributed so far, demonstrating our collective power to further what the Grateful Dead started in the fall of 1983.

The Ryan Montbleau Band Supports Rex Foundation w/ New CD

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The Ryan Montbleau Band announces fall CD release tour and designates the Rex Foundation as beneficiary of the tour.  Boston-based Ryan Montbleau Band is one of the most talked about young bands on the touring scene today. Through performing 200+ dates a year over the last three years, they have developed a passionate, coast-to-coast fan base that spans the gamut of fans of roots, Americana, R&B, soul, jam music, folk and blues. Their new independent release-Patience on Friday-is due on October 9, and is expected to help the band reach a broader national audience, thanks to the overwhelming response to the band since their first album came out 18 months ago. In that time they have developed one of the strongest MySpace presences to be found amongst independent artists (nearly 600,000 plays), and enjoy strong showings in press and at independent radio. Robust concert attendance, CD sales and free downloads (their December 30, 2007 show from Albany, NY has been downloaded over 20,000 times from www.Archive.com) have fueled nationwide interest in the band, and new fans and old will be pleased to see an ambitious coast-to-coast tour schedule for the Fall and well into 2008.

In addition to their commitment to music, the Ryan Montbleau Band wants to demonstrate their care for the greater good. The Rex Foundation is honored to be selected as the designated beneficiary of the Northeast Fall CD release tour to be the vehicle for the Ryan Montbleau Band's community giving, whereby specified shows will have a designated amount per ticket sold contributed to the Rex Foundation.

Check out the Ryan Montbleau Band website to learn more about the Band and their new CD - Patience on Friday-as well as the tour schedule and how to purchase tickets.

The Grateful Dead was always known for generosity and the performance of numerous benefits. In the fall of 1983, the Rex Foundation was established as a non-profit charitable organization by members of the Grateful Dead and friends to further this tradition. The Rex Foundation enabled the Grateful Dead to go beyond responding to multiple requests for contributions, and proactively provide extensive community support to creative endeavors in the arts, sciences, and education. The first benefit concerts for the Rex Foundation were held in the spring of 1984 at the Marin Veteran's Memorial Auditorium. Since 1984 the Rex Foundation has granted $8.2 million to some 1,000 recipients.

With the death of Grateful Dead lead guitarist Jerry Garcia in 1995, the Rex Foundation lost a friend and board member. With the cessation of Grateful Dead touring, Rex lost its main source of funding, and until now has limited its grant making to three annual awards. Current board members have reaffirmed the importance of the Rex Foundation and their desire to have the foundation once again carry out its mission in full force.

The Rex Foundation aims to help secure a healthy environment, promote individuality in the arts, provide support to critical and necessary social services, assist others less fortunate than ourselves, protect the rights of indigenous people and ensure their cultural survival, build a stronger community, and educate children and adults everywhere.

Continuing to embody the spirit of generosity and concern that evolved in the culture surrounding Grateful Dead concerts, the Rex Foundation is on a new path that seeks to include and engage many people. With activities that honor the spirit of community, service and creativity, Rex is building the funding necessary to carry out our mission. Thanks to the resounding response of so many generous supporters, since December 2001 we have granted $832,000 to 149 programs, across the United States and internationally. We plan to multiply our grant making each year so that we can once again support many grassroots programs across the United States and beyond that might otherwise be overlooked by mainstream funders, yet work in innovative and bold ways to bring about helpful solutions to challenging situations. Please visit Fostering the Power of Community, Service and the Arts to see how Rex views its work in relation to social change.

• We respect traditional wisdom cultures.

• We respect individual rights and differences.

• We are willing to take risks and trust people.

• We help people who are helping others and are trying to make a difference.

• We help people develop bold new solutions to problems.

• We benefit the broader community and the broader good.

• We practice inclusiveness and open-mindedness.

• We support organizations committed to grassroots action.

• We seek to identify entities doing good work that might otherwise be overlooked.

• Our support helps beyond direct funding by boosting the visibility of the recipient's work.

• We want to be a catalytic agent of change, where our involvement helps leverage greater impact.

• We are non-partisan.

• We promote an active, informed citizenry.

• The Foundation is an efficient conduit for supporting the community.

• Being part of the Rex Foundation is enjoyable.

• We carry on the best of the spirit of the 60's to create a more harmonious world.

We encourage your tax-deductible donations to help support Rex's work. We are also pleased to keep you up to date on upcoming benefit concerts and other activities that support Rex. Thank you for considering a gift to Rex and letting us know how you would like to stay connected. Please join our mailing list and make a donation.

The Rex Foundation has no paid board members. Virtually all of our grant recipients are selected through the personal knowledge of our decision makers – as a result, grant requests are not solicited. We have no application forms and no published guidelines. Grants are made once or twice a year, and our report is published annually.

The Rex Foundation is named after Rex Jackson, a Grateful Dead roadie and later road manager until his untimely death in 1976.

Rex Foundation Summer Festivals and More

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As summer quickly approaches, the Rex Foundation looks forward to seeing many of you at the following summer festivals:

    * July 4-8            Grateful Fest, Nelson, Ohio

    * July 13-15        All Good Festival, Masontown, W. Virginia

    * July 18-21        10,000 Lakes Festival, Detroit Lakes, Minnesota

    * July 20-22        A Bear's Picnic, Milton, Pennsylvania

    * August 9-12     Gathering of the Vibes, Bridgeport, Connecticut

Check out Festival details via the Rex Foundation website, including the special 10,000 Lakes (10KLF) ticket purchase discount with a contribution to the Rex Community Caravan.  And, thanks to 10KLF and Matt Butler with The Everyone Orchestra, there will be a special Rex Jam on Friday, July 20th .  We encourage carpooling to minimize environmental impact.  In that spirit, the All Good Festival will contribute to Rex for each vehicle with 3 or more people.

The 2006 Annual Report was just mailed out, and is also available online.  We hope you enjoy reading the Report and seeing all that your support helps make happen.

Plans are underway for fall Rex Foundation benefits and fundraisers.  Plans include a special Dark Star Orchestra Rex Musical Caravan Tour beginning September 26th, where $1 per ticket will be contributed to the Rex Foundation, and a celebratory Black Tie-Dye Ball will happen along the way.

Rex Foundation on Summer Tour

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The Rex Foundation is proud to again announce that it will be participating in the following festivals in 2007 and we gratefully acknowledge the support of the Foundation by the Promoters of the following Festivals:

MOUNTAIN JAM June 1-3, 2007:
Gov't Mule
Umphrey's McGee
Michael Franti and Spearhead
Robert Randolph and The Family Band
New Orleans Social Club
Ozomatli
North Mississippi Allstars
Tea Leaf Green
New Monsoon
Backyard Tire Fire

 

 

Nelson Ledges Quarry Park July 4-8, 2007:

Dark Star Orchestra
Keller Williams
Donna Jean & the Tricksters
Melvin Seals & JGB
Boris Garcia

10,000 Lakes Festival July 18-21, 2007:

Bob Weir & RatDog
Trey Anastasio
Umphrey's McGee
Gov't Mule
Little Feat
The Derek Trucks Band
Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk
The Everyone Orchestra
Trampled By Turtles

A Bears Picnic July 20-22, 2007:

New Riders of the Purple Sage

Donna Jean & the Tricksters

Gathering of the Vibes August 9-12, 2007:

Ratdog
Los Lobos
Buddy Guy
Deep Banana Blackout
Assembly of Dust

Dirty Dozen Brass Band

Rex Foundation Awards $78,000 in Grants

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Says Board Member Mickey Hart: "Rex is all about finding ways to make a better world where others don't really go."

The Rex Foundation, a non-profit charity established in 1983 by friends and members of the Grateful Dead, announces its latest awards and grants to organizations totaling $78,000. Since its inception, Rex has awarded $8.2 million in grants to over 1,000 organizations throughout the world.

Rex announced the 2006 recipients of the Jerry Garcia, Ralph J. Gleason and Bill Graham Awards, presented in memory of the late Grateful Dead guitarist, rock critic and concert promoter:

Jerry Garcia Award    - Los Cenzontles Mexican Art Center (LCMAC)  $10,000

LCMAC, located in San Pablo, CA, provides a quality education in Mexican art forms  and works to promote and present unique, culturally valuable arts and artists in Mexican genres. They sponsor cultural exchanges between the U.S. and Mexico, with an emphasis on youth, and develop community awareness and responsibility through the traditional arts.   They  promote a strong technical approach to music and dance.  www.loscenzontles.com

Ralph J. Gleason Award - New Old Time Chautauqua        $10,000

Port Townsend, Washington's New Old Time Chautauqua builds community through laughter, entertainment and education. They aim to delight, educate, amaze, and provoke the imagination of adults and children alike via their Summer Tours, which include vaudeville shows, workshops, and parades.  This entirely volunteer organization serves diverse communities with a focus on underserved areas and promotes interaction within these communities. www.chautauqua.org

Bill Graham Award - Innocence Project                    $10,000

The Innocence Project provides post-conviction legal assistance to people in prison whose claims of innocence can be proven through DNA testing..  They serve all those affected: the wrongfully convicted and their families, crime victims and their families, and criminal justice professionals. They work to bring reforms to the criminal justice system.  The Rex Award specifically supports an Innocence Project program to help newly exonerated people re-settle into their homes and community. www.innocenceproject.org

The recent 2007 grant recipients are:

  • Art in Action               $5,000

Art in Action is an Oakland, CA-based community-building social justice camp that helps young people utilize their creative talents and passions to pursue social change.  Participants create music, spoken word poetry, hip-hop/rap, art and theatrical dances to speak out against and build alternatives to issues they see negatively impacting their lives and communities. www.artinactioncamp.org

  • BAYCAT                    $5,000

BAYCAT of San Francisco educates, empowers and employs students using digital media arts as the vehicle to engage them positively in their lives, in school and in society.  BAYCAT's mission is to inspire underserved youth and young adults to develop their unique talents and to create enriching and productive futures for themselves and their communities. www.baycat.org

  • Creator's Art Productions     $3,000

Berkeley, CA's Creator's Art Productions produces and distributes a free video to low-income people at community health clinics to demonstrate Jin Shin Jyutsu's self-help exercises for managing the side effects of medical treatments for cancer and other conditions.   Jin Shin Jyutsu is an ancient Japanese practice that balances the body's energy to eliminate stress, relieve pain and alleviate acute or chronic conditions.

  • Destiny Arts Center               $5,000

Destiny Arts Center; located in Oakland, exists to end isolation, prejudice and violence in the lives of young people by providing financially accessible dance, theater, martial arts, violence prevention and youth leadership classes to diverse groups of youth ages 3-18.  Classes are taught year-round by professional instructors, at the main site as well as in outreach programs at local schools and community centers.www.destinyarts.org

  • Head Count                            $5,000

New York City based HeadCount's mission is to encourage participation in democracy among music fans through organized voter registration efforts, education and activities that point young people on a path toward activism.  The organization has three objectives: to register voters; to stress the importance of voting, and to give the activists of tomorrow an organized structure through which they can make a difference. www.headcount.org

  • Military Families Speak Out – Gold Star Families Speak Out Chapter      $2,500

Gold Star Families Speak Out of Jamaica Plain, MA, is a support, advocacy and resource group comprised of families who have lost a member during military duty.  They have been effective in lobbying military leaders for better conditions for soldiers in the field, including improved communication, training and equipment, and for changes in policies and procedures, such as repeat tours of duty.  www.gsfso.org

  • Mineral Policy Institute         $2,500

MPI is an Australia-based grassroots research, campaign and advocacy organization working to ensure that the minerals and energy cycle operates on principles of human rights, social justice and ecologically sustainable development.  MPI has campaigned successfully on mining issues in Australia and overseas including the successful campaign to prevent the development of the Jabiluka uranium mine in Kakadu National Park. www.mpi.org.au

  • Monroe Elementary After-School Arts Enrichment Program  $5,000

The Rex Foundation grant specifically supports an after-school comprehensive arts and enrichment program at Monroe Elementary School in San Francisco, which serves approximately 475 mostly immigrant K-5 students in the Excelsior neighborhood of San Francisco.  The grant will boost an existing program to include a comprehensive after-school arts and enrichment program that will be accessible to all families at Monroe. www.Monroeelementaryschool.com

  • Port Townsend/Bay Saint Louis Sister City Project  $2,500

The Port Townsend/Bay Saint Louis Sister City Project in Port Townsend, Washington, is a long-term effort to rebuild Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.  To date over 100 Port Townsend volunteers have gutted houses, cleared debris, helped rebuild homes and a day care center, provided books, tools, building supplies, computers and other necessities to lend a hand to the citizens of Bay Saint Louis. www.sistercitysupport.net

  • Rainforest Information Centre (RIC)            $2,500

RIC's current project in central Africa involves research, investigation and documentation throughout the Congo Forest Basin.  The organizations raises awareness of environmental and social realities in Central Africa; empowers indigenous people to protect the environment and protect their forest and aquatic landscapes; builds grassroots alliances; and promotes international policies to support Central Africa.  www.rainforestinfo.org.au

  • 826 Valencia   $5,000

826 Valencia in San Francisco, supports students aged six to 18 in writing skills, and helps teachers get their students excited about writing.  Their work is based on the understanding that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success and that great leaps in learning can be made when skilled tutors work one-on-one with students.  Teams of volunteer tutors work with students to fill the gap of overcrowded classrooms.  www.826valencia.org

  • Youth Movement Records (YMR)    $5,000

Oakland, California's YMR is a youth-directed recording company and youth development project, engaging disadvantaged youth through music production to reduce violence, develop critical thinking skills and create community change.  Students take classes and workshops designed to develop fundamentals, and then produce their own music on CD compilations and perform at YMR-produced events. www.youthmovementrecords.org

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As former Grateful Dead drummer and current Rex board member Mickey Hart stated, "Rex is all about finding ways to make a better world where others don't really go.  It's one of those in-the-cracks kinds of organizations. It was always meant to do things that we considered important but weren't necessarily mainstream or popular."

The Rex Foundation supports groups and individuals doing vital work in local communities, service organizations and the arts, especially those that can serve as models and inspiration elsewhere. From the beginning, grant recipients have been grassroots efforts too small to register on the radar of large-scale charitable foundations.

"With 23 years of grant-making history, there are many examples of how support of grassroots organizations makes a positive difference," says Sandy Sohcot, Executive Director.  "Now, as we build an ever-expanding grassroots philanthropic community, we enthusiastically further what the Grateful Dead started to benefit people and communities far and wide."

The Rex Foundation's commitment to the grassroots extends to its fundraising, a key component of which is local benefit concerts around the country, known as Black Tie-Dye Balls. They bring together musicians, fans, and local community groups, building philanthropic synergy in a fun and creative environment. And, in contrast to charities that focus on courting big donors, Rex fosters broad community participation with the Rex Community Caravan, a program that welcomes donations of $5 or more.

In a time characterized by a frequent sense of darkness and gloom, the Rex Foundation works to provide an antidote by rekindling hope, optimism and a sense of community, encouraging people to engage in vital civic and community activities, such as voting, participating in local government, neighborhood associations, and social action efforts — as Gandhi said, "to be the change they want."

September 23rd REX FOUNDATION Black Tie-Dye Ball

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Founded in 1984 by the Grateful Dead, the Rex Foundation celebrates the magical combination of music, community, creativity and joyful spirit . This is the third Black Tie-Dye Ball the Rex Foundation has presented with Dark Star Orchestra. We began this now burgeoning tradition in Chicago on March 6, 2004, then in Washington, D.C. on December 3, 2005. The next installment will be on September 23rd, 2006 in Denver at The Fillmore Auditorium.

We look forward to another great Saturday night with Dark Star Orchestra as we celebrate and support Denver's enterprise and community spirit. Proceeds from the event will support local non-profit programs.

ABOUT DARK STAR ORCHESTRA:

There are a lot of cover bands around and a lot of those are Grateful Dead cover bands. You've seen them, they're good. Most include the music of Jerry Garcia, Bobby Weir et al with other cover songs and some originals mixed in. DSO is a different breed of "Dead" band. What Dark Star Orchestra does is recreate the Grateful Dead. Not with hippie wigs and fake beards but through the live music. They play the setlist song for song in the same arrangements used by the Dead members of that period. When you're at a DSO show you may really be in the Providence Civic Center back in May of '81. Or you could even be at the 1973 Denver Coliseum show listening to Weather Report Suite. Who knows?

Actually no one does and that's part of the trip. The date of the show to be recreated is kept secret right up till the performance. Oh, there are clues (the number and placement of microphones, the keyboard setup, a midi guitar) and the secret becomes part of a game. Usually the audience in front starts throwing out guesses toward the end of the first set. The wiser observer waits for the start of the second set to venture a showdate. Sometimes a curious look comes over the faces of the audience as they realize, "Hey! I was at this show!" followed by a smile as they realize...they're at the show again! Remember: This is an exhibition, not a competition. So please....no wagering! The original showdate, for those who are DEADBASE-impaired, is announced at the end of the night usually followed by an extended encore of the band's choosing.

rexThe Rex Foundation aims to help secure a healthy environment, promote individuality in the arts, provide support to critical and necessary social services, assist others less fortunate than ourselves, protect the rights of indigenous people and ensure their cultural survival, build a stronger community, and educate children and adults everywhere.

Join the Rex Foundation at the Black Tie-Dye Ball, celebrating the magical combination of music, community, creativity and joyful spirit. Proceeds support local non-profit programs.

Concert-only tickets are $26.00 and are available at www.ticketmaster.com and "Mile High" Premium Seating Tickets ($125) and "Summit" Front and Center Tickets ($300) which both include the Pre-Concert Reception with the Artists and dinner, are available on the Rex Foundation web site. For more information, go to www.rexfoundation.org or call 415-561-3135.

dsoThe Rex Foundation, a not-for-profit charitable organization established in 1983 by friends and members of the Grateful Dead, has been aiding in building stronger communities, promoting individuality in the arts, helping secure a more healthy environment, and protecting the rights of indigenous people for twenty-one years. Their fundraising began in 1984 with the Grateful Dead performing "Rex" benefit concerts. Over the course of 11 years, the Grateful Dead raised $7 million which reached 900 programs. In December 2001, the Rex Foundation launched its renewal efforts by presenting fundraising events in the Bay Area and in other cities across the country, and has since granted $751,500 to 119 programs in the United States and internationally.

Sub Pop Goes Green with Bonneville Environmental Foundation

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Sub Pop Records, the music label that has given rise to bands ranging from Nirvana to The Shins, announced today that it has purchased enough Green-e certified Green Tags, also known as renewable energy credits, from the Bonneville Environmental Foundation to equal 100 percent of the company's energy use. To date, Sub Pop records is the first Green-e certified record label company in the United States.

"I was made aware of the program by one of my co-workers. I was, quite frankly, shocked by how easy it is to support renewable energy. Green Tags are a simple way for anyone to choose wind energy, which, in turn, lowers dependence on burning fossils fuels for energy," said Jonathan Poneman, president of Sub Pop Records. "Green Tags fulfill an important commitment to both the planet and the Pacific Northwest, where Sub Pop is rooted."

Earlier this year, Sub Pop Records' recording artist Kelley Stoltz released Below the Branches as the first album to be green powered and incorporate the Green-e label on its packaging. Like Kelley Stoltz, Sub Pop Records is promoting climate recovery by supporting new renewable energy, such as wind and solar power.

"Sub Pop has been synonymous with helping talented new artists support their passion for creating music," said Patrick Nye, director of sales of Bonneville Environmental Foundation. "Now, Sub Pop Records is directing the same energy toward new, renewable sources of power."

Both Sub Pop Records and Kelley Stoltz hope to influence other artists and music fans to consider what they can do to shift our nation's energy model to clean renewable technologies.

About Sub Pop Records
Sub Pop Records started eighteen years ago with releases from bands that were relatively unknown at the time, including Mudhoney, Nirvana and Soundgarden. The label continues to champion new artists that have quickly become part of the music lexicon including The Postal Service, The Shins, Iron and Wine, Wolf Parade, and Band of Horses. Sub Pop is based in Seattle, Washington. Visit www.SubPop.com.

befAbout the Bonneville Environmental Foundation
The Bonneville Environmental Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, was established in 1998 and was a pioneer in developing the market for renewable energy certificates, which it calls Green Tags. BEF reinvests all the net revenues from Green Tags sales in support of its mission, which funds solar power systems for schools and businesses, wind power systems for farms and ranches, and restoration efforts for salmon-bearing streams. Visit http://www.GreenTagsUSA.org to learn what individuals, utilities, and businesses are doing to increase the use of wind and solar power in our nation's electricity grids. www.b-e-f.org or www.GreenTagsUSA.org .

About Green-e and the Center for Resource Solutions
Launched in 1997, the Green-e Renewable Energy Certification Program is the leading independent certification and verification program that sets standards for renewable energy options. The Green-e logo serves as the national symbol for consumer protection and "seal of approval" indicating high quality, verified renewable energy. Green-e provides an easy way for consumers to find environmentally friendly energy options that fit their budget and present much less environmental impact than electricity generated primarily by fossil fuels. To learn more about certified renewable energy available in all 50 states, visit www.green-e.org, or call 888.63.GREEN.

Green-e is a program of the Center for Resource Solutions, a national nonprofit organization that works to make it easier for people and organizations to use renewable energy as a tool for mitigating climate change. CRS designs and operates national and international programs that support the increased supply and use of renewable energy resources such as wind, solar, biomass, geothermal, low-impact hydroelectric power, and other clean energy sources. To learn more about CRS, visit www.resource-solutions.org.

Pearl Jam Selects Bonneville Environmental Foundation for Renewable Energy Programs

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Pearl Jam announced today that Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF) was selected as one of nine non-profit organizations to receive a combined total of $100,000 to launch its 2006 Carbon Portfolio Strategy. The band's initiative is the latest demonstration of its commitment to solve global warming and provide information to music fans worldwide about what they can do to reduce their carbon footprint. The band also is inviting its fans to make their own contributions in support of the initiative, as a way of taking action against climate change.

BEF and the other organizations were selected according to their advancement of approaches to develop clean, renewable energy options and other climate change solutions.

"We looked for partners to put our contributions towards the greatest use in combating global climate change," said Pearl Jam's Stone Gossard. "BEF was an obvious choice when we considered the renewable energy component."

Pearl Jam has been a supporter of BEF since the 2004 Vote for Change tour, when Gossard organized some of the participating bands to fund the installation of small-scale renewable energy projects in many of the states where it toured. In addition to Pearl Jam and Gossard, participants included Bonnie Raitt, The Dave Matthews Band, and REM. BEF's role was to identify the Vote for Change beneficiary projects, and to manage the ongoing installation efforts.

"With the Vote for Change initiative, Pearl Jam helped BEF expand the scope of its renewable energy programs to reach new audiences in the Midwest, Southeast, and Eastern states," said Tom Starrs, Vice President of Marketing and Sales & Chief Operating Officer of Bonneville Environmental Foundation. "With the Carbon Portfolio Strategy, Pearl Jam is helping BEF reach an even broader audience with the message that it's easy to take action today to make our energy supply cleaner, safer, and more secure. We are very grateful for the band's continuing support."

bBEF will use the contributions from Pearl Jam's Carbon 2006 Portfolio Strategy to support its renewable energy initiatives, including its Green Tag programs. BEF's Green Tag programs enable individuals, businesses, and other organizations to offset their carbon footprint by supporting renewable energy projects that deliver solar and wind power into the nation's power grid.

The organizations designated as beneficiaries of Pearl Jam's Carbon Portfolio Strategy include: the American Solar Energy Society, Bonneville Environmental Foundation, Cascade Land Conservancy, Conservation International, EarthCorps, Green Empowerment, Honor the Earth, IslandWood, and Washington Clean Energy Initiative. To learn more about Pearl Jam's Carbon Portfolio Strategy visit: www.pearljam.com/activism/ .

About the Bonneville Environmental Foundation:
The Bonneville Environmental Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, was established in 1998 and was a pioneer in developing the market for renewable energy certificates, which it calls Green Tags. BEF reinvests all the net revenues from Green Tags sales in support of its mission, which funds solar power systems for schools and businesses, wind power systems for farms and ranches, and restoration efforts for salmon-bearing streams. Visit http://www.GreenTagsUSA.org to learn what individuals, utilities, and businesses are doing to increase the use of wind and solar power in our nation's electricity grids. www.b-e-f.org or www.greentagsusa.org.

Rex Foundation Benefit Show in New York City

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Founded in 1984 by the Grateful Dead, the Rex Foundation celebrates the magical combination of music, community, creativity and joyful spirit in New York City on Saturday, November 12th with its Black Tie-Dye Ball featuring The Zen Tricksters and special guests Donna Jean Godchaux-McKay (Grateful Dead, Heart of Gold Band), David Nelson (New Riders of the Purple Sage, David Nelson Band), Tom Constanten (Grateful Dead), Rob Barraco (The Zen Tricksters, The Dead, Phil Lesh & Friends, The Dragonflys), Greg Anton (Zero, Heart of Gold Band), Michael Falzarano (Hot Tuna), and Wendy Lanter (Hope in Time). Mickey Hart is a special guest at the pre-concert reception.  Call (415) 561-3135 or go to www.rexfoundation.org for vip tickets & ticketmaster for concert tickets.  Proceeds support local non-profit programs.