Private virtual music lessons with Bobby Weir (Grateful Dead) and Amy Lee (Evanescence), Billy Strings tickets and signed merch, and a flyaway trip to see Incubus are all on the table as part of an online sweepstakes announced on Thursday supporting HeadCount, the nonpartisan voter registration organization.
The sweepstakes, staged via digital fundraising platform Fandiem, will also offer entrants the chance to win a virtual hang with Jason Mraz for up to nine people, a Brooklyn Bowl “Triple Strike” experience, and signed custom HeadCount guitars.
Proceeds from the donation-based series will benefit HeadCount’s upcoming “Save The Vote!” campaign to protect voting rights amid a recent flurry of restrictive voting legislation around the country. To make a donation, head here.
Of note, this marks the first time that either Weir, a founding member of HeadCount’s Board of Directors, or Lee, the classically trained singer/pianist of Evanescence, has ever offered a lesson to fans. Both Bobby and Amy’s lessons, as well as the virtual hang with Mraz, will be held virtually via online experience platform Lively.
“Hosting these incredible musicians on our platform, to support such an important initiative, brings together two of my great passions,” said Marc Brownstein, the co-founder of both HeadCount and Lively as well as the bass player for The Disco Biscuits.
Tying all the individual contests together are prizes of special D’Angelico guitars made especially for HeadCount and signed by the participating artists. Each Premier SS features a custom two-tone American Flag top design, as well as custom inlays reminding fans to “VOTE.”
D’Angelico and HeadCount have been aligned since the 2015 Fare Thee Well Grateful Dead 50th anniversary concerts, when Weir played a D’Angelico guitar onstage that was auctioned by HeadCount to support various Grateful Dead-affiliated charities. Later, D’Angelico produced a series of signature guitars for Weir.
“Our partnership with HeadCount is one of our most cherished,” said Ryan Kershaw, D’Angelico Executive Vice President, Product. “Their commitment to their mission is unrivaled, and it’s a true honor to aid in it. We’re proud to offer the Limited Edition HeadCount SS as both a custom, unique art piece that helps spread their democratic message and a highly playable, versatile instrument for the gigging musician or passionate collector.”
To enter the HeadCount sweepstakes, head to the Fandiem page, select the specific sweepstakes you want to enter, and make a donation—the more you donate, the more entries you will receive. For more information or to browse the various sweepstakes offerings, head here.
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