The Songwriters Hall of Fame (SHOF) is celebrating 38 years as an organization and launching its first online auction on May 31. The auction will take place at www.charitybuzz.com and continue through June 14. All proceeds from the auction will go towards Songwriters Hall of Fame programs.
Auction items include an autographed dulcimer donated by Dolly Parton, who will be honored with the Johnny Mercer award this year, and an autographed copy of Russell Simmons' New York Times best seller Do You!: 12 Laws to Access the Power in You to Achieve Happiness and Success. The lucky bidder who wins Simmons' book will also join him in a yoga practice.
Other items include an autographed Gibson Guitar signed by the 2007 SHOF honorees and inductees, including Don Black, Jackson Browne, Irving Burgie, Michael Masser and Bobby Weinstein. Honoree autographs will include Dolly Parton, John Legend and Don Kirshner. A vintage Simon & Garfunkel poster signed by both Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel is also offered, as is a Baldwin M. Satin Ebony baby grand piano autographed by Tony Bennett, Hal David, Ervin Drake, Irving Burgie, Oscar Brand, Jimmy Webb, Jimmy Jam, Phil Collins, Nile Rodgers, Roger Taylor (Queen) and Melissa Errico.
This year's Songwriters Hall of Fame Awards induction ceremony and gala will take place on Thursday, June 7 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City. Inductees include Don Black, Jackson Browne, Irving Burgie, Michael Masser, Bobby Weinstein and Teddy Randazzo (posthumous). Honorees include Dolly Parton, John Legend and Don Kirshner. "Unchained Melody" will receive the Towering Song award.
Tickets for the Songwriters Hall of Fame begin at $1,000 each, and are available through Buckley Hall Events at 212/573-6933. Net proceeds from the event will go towards the Songwriters Hall of Fame programs.
For more information on auction items, full biographies and a complete list of inductees, visit http://songhall.org.