An online auction of artwork created and donated by musicians including Serge Pizzorno, Jamie Hewlett, Pete Doherty, Nicky Wire, Justine Frischmann, Alison Mosshart and Jimmy Caulty launched yesterday (November 4).
The Art of Music fundraiser is in aid of UK-based charity Teenage Cancer Trust and runs until November 11.
The auction also features guest pieces from renowned artists, the Connor Brothers, Billy Childish and Illuminati Neon.
Other contributing artists include: Graham Coxon (Blur), Laurie Vincent (Slaves) and music industry execs including Mike Smith, Dominic Walker, James White, Fergus Cooper and Mark Fox.
The start of the auction kicked off with a gallery launch last night at the Union Private Members Club in Soho, and will continue to run online at givergy.co.uk/theartofmusic for a week before a closing gala dinner on Monday, November 11.
Director of Film & TV at Sony Music, Ian Neil and Music documentary-maker and artist Mark Sloper came together to organise the auction.
Every day seven young people aged 13-24 are diagnosed with cancer in the UK.
Teenage Cancer Trust is the only UK charity providing specialist nursing and emotional support to young people with cancer and funds 28 specialist units across the UK.
“I’ve been involved in both art and music for a long time, so to be able to harness them both for a charity which I’ve also worked with over many years is very special.”
Mike Smith, Warner Chappell Music UK
Mike Smith, Managing Director, Warner Chappell Music UK and Teenage Cancer Trust Board Member, added: “I’ve been involved in both art and music for a long time, so to be able to harness them both for a charity which I’ve also worked with over many years is very special.
“I hope this auction raises the profile of the musicians’ art, but more importantly raises money for the incredible Teenage Cancer Trust.”
“I have been overwhelmed by the support and thrilled to see so much great art being made available for such a great cause.”
Ian Neil, Sony Music
Ian Neil added: “Back in March I took my teenage daughter Lily to see Tom Grennan perform at the Royal Albert Hall in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust. She was visibly moved by one of teenagers who came on stage and told their story.
“I had noticed over time, that some of the artists and colleagues I have had the pleasure of working in the music industry made art in their spare time. I thought it be great to curate an exhibition and have them donate a piece for an auction in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust.
“I had no idea how many artists I would get or what sort of work it would be. I have been overwhelmed by the support and thrilled to see so much great art being made available for such a great cause.”
“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to own a unique piece of art. We’re grateful to all the musicians, artists and industry figures who are backing this incredible auction.”
Kate Collins, Teenage Cancer Trust
Kate Collins, Chief Executive at Teenage Cancer Trust, said: “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to own a unique piece of art. We’re grateful to all the musicians, artists and industry figures who are backing this incredible auction.
“Every penny raised will help Teenage Cancer Trust support more young people with cancer with specialist nursing and support when they need it most.”Music Business Worldwide