NEW YORK (CelebrityAccess) – Steven Van Zandt, the multi-platinum artist, producer, songwriter, actor, and founder of the Rock and Roll Forever Foundation will be honored by the organization at its first annual Rock and Roll Forever Foundation Gala.
Set for Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019, at Hard Rock Cafe in New York City, the gala will honor Van Zandt for his commitment to supporting arts education, teachers, and students.
The gala will be hosted by comedian Drew Carey, and will feature musical performances by Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes along with special surprise guests. New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy will present Steven Van Zandt with an award for his dedication and contribution to arts education.
“Music will forever be humanity’s most effective and consistent source of inspiration and motivation, and, we have learned, music turns out to be our most solid common ground for establishing communication between teachers and students, which is where education begins,” said Steven Van Zandt.
Van Zandt founded The Rock and Roll Forever Foundation along with Jackson Browne, Martin Scorsese, Bono, and Bruce Springsteen, who also serve on the organization’s board of directors.
Proceeds from the gala will benefit TeachRock, the Foundation’s national K-12 curriculum initiative. TeachRock provides free, arts-driven curriculum designed to keep students engaged and in school to educators of all age groups and subject areas. TeachRock lesson plans are currently in use by more than 20,000 teachers in all 50 states.