The Gram Parsons Foundation Successfully Launches, Raising Close To 25K During Their Kick-off Event During SXSW


AUSTIN, TX – Polly Parsons’ smile never left her face on the day of the Foundation launch. As the President of the Gram Parsons Foundation, the initial vision for the launch event far exceeded her expectations. “The love and goodwill we felt from every single person involved, from the artists, managers, volunteers, staff and patrons, was immeasurable.” With support from artists like Brendan Benson, Blitzen Trapper, Eric Burdon, Great Lake Swimmers, Alberta Cross, Cory Chisel, Jenny O, Amy Cook and Henry Wagons, great music and Gram Parsons were the common thread of the day. Liz Lambert and the entire Hotel San Jose staff donated not only the space but the stage, sound, personnel and support. Raising close to $25,000 from on-site and online donations, sponsorships, and raffles, it is an incredible start for the fledgling foundation. “Our primary focus for the foundation will start with implementing programs based on prevention, awareness and education for kids,” says Executive Director Erika Pinktipps.

VenueOne captured the concert in its entirety and will air the event on Thursday, April 5, beginning at 6 pm EST. Viewing via will allow all those who weren’t able to attend the launch in Austin the opportunity to experience this momentous day. There will also be a “donate now” button featured on the webcast page to allow viewers to take part in helping fulfill the mission of the Gram Parsons Foundation. VenueOne also captured interviews from the artists and put them together with clips that are available for viewing via their website or via the Gram Parsons Official YouTube page,

This launch event has given the foundation the momentum to start organizing events in LA, NYC, and London as well as involvement with some of the major Festivals, including Wakarusa. Here the Gram Parsons Foundation will have an on site presence and be able to connect with the public by bringing the message and mission to them.

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