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  • Watch ‘Access All Areas’ Documentary with us on Wednesday, December 17th!

    We are very excited to announce that we will be hosting three special screenings of the rare Bon Jovi documentary Access All Areas: A Rock & Roll Odyssey on BonJovi.com on Wednesday, December 17th!

    The film follows the band during the NEW JERSEY Tour, from 1988 to 1990, and includes exclusive live, backstage, and candid behind-the-scenes footage.

    Previously only available in the US on VHS tape, this documentary was recently re-released on DVD as part of the NEW JERSEY Super Deluxe Edition album, available now through Amazon.


    Los Angeles: December 17 at 10:00 AM PST, December 17 at 3:00 PM PST, December 17 at 6:00 PM PST

    New York: December 17 at 1:00 PM EST, December 17 at 6:00 PM EST, December 17at 9:00 PM EST

    Sao Paulo: December 17 at 4:00 PM BRT, December 17 at 9:00 PM BRT, December 18 at 12:00 AM BRT

    London: December 17 at 6:00 PM GMT, December 17 at 11:00 PM GMT, December 18 at 2:00 AM GMT

    Tokyo: December 18 at 3:00 AM JST, December 18 at 8:00 AM JST, December 18 at 11:00 AM JST

    Sydney: December 18 at 5:00 AM AEST, December 18 at 10:00 AM AEST, December 18at 1:00 PM AEST

    Tweet #AccessAllAreas to join in the conversation during the screenings!


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  • Happy Holidays!

    Wishing you all a Happy Chanukah, Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

    Photo Credit: Robbie Quinn Photography

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  • Jon Bon Jovi receives Marian Anderson Award

    From www.jonbonjovisoulfoundation.org

    Jon Bon Jovi, founder and front man for the iconic band Bon Jovi and Chairman of the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, accepted the 2014 Marian Anderson Award last evening during a gala dinner and concert at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia. The singer, songwriter, actor, and producer, known for his philanthropy, has a long history of civic and humanitarian outreach.

    Both musically and philanthropically, Jon Bon Jovi’s work honors the spirit of America and salutes the principles that define our nation. Self-reliance, optimism, and community are key concepts he embodies, not just in his music, but also in his charitable efforts. These common threads have resulted in millions of dollars raised while bringing heightened awareness to the issues of homelessness and hunger that adversely impact our society. As Chairman of the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing about positive change and helping the lives of those in need “one SOUL at a time,” he focuses on the issues of food and shelter for individuals and families experiencing hunger and homelessness. In the Philadelphia region, the Foundation has supported a range of organizations, including Project HOME, Covenant House, Rebuilding Together and Northern Children’s Services, as well as Heart of Camden and Saint Joseph’s Carpenter Society in Camden, NJ.


    According to Nina C. Tinari, board chair of the Marian Anderson Award, “Jon Bon Jovi exemplifies the spirit of the Marian Anderson Award, which is to honor an artist whose leadership benefits humanity. We are honored to present him with this award in recognition of his many philanthropic contributions, especially those here in Philadelphia.”

    Jon’s opening remarks reflected on the privilege of being named recipient of the Award: “I am deeply humbled to be here tonight to accept this award. I do so fully aware of the rich and powerful legacy of this honor and the many iconic figures who have stood here before me. Each of the recipients of the Marian Anderson Award made great contributions to the arts, of course – but they used their GIFTS to seek change in our society and culture. Marian Anderson, Dr. Maya Angelou, Harry Belafonte, Sidney Poitier - these great men and women were all blessed with tremendous artistic gifts and were all role models in the truest sense of the word. Although they were recognized for their gifts - - we celebrate them for their actions.”


    Hosting last evenings gala was award-winning comedian Wanda Sykes. Performing during the prestigious event was rock band The All-American Rejects (performing an acoustic set); British singer-songwriter and Grammy Award-winner, Estelle; American actor, singer-songwriter, and record producer Jon Batiste of Stay Human; as well as 18-year-old Philadelphia violinist Sean Bennett, recipient of the Award’s Young Artist Study Grant, who this past summer attended the world-renowned Interlochen Summer Arts Camp.

    In his remarks, Jon spoke about when the Soul Foundation [jbjsf.org] was founded: “We truly could not have known the lives we would touch or the impact it would have. It is the shared belief in the basic dignity of the human soul and HOW with a little hope and opportunity people from all walks of life have the potential to ASPIRE to greatness and along the way INSPIRE others.”

    “It is such a special evening because the Marian Anderson Award Gala is the one night of the year in Philadelphia when we celebrate the unique capacity of the artist to change the world, “ said Tinari. She added, “This event allows us to celebrate the spirit and accomplishments of Marian Anderson and fulfill her intentions to support young, talented artists, like Sean Bennett, so that he and others like him will get the instruction needed to reach their full potential.”

    The Young Artist Study Grant program (YASG) is administered with the support of Marian Anderson Award partner, the University of the Arts, and is also made possible through a new partnership with Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan. YASG is designed to support high school-age artists who have financial challenges. Funds raised through the annual award gala help support this initiative and benefit over 20 students each year.

    The Marian Anderson Award was created in 1998 to celebrate critically acclaimed artists – individuals who have used their talents for personal artistic expression and whose body of work has contributed to our society in a singular manner. It is named in memory of the legendary singer and distinguished Philadelphian, Marian Anderson. Previous honorees include Harry Belafonte, Gregory Peck, Dame Elizabeth Taylor, Quincy Jones, Danny Glover, Oprah Winfrey, Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis, Sidney Poitier, Richard Gere, Maya Angelou and Norman Lear, James Earl Jones, and Berry Gordy.

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  • Jon Bon Jovi talks "interdependence" at Philly award

    By Chris Jordan, (app.com)
    Why get involved?

    It’s about the “interdependence” of people, said Jon Bon Jovi while receiving this year’s Marian Anderson Award for his humanitarian work in Philadelphia during a ceremony at the city’s Kimmel Center on Tuesday, Nov. 18.

    “Even though my journey has been vastly different than those traveled by Marian Anderson and others who have received this honor - perhaps it is our shared human experience that has led us to this common conclusion,” Bon Jovi said. “And that conclusion is simply this: we are all inextricably bound together. We are interdependent.”

    "None of us achieve in life solely due to our own efforts - the arts are the very definition of interdependence."

    The ceremony was hosted by comedian Wanda Sykes and featured musical performances by Estelle, the All-American Rejects and Jon Batiste. Estelle lit up the room with her version of the Bon Jovi classic “Livin’ on a Prayer.” Sen. Cory Booker and sister Sister Mary Scullion, who has worked with Bon Jovi’s Soul Foundation, attended.

    "That recognition of our interdependence was imparted to me by my parents and an early role model in my life — a neighbor that I had growing up. His name was Al Parinello," Bon Jovi recalled of his days in Sayreville. "He was a husband, a father and a guitar player. Thanks to his kindness and interest in me, I was able to take a broken acoustic guitar to his basement and learn to play a song. His faith in me, along with the occasional ‘kick in my butt’ when I wouldn’t practice, was the first spark in what eventually became my career.

    "Al didn’t have to do what he did. He wasn’t in it for the glory, or the fame, or the riches. He simply loved music and his generous heart told him to share that passion with others. He passed in 1995 and to this day I have Al’s initials carved into my guitar as a reminder that a gift is meant to be shared."

    Bon Jovi and the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation’s work in Philadelphia includes supporting Project H.O.M.E., the Covenant House and the Angel Network, the philanthropic organization founded by Marian Anderson Award recipient Oprah Winfrey.

    Bon Jovi’s philanthropy at the Jersey Shore includes a donation of $125,000 to the Sea Bright Fire Department after superstorm Sandy and a $1 million donation to the New Jersey Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund.

    He and his wife, Dorothea Bongiovi, created JBJ Soul Kitchen soup kitchen, where diners contribute either volunteer hours or a minimum donation for their meals.

    Dorothea Bongiovi, who attended the ceremony with Jon, and members of the Soul Kitchen staff recently donated lunches to volunteers helping to rebuild Union Beach, which is still recovering from superstorm Sandy.

    On the political end, Bon Jovi recently lent his support to an initiative created by Philip Murphy, the former U.S. ambassador to Germany, to rebuild the state’s middle class called New Start New Jersey.

    Past recipients of the Anderson award include Harry Belafonte,Gregory Peck, Elizabeth Taylor, Quincy Jones, Danny Glover, Oprah Winfrey, Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis, Sidney Poitier, Richard Gere, Maya Angelou, Norman Lear, Bill Cosby and Mia Farrow.

    Anderson, a Philadelphia native, opened new avenues of performance for African-American vocalists in her lifetime. She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1963.


    (Charles Fox, philly.com)

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