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September 28, 2009 15:42 ET

Silicon Valley Rocks! Announces Second Annual Benefit Concert Showcasing Tech Professionals

Proceeds to Support 'Music in Schools Today'

SAN FRANCISO, CA--(Marketwire - September 28, 2009) - On December 9, Silicon Valley Rocks! 2009 will bring together the Valley's tech community -- from VCs and entrepreneurs to bloggers and software developers -- to raise money for Music in Schools Today (MuST) (, a Bay Area non-profit that seeks to rescue music programs from budget cuts. The showcase will once again feature six Silicon Valley bands comprised of technology professionals.

All proceeds from sponsorships and ticket sales for Silicon Valley Rocks! will be donated to Music in Schools Today (MuST). Past and current sponsors of the event include Amgen, Melodis, Microsoft, Nokia, Kaboodle, Strands, Joie de Vivre Hotels, and others.

Also, Silicon Valley Rocks! is announcing an open call for bands. Bands must be connected to the technology industry (work in it, write songs about it, or use technology in their music). More information and the official submission form can be found at

"We are thrilled to be holding our second annual concert," said Alison Murdock, founder of Silicon Valley Rocks! "Last year, what really struck a 'chord' with us was how prevalent music is among technology industry professionals, and how much the bands rallied around helping the next generation of geek rockers."

The event will be held at the famous Great American Music Hall ( in San Francisco, home to live indie bands and music legends including the Grateful Dead, Duke Ellington, Modest Mouse, and Van Morrison.

"Music in Schools Today is thrilled to be the beneficiary of Silicon Valley Rocks!" said Meg Madden, executive director of MuST. "Our organization is committed to ensuring that music education is available for our future generations. Playing an instrument and reading music helps with learning language arts, science, math, and communication skills. We applaud the Silicon Valley tech community for joining in our efforts to make sure kids get exposure to music in their schools."

WHAT: Second Annual Silicon Valley Rocks! featuring bands hailing from the technology industry.

WHEN: 7:00PM on December 9, 2009

WHERE: Great American Music Hall

TICKETS: Tickets are on sale now. Prices start at $25, and VIP tickets include drinks, food, and premier seating. Ticket purchases are tax-deductible and can be purchased at

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES: Silicon Valley Rocks! offers a great opportunity for technology companies, media outlets, and individuals to support a very important educational cause and have a great time in the process. Sponsorship opportunities start at $995 and include a demo table, set of event tickets, and other great benefits. Sponsorships and contributions are tax deductible. For more information, visit

About Silicon Valley Rocks!

Silicon Valley Rocks! is produced by Alison Murdock, a Silicon Valley entrepreneur with 17 years in the tech events business. Alison is a vocalist and an aspiring bass guitar player.

About Music in Schools Today:

MuST is the Bay Area's answer to the crisis in music education. Despite extensive research indicating that music instruction supplies intellectual, emotional and physical components critical to children's development, music and arts programs are often the first victims of budget cuts. MuST advocates, supports and develops integrated, accessible, sustainable and measurable music-in-education programs that improve student achievement.

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