Public Can Trade a New or Gently Used Musical Instrument For Free Tickets to Manilow’s January 19th Concert

[North Charleston, SC December 12, 2013] – Legendary singer-songwriter Barry Manilow hopes others will once again follow his philanthropic lead as he brings his Manilow Music Project to the Charleston County School District in South Carolina.  The pop icon plans to donate a Yamaha piano to launch a local music instrument drive. Anyone who donates a new or gently used musical instrument to the North Charleston Coliseum box office will receive 2 free tickets (valid for pre-selected seat locations) for Manilow’s January 19th show. The Manilow Music Project has conducted music instrument drives all over the country to assist local schools with their music programs.  “I’m thrilled to be able to help bring the gift of music to these kids,” added Manilow. The North Charleston Coliseum Advance Ticket Office will be the base for the instrument drive in the Charleston area from now through January 19th.  The instrument drop off location is open 10am – 5:00pm Monday through Friday.  Additionally on event days on Saturday from10:00am to show time and Sunday 12:00pm to show time. “The Charleston County School District is proud to partner with The Manilow Music Project to support music education in our schools,” said Nancy McGinley, Superintendent of the Charleston County School District. “As Superintendent of a district that serves over 45,000 students, it is vital that we reach out and establish partnerships with leaders in every career field to provide our students with the resources and knowledge to succeed,” she stated. “What a tremendous inspiration it is for our students to know that this legendary composer and performer has taken such a personal interest in their future. Through his vision and generosity he is providing opportunities for students to develop individual performance skills through disciplined study as well as collaborative problem solving and team based critical thinking.  In other words, he is giving them the gift of music.” The Manilow Music Project (MMP) is part of The Manilow Fund for Health and Hope.  It was formed as a grass roots organization to assist local charities and programs.  Its primary focus is to provide musical instruments to high schools and middle schools and to provide music scholarships at universities throughout the US, Canada, and the UK. More information on the Manilow Music Project can be found at http://www.manilowmusicproject.org/. Tickets are available online at Manilow.com or Ticketmaster.com, in person at the North Charleston Coliseum Box Office, or by calling 1-800-745-3000. With worldwide record sales exceeding 80 million, Barry Manilow's unparalleled career encompasses virtually every arena of entertainment, including performing, writing, composing, arranging, and producing. A Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee, Manilow has produced, arranged, and released more than 40 albums during the course of his career.  He has also written and produced songs for Barbra Streisand, Bette Midler, Dionne Warwick, and many more.  He has been honored with a Grammy, two Emmys, a Tony Award, an Oscar nomination, and a top selling autobiography.