Long Island Music Hall of Fame Proudly Announces 2016 Inductees, Induction Ceremony and Red Carpet Fundraising Gala

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Long Island Music Hall of Fame Proudly Announces
2016 Inductees, Induction Ceremony and Red Carpet Fundraising Gala
(New York, NY – September 13, 2016) Today, the Long Island Music Hall of Fame (LIMHoF) proudly announced their 2016 inductees – a diverse array of performers, groups, music industry leaders and venues that have made significant contributions to Long Island’s rich music history.  
This years’ class of inductees includes legendary music executive Charles Koppelman, guitarist and composer Steve Vai, singer/songwriter Garland Jeffreys, film composer Carter Burwell, hip-hop performer Big Daddy Kane, legendary songwriters/instrumentalists Santo & Johnny, early jazz specialist/bandleader Vince Giordano, and Westbury Music Fair, now the NYCB Theater at Westbury.  The LIMHoF will also present the 2016 Harry Chapin Award to Steven Van Zandt for his dedication to music education on Long Island and across the country. Additionally, LIMHoF honors the 2015 and 2016 Music Educators of Note — Long Island public or private school educators who have demonstrated an exceptional and long-term commitment to music education, as well as Long Island music students.
All of the inductees were selected from LIMHoF’s evolving and growing list of involved people, artists, groups and entities that were born, raised, were founded, or have resided on Long Island for a significant portion of their career or existence.
On Thursday, November 3, 2016, the Sixth Induction Awards Ceremony and Fundraising Gala with a star-studded red carpet event will take place at The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Avenue, Westbury, New York.
In addition to tributes, performances and introductions by the class of inductees, the Induction Ceremony will host a variety of celebrity appearances, musical performances and visits from former inductees.  Past attendees have included: Billy Joel, Lou Reed, LL Cool J, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, Eddie Money, Joan Jett, Clive Davis, Johnny Maestro & the Brooklyn Bridge, members of KISS, Paul Shaffer, Leslie West & Mountain, Roger Waters, Blue Oyster Cult, Taylor Dayne, Little Anthony, Laurie Anderson, Charlie Daniels, Al Kooper, Salt N Pepa, Vanilla Fudge, Alec Baldwin, the family of Aaron Copland, Public Enemy, members of Dream Theater, Ron Delsener, and many more. 
“On behalf of myself and the entire Board of Directors of the Long Island Music Hall of Fame, we are thrilled to have a new class of inductees join a long list of incredible people who have made their mark on the music industry”, said Joe Jankowski, Executive Director of the Long Island Music Hall of Fame.  “This Induction Ceremony is set to be one of our best yet and as always, we have quite a few surprises up our sleeves.”
“I am very pleased that the Long Island Music Hall of Fame has chosen The Space at Westbury for its prestigious induction ceremony.  We look forward to hosting this extraordinary event,” said Cyrus Hakakian, founder and owner of The Space at Westbury.
Discounted Pre-sale tickets will go on sale Tuesday September 13, 2016 at 11am, and end Friday, September 16, at 10am. General on-sale will then begin. General seating starts at $95 ($75 presale) and are available through Ticketmaster online at http://thespaceatwestbury.com.  Premium VIP table seating and sponsorships are available, which includes an exclusive VIP Pre-Induction Awards Dinner Party, Performances, and Awards Ceremony.
For information about Premium seating, please contact the Long Island Music Hall of Fame at 516-938-1626 or [email protected].
Additional Information:
Inductees are selected by the Hall of Fame’s Board of Directors from an evolving and growing list of people, artists, and entities that were born, raised, founded, or have resided on geographic Long Island (Brooklyn/Queens/Nassau/Suffolk) for a significant portion of their career. Induction is based on historical importance and the significance of their contribution to Long Island’s rich musical heritage. Complete induction criteria and more about previous inductees at http://www.limusichalloffame.org/inductees/.
Past inductees include: Simon & Garfunkel, Louis Armstrong, Billy Joel, Lou Reed, Carole King, George M. Cohan, Eddie Money, Joan Jett, Twisted Sister, Mariah Carey, The Ramones, Barbra Streisand, John Coltrane, members of KISS, Run DMC, Vanilla Fudge,  Johnny Maestro and the Brooklyn Bridge, Jones Beach Theatre, LL Cool J, Public Enemy, Taylor Dayne, Salt N Pepa, Clive Davis, Lovin’ Spoonful’s Joe Butler and Steve Boone, Gary U.S. Bonds, Eric Bloom and Buck Dharma (Blue Oyster Cult), Tony Bennett and many more. Full list upon request, or visit http://limusichalloffame.org.
Proceeds from the 2016 Induction Ceremony & Red Carpet Fundraising Gala will support the building of its first brick and mortar museum, as well as a variety of Long Island centric music education intitiatives designed and administered by LIMHoF.  This will include the support of its newest project, The Long Island Music Hall of Fame’s “Tour Bus”, a mobile music education museum, which will travel to school districts and private schools across Long Island with full-immersive and interactive exhibits.  Proceeds will also assist with our annual scholarship program, awarded to graduating High School seniors who have shown an interest in pursuing a career in music.
The Long Island Music Hall of Fame (LIMHOF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the idea that Long Island’s musical heritage is an important resource to be celebrated and preserved for future generations. The LIMHOF was created as a place to inspire in each person the desire to explore and celebrate music in all its forms and to be a place where the music community will find the support, resources and leadership necessary to aim them in that exploration. For more information about the Long Island Music Hall of Fame, visit www.limusichalloffame.org.
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