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The Cure's Robert Smith Donates Guitar to Music Education Programs

The Pasadena Daydream Festival announced that The Cure’s Robert Smith will be donating one of of his stage guitars to benefit Free Arts, Inner-City Arts, Little Kids Rock, Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation and The Painted Turtle. This contribution is made in addition to a $1-per-every-ticket-sold donation to these music and arts education organizations and local charities.

Redesigned for 2019, the new Schecter Robert Smith Signature UltraCure has a sleeker offset chambered mahogany body. Armed with dual Seymour Duncan ’59 humbuckers and a Bigsby vibrato, the new UltraCure has a set-in neck design with a 25.5” scale neck, ebony fingerboard, Mother-of-Pearl vintage block inlays and side glow-dots for dark stages. The donated guitar will be one of three UltraCures played onstage by Robert Smith at the Pasadena Daydream Festival on Saturday, Aug. 31, and it will be signed by him immediately after the show.

To bid on Robert Smith’s guitar from the show, follow the instructions at charitybuzz.com/RobertSmith. The bidding will close after Labor Day weekend and the winner will be informed on Sept. 3 via email.

The Cure is headlining and curating the Pasadena Daydream Festival, which is taking place at the Brookside Golf & Country Club at the Rose Bowl on Saturday, Aug. 31, featuring performances by Pixies, Deftones, Mogwai, Throwing Muses, The Joy Formidable, Chelsea Wolfe, The Twilight Sad, Emma Ruth Rundle and Kælan Mikla.

Following their 40th anniversary appearance at BST Hyde Park, London in 2018, The Cure have invited a selection of their favorite artists for another summer headline event, this time set against the West Coast backdrop of Pasadena’s Rose Bowl. In Robert Smith’s own words, “Hyde Park was a fabulous experience. The whole day was really magical, and we wanted to create something with a similar celebratory vibe for this summer.”

Recently inducted into the Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame, The Cure has been instrumental in shaping the global, post-punk musical landscape. Earning a reputation for melancholy with albums such as Pornography , Disintegration and Bloodflowers , the band has also produced an astonishing succession of pop hits, including "Boys Don’t Cry," "The Lovecats," "In Between Days," "Close To Me," "Just Like Heaven," "Lullaby," "Lovesong" and "Friday I’m In Love."


List of beneficiaries:

Free Arts - Free Arts uses art to restore hope, resiliency and self-esteem in children (ages 4-18) in Los Angeles who have experienced abuse, neglect, poverty and/or homelessness. Free Arts creates a safe environment where children can feel, understand and express their emotions and begin to recover and gain a sense of mastery and empowerment.

Inner-City Arts - Children who attend Inner-City Arts develop skills that are highly valued in the 21st-century workforce such as collaboration, creativity and critical thinking. Inner-City Arts’ services include classes during the instructional day for elementary students, after-school, weekend and summer workshops for teens and creativity-based professional development for educators.

Little Kids Rock - Little Kids Rock transforms lives by restoring, expanding and innovating music education in our schools. Our network of thousands of K-12 teachers across 45 states leads a national movement bringing innovative and inclusive music education to students. Using genres including rock, pop, latin and rap, our program empowers teachers to build music programs as diverse as the kids they serve.

Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation - The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation keeps music alive in our schools by donating musical instruments to under-funded music programs and providing vital services to school districts nationwide. The foundation gives economically-disadvantaged youths access to the many benefits of music education, leading them to success in school and inspiring creativity and expression through playing music. Over 23 years, more than 28,000 instruments have been donated to 1,541 schools across the country. Visit.mhopus.org to learn more.

The Painted Turtle - The Painted Turtle is more than a camp – it’s a place where children with serious medical conditions can just be kids. Children with chronic and life-threatening illnesses arrive looking for a typical camp experience, and what they discover is confidence, belonging and a feeling of acceptance that lasts long after they head home. For many campers, their camp experience is the best time of the year. For their families, The Painted Turtle provides unparalleled care, education and well-needed respite. All programs are always completely free of charge.

Tickets are on sale now at PasadenaDaydream.com.