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Monday, July 28, 2014


Own a Piece of Muppets History: Yamaha Entertainment Group to Auction Off An Amazing Kermit-Green, Celebrity Autographed Piano to Benefit VH1 Save The Music

The Unique Yamaha Piano Was Created In Celebration of Disney’s “Muppets Most Wanted” and is Signed by Tina Fey, Ricky Gervais, Josh Groban and 15 Other Cast Members

Auction Begins Monday, July 28 at 9:00 AM EST via Charitybuzz.com


NASHVILLE, Tenn., July 28, 2014 — In celebration of the upcoming home entertainment release of Disney’s “Muppets Most Wanted” on Aug. 12, Yamaha Entertainment Group is auctioning off an incredible Yamaha Disklavier grand piano that has been signed by 18 cast members including Tina Fey, Ricky Gervais and Josh Groban and is valued at almost $74,000.

Bidding begins Monday, July 28 at 9:00 AM EST and is open through Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014 at 2:00 PM EST through leading charity site Charitybuzz.com. Proceeds will benefit VH1 Save The Music Foundation, devoted to restoring instrumental music education programs in America’s public schools, and raising awareness about the importance of music as part of each child’s complete education.

Beginning Monday, July 28, consumers can bid on the chance to own the Yamaha Disklavier E3 piano, which combines technology with tradition. A modern day “player piano,” it can accurately record piano performances and play back piano performances with all of the expression and nuance of the original performance. As an added bonus, this Muppet-inspired bright green piano comes with the seven songs from the “Muppets Most Wanted” soundtrack.

“We are always thrilled to work with Disney and the Muppets, and the fact that we can come together and donate such a magnificent instrument for music education is a true gift,” said Chris Gero, Yamaha Entertainment Group Founder and VP. “We are incredibly grateful to everyone who has contributed their time and talents to make this a reality. The winning bid of this grand piano supports the gift of music, an indispensable part of a child’s education.”

The piano features signatures from a diverse group of the cast and crew, including:  Co Stars Tina Fey, Ricky Gervais and Ty Burrell; Cameos Josh Groban, Danny Trejo, Ray Liota and Chloe Moretz; Director James Bobin; Musicians Bret McKenzie, Christophe Beck and Chris Caswell; as well as Muppet Performers Steve Whitmire, Dave Goelz, Eric Jacobson, Bill Barretta, Matt Vogel, David Rudman and Peter Linz.

"This is a very special piano both in color and sound,” said Josh Groban. “The only downside to owning it is my seething life-long jealousy associated with that responsibility. It's not easy being green (with envy).”

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ABOUT “MUPPETS MOST WANTED” HOME ENTERTAINMENT RELEASE

Disney’s “Muppets Most Wanted” is releasing on Blu-ray Combo Pack, Digital HD, DVD, Disney Movies Anywhere and On-Demand Aug. 12th, 2014. This must-own family film extras include THREE versions of the film (The Original Theatrical Cut, the Statler and Waldorf Cut, and The Unnecessarily Extended Cut), hilarious bonus content, including Statler and Waldorf’s version of the movie, and the laugh-out-loud gag reel, “The Longer, Longest Blooper Reel in Muppets History,” and a music video “I Can Give You What You Want,” performed by Bret McKenzie, to name a few.

“Muppets Most Wanted” stars Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, The Great Gonzo, Animal, Ricky Gervais (“The Office”) as Dominic Badguy, Ty Burrell (“Modern Family”) as Jean Pierre Napoleon and Tina Fey (“30 Rock”) as Nadya the Prison Guard. “Muppets Most Wanted” also features very special guest appearances by Tony Bennett, Sean Combs, Rob Corddry, Celine Dion, Josh Groban, Salma Hayek, Ray Liotta, Ross Lynch, Chloe Grace Moretz, Christoph Waltz and more!

“Muppets Most Wanted” was directed by James Bobin (“The Muppets,” “Flight of the Conchords”), written by Bobin and Nicholas Stoller (“The Muppets,” “Get Him To The Greek”) and produced by David Hoberman (“The Muppets,” “Beverly Hills Chihuahua”) and Todd Lieberman (“The Muppets,” “The Fighter”).

To learn more, please visit www.disney.com/muppets.

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ABOUT YAMAHA ENTERTAINMENT GROUP

Yamaha Entertainment Group of America is a boutique, one-stop shop, record label developed to be the champion of the musician with the backing power of the largest music manufacturer in the world. Yamaha Entertainment Group is branding, promotion, concert production, content development, product placement, tour support, piano logistics and artist relations, all rolled into one. Home to more than 3,600 talented artists, Yamaha Entertainment Group is responsible for the development and advancement of the Yamaha brand name through numerous artist related activities worldwide.

 

ABOUT VH1 SAVE THE MUSIC

VH1 Save The Music Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to restoring instrumental music education programs in America’s public schools, and raising awareness about the importance of music as part of each child’s complete education. To date, VH1 Save The Music has provided more than $51 million in new musical instruments to 1,900 public schools in more than 192 school districts around the country, impacting the lives of more than 2.3 million children.

 

ABOUT CHARITYBUZZ

Charitybuzz raises funds for nonprofits around the globe through online auctions with the world’s most recognizable celebrities and brands. Featuring access to acclaimed actors and musicians, business and political leaders, sports stars, luxury travel, couture fashion, rare memorabilia and more, Charitybuzz brings its online community of bidders exclusive opportunities to live their dreams and make a difference. Since launching, Charitybuzz has raised more than $100 million for charity. Visit www.Charitybuzz.com, like us on www.Facebook.com/Charitybuzz or follow us at @Charitybuzz.

 

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