Thank you every one of you! Your participation in the Christmas In August sale managed to put close to $10,000 into the Pearl Foundation coffers; between merchandise sales on and off the road, donations, living room concerts, and this auction, we have surpassed last year's half million mark – and one day, someday, I'm confident we'll hit that magic million! Not bad, for a small foundation that does no advertising and has only existed since 1998. So thank you one and all.
As I write this, I'm just finishing up my 30-date tour of the UK and Benelux, and what a fabulous time I've had. This is absolutely the best tour I've done in decades, with many, many special moments. I taped a BBC Songwriter's Circle with Neil Finn, performed for Dame Cleo Laine, and got a four star review in the London Times! Tonight is my last solo concert of the year, at Leeds Variety Theatre; tomorrow Lee and I head home for some well-earned R&R.
Our year-end fund-raiser is the fourth annual Message Board Auction. The auction is run entirely by fans, via the Janis Ian Forums on my website. As in previous years, it will be run by Hoops, with Kathleen Brogan acting as banker. The auction itself will begin November 20 at 9 pm Central Standard Time, and end December 5th, also at 9pm Central. On November 17th, two new message boards will magically appear, and people will begin posting their items. Posting ends the 20th just before 9PM CST. All items to be posted must be pre-approved by Hoops! Please contact her at Hoops@janisian.com for information.
There are new rules. Those of you who've participated in previous auctions, please make sure you read the rules again!!
Some of the items you'll be seeing: Billie's Bones and Folk Is the New Black tour VIP laminates, a fingerprint kit created to publicize god & the fbi, old old archival postcards of yours truly… as well as home grown DVD's of the BBC Songwriter's Circle television special with myself, Neil Finn, and Ryan Adams. A Rude Girl jacket with logo on the back, Hoops' “Rudie fan starter set”, and my own tour book from the past 60 days overseas!!
Fans are encouraged to donate whatever items they think the market will bear, and the items do not have to be “Janis Ian-specific.” Just remember that peoples' funds are limited, so the items should be interesting – and shippable!
Thank you one and all in advance for your generosity, and see you soon!
What an Anniversary!
50 years since her first album, 40 years since her first Grammy.
$80,500 from Pearl this year!
$80,500. That's how much we just sent to our four current scholarship funds. $909,000. That's how much money the Pearl Foundation has now given to fund our five ongoing scholarships for returning students.
Patience & Sarah wins prestigious Earphones Award!
Patience & Sarah has won a prestigious Earphones Award from AudioFile. Here's some of what they had to say: "Janis Ian and Jean Smart bring exquisite joy, vulnerability, and honesty to their narration of Isabel Miller's 1969 historical fiction novel about the love between a poor farmer's daughter, Sarah, and a folk painter, Patience, in nineteenth-century New England."