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NARAS and StarArt Foundation Join Forces for 1996 38th Annual GRAMMY Awards StarArt Foundation commissioned internationally renowned artist, Manabu Kochi, to create the original artwork promoting the 38th Annual Grammy Awards Ceremony. As Michael Greene, then President & CEO of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, noted “Just as our GRAMMY Awards recognize all forms of music, we are committed to creating graphic expressions that bring together diverse strains of fine art and pop culture. Manabu Kochi’s intriguing multicultural style captures the diversity and excitement of today’s GRAMMY Awards celebration." Kochi’s spirited, witty and evolutionary imagery graced the 38th Annual GRAMMY Awards with his rendition of the symbolic gramophone. StarArt has developed special, limited editions of commemorative Grammy art including A boxed set consisting of a GRAMMY SeriLith print, mini poster, GRAMMY program book and ticket, 2 collector’s pins, a GRAMMY compact disc of nominated music, and certificate of authenticity, in a limited edition of only 250. Available individually is the DeLuxe Original Grammy SeriLith, a total of 250 and a DeLuxe Original Miracle Rock SeriLith total of 374. Another collection is a portfolio set of 4 Serilith prints, titled “Music in the Air” depicting the “Pop, Rock, Country and R&B "music categories, limited to 399 All items are available for retail. All items are individually signed and numbered by the artist, Manabu Kochi. The majority of the profits will be going to the NARAS MusiCares Foundation and charities supported by the StarArt Foundation. The StarArt Foundation has reserved a limited number of the original collection to be offered through its Premium Vaults Collection.

38th Annual GRAMMY Week Official Kick Off Party GRAMMY Week Kick off Party held at the Carthew Thompson Gallery in Beverly Hills California hosted by Thomas G. Abraham, Chairman & Founder of the StarArt Foundation, and Rocky Aoki, Chairman & Founder of Benihana, Inc. This kick off party was a spectacular event that marked the beginning of the 38th Grammy celebrations. Well over 1000 guests attended the premier kick off party for the 38th Annual GRAMMYs and had an opportunity to mingle and meet Manabu Kochi, the official artist of the 38th GRAMMY Awards and view Kochi’s paintings, drawings and sculpture. One of the highlights of the evening was witnessing Michael Greene, then President of NARAS, unveil the official Grammy painting and special “Music in the Air” Portfolio, a suite of 4 SeriLiths titled Rhythm & Blues, Country, Pop, and Rock, and the 38th Annual GRAMMY Awards Serilith Print. Also unveiled for the first time were the “Miracle ROCK” Serilith Print, the StarArt Collection’s Limited Collector’s Pins featuring the Eagle in Flight, the Foundation’s logo star pins, the special designed “Music in the Air” Pin Collection and the StarArt Foundations Premier Limited Edition Collectors Boxed Edition. Box number One was presented to Quince Jones, the recipient of the MusiCares Award. The collection was created and dedicated to benefit the MusiCares Foundation. The Limited edition items in Kochi’s dynamic, limited edition, signed and numbered music related collection are considered to be the most sought after prized collectible items ever created for the GRAMMYs. Proceeds from the sale of the limited editions benefit selected charities of the StarArt Foundation and MusiCares Foundation, a charity established by NARAS to focus the resources and attention of the music industry on human service issues directly impacting the health and welfare of the music community. It is truly befitting to extend to Mr. Rocky Aoki, Chairman and Founder of Benihana, Inc., on behalf of all the members of the board of the StarArt Foundation our deepest thanks and appreciation for his support and generosity in making it possible to put on such a spectacular event.

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