Following Black Friday, Shop Small Saturday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday is a day to focus on giving back to organizations that speak to your passion. Learn more here. Happy giving!!!!
Robert Gupta, founder of our Inaugural Partner, Street Symphony, delivers a powerful Ted Talk describing how music can be used as medicine.
"When Robert Gupta was caught between a career as a doctor and as a violinist, he realized his place was in the middle, with a bow in his hand and a sense of social justice in his heart. He tells a moving story of society's marginalized and the power of music therapy, which can succeed where conventional medicine fails."
Orlando, Fla., October 24, 2016 – Hard Rock Cafe International (USA), Inc., one of the world’s leading hospitality companies, announced today that Hamish Dodds, its President and CEO, has decided to step down from his position in early 2017 to pursue new opportunities. The company is wholly owned by the Seminole Tribe of Florida. It has been led by Dodds since 2004.
“It has been an absolute privilege working for Hard Rock over the last 13 years and leading the growth of this amazing brand, while helping to reinforce Hard Rock’s unique character, and its commitment to service and philanthropy. Hard Rock is a place where staff are empowered to deliver authentic guest experiences in a rock and roll environment,” said Dodds. “Today, the business is well positioned with a strong brand footprint and an extensive pipeline of projects in all business units. I wish the Seminole Tribe of Florida and all our Hard Rock employees and partners continued success in the future.”
Orlando, Fla. – Sept. 30, 2016 – Hard Rock International has completed the acquisition of casino and hotel-casino rights in the western U.S., as well as in several key international markets, from affiliates of BREF HR, LLC, which own the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Originally separated from the Hard Rock International’s portfolio more than three decades ago, the rights acquired in this deal reunite Hard Rock International’s global territory for casinos and hotel-casinos, which Hard Rock believes positions the company for unprecedented growth opportunities.
“This is a historic day for the brand and we could not be prouder to announce this acquisition that we believe ignites the path for further expansion around the globe,” said Jim Allen, Hard Rock International’s chairman. “With the newly acquired rights the Hard Rock brand has now been united for the first time in more than 35 years under one controlling ownership, the Seminole Tribe of Florida, allowing for globally consistent customer service and standards at all of our locations.”
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When you stay at any Hard Rock Hotel, be sure to ask about the opportunity to stay in the our exclusive Hard Rock Heals Suite! The suite is decked out with all things chill, from an iPad® loaded with our curated relaxation playlist and a state-of-the-art JBL speaker to play it on, to a meditation class to take you back to center and a renowned Manduka® yoga mat, fit for your practice.
One Hard Rock Heals Suite is available at each Hard Rock Hotel location worldwide and a portion of the cost of your stay will go to our Hard Rock Heals Foundation efforts to heal lives and promote wellness through the power of music. Learn more
We’re excited to congratulate William Graves, student at Stax Academy, on earning a full scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston. Keep rocking William!!!!!!
Read more about William and the Stax Music Academy
Have you ever considered what songs would live on your eternal playlist? What music would accompany you if you were stranded on a desert island. Our friends at Nordoff Robbins asked just that.
Check out the ‘Ultimate Playlist’ and see if your favorite tune made the cut!
Music is power. On July 1st, Nordoff-Robbins celebrated this power while hosting the 2016 O2 Silver Clef Awards. Honoring icons such as Patti Smith and Lionel Richie as well as emerging artists Jess Glynne and Olly Murs, the event raised more than $700,000USD for those fighting to improve their lives through music.
Read the full article which includes some video of acceptance speeches by Hozier and Florence Welch, among others.
On Wednesday, June 22nd, music will bring us together to support the victims, survivors, and their families and various communities affected by the recent tragedy in Orlando, FL. The ALL IS ONE Orlando Unity Concert will be headlined by Imagine Dragons and Nate Ruess, and held at Hard Rock Live Orlando.
100% of ticket sales will benefit the OneOrlando Fund. #AllIsOne
Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com, or by calling TicketMaster at 407-839-3900 or the Hard Rock Live Box Office at 407-351-5483.
Prince was well known as a singer, song writer, producer, and even actor, but did you know he was also a huge philanthropist? Throughout his life, Prince collaborated with a number of charities and organizations including Green for All, which creates green jobs in disadvantaged communities, and #YesWeCode, an organization that educates urban youth about technology. He also raised awareness for Black Lives Matter and was always using his influence to help others. "His cause is humanity…. He cares a lot about people. Nobody went to a Prince concert and said, 'I don't belong here. I'm not black. I'm not white. I'm not cool. I'm not straight. I'm not whatever.' His cause was empowering and uplifting people. That didn't stop when he walked off the stage or out of the studio. It was a current of genius trying to move the human heart."
Read the full Rolling Stone article on Prince's passion for philanthropy