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Spin Launches UPick Subscription Donation Program

Spin announced today the launch of UPICK, an online subscription donation program. Each year, Spin will select five charity partners to receive a quarterly contribution from revenue generated from subscriptions made via Each online subscriber will have the opportunity to allocate $2 of their subscription cost to the charity partner of their choice. The 2006/2007 charities were chosen based on their deep connection within the musical community. This year’s charities are: Road Recovery, Silverlake Conservatory of Music, Surfrider Foundation, VH1 Save the Music Foundation, and YouthAIDS.

“I have always believed that by giving you get so much more in return,” said Spin President Tom Hartle. “This revolutionary program will not only provide our readers with the opportunity to make a positive contribution to causes that they really care about, but will also allow us at Spin to bring attention to these amazing charitable programs.”

“As VH1 Save The Music approaches its tenth year we are looking to expand our awareness,” said Paul Cothran, Executive Director, VH1 Save the Music Foundation. “This partnership is a perfect fit for us to ensure broader understanding of the important benefits of music education, and access for more public school students to receive those benefits.”

“At YouthAIDS, we know that young people listen to their peers, the media, and their role models. The partnership with Spin helps bring the message of HIV education and prevention to those at greatest risk — young people between the ages of 15 and 24″ said Marshall Stowell, Deputy Director, YouthAIDS. “Through the readers and pages of Spin we hope to raise funding and awareness for our life-saving programs in 60 countries.”

About the 2006/2007 UPICK charity partners:

Through mentoring, educational, and live performance-based programs, Road Recovery helps young people find their way toward a healthy future. Road Recovery, a non-profit organization, is composed of entertainment industry professionals whose lives have been touched by addiction and other adversities and now wish to make a positive impact on the lives of others. | Subscribe and donate to Road Recovery

The Silverlake Conservatory of Music, founded by Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, is a non-profit music school based in Los Angeles, CA, that facilitates basic music education. It offers private lessons to children and adults on a vast array of musical instruments. The Conservatory grants scholarships to children in need, providing free lessons and instruments. | Subscribe and donate to Silverlake Conservatory

The Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to the protection and preservation of our world’s oceans, waves, and beaches. Founded in 1984 by a handful of visionary surfers, the Surfrider Foundation now maintains over 50,000 members and 64 chapters across the United States and Puerto Rico. | Subscribe and donate to Surfrider

The VH1 Save the Music Foundation is a public charity dedicated to ensuring that all U.S. public school students have access to a music education program. The Foundation restores instrumental music programs in U.S. elementary and middle schools, and puts instruments directly in the hands of students. Since 1997, the Foundation has restored music programs in over 1,400 public schools, donating more than $30 million worth of new instruments to over 750,000 students. | Subscribe and donate to VH1 Save the Music

YouthAIDS, an educational and prevention initiative of PSI, uses media, pop culture, music, theater, and sports to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS and reach 600 million young people in more than 60 countries with life-saving messages, products, services, and care. Just $10 can help educate and protect a young person for an entire year. | Subscribe and donate to YouthAIDS