The Bob Moog Foundation has announced its 2020 Raffle, featuring a vintage, iconic Minimoog synthesizer signed by legendary keyboardist Herbie Hancock. Hancock has signed the back of the Minimoog, drawn a musical staff, and added the inscription “(Hey Bob!)” on either side.
The raffle begins today, and ends on March, 10, 2020, or when all 4,500 tickets have sold. Tickets are $25 each, five for $100, 12 for $200, or 35 for $500. All proceeds from the raffle support the Foundation’s educational project, Dr. Bob’s SoundSchool, and its newly opened Moogseum, located in Asheville, NC. Tickets can be purchased at this link. The Minimoog is valued at $5,000.
Herbie Hancock joins a long list of renowned musicians supporting the Bob Moog Foundation’s efforts. Recent raffles have featured vintage synthesizers signed by Stevie Wonder, Dr. Fink of Prince and the Revolution, Jan Hammer, and Rick Wakeman. Hancock, whose illustrious career spans five decades and 14 Grammy awards, helped pioneer the use of synthesizers in jazz, and has been at the forefront of using technology to make music. He is known for his ever-probing jazz sensibilities, his willingness to explore music across all genres, and is considered to be among the most elite and influential players of his time.
“We are honored to have Herbie Hancock’s participation in our educational and historic preservation work through this raffle,” noted Michelle Moog-Koussa, Executive Director of the Bob Moog Foundation. “Beyond his immense talent and stunning career, we are deeply gratified that he understands and embraces the importance of our educational work with young children.”
“The Bob Moog Foundation is carrying on the educational mission of Bob Moog, ensuring that the future will be left in the hands of young people who are constantly creating, constantly breaking barriers,” added Herbie Hancock. “I support the Foundation in their work with Dr. Bob’s SoundSchool because our future depends on inspiring today’s young children. They are our future.”
Hancock, who turns 80 this year, continues to make new music and tour worldwide.