Grooveshark Partners with John Lennon Educational Tour Bus at Hangout Festival

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The leading streaming service for social interaction partners with legendary music advocate to capture key artists and spread the word about the importance of music education

Grooveshark, the leading streaming audio platform for content creators, listeners and broadcasters, today announced a continued partnership with The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, the premier non-profit 501(c)(3) state-of-the-art mobile audio and HD video recording and production facility which has provided hands-on experiences for students of all ages since 1998. The annual initiative is part of an ongoing effort to support the availability of increased quality music education in schools.

The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus is currently on the ‘75th Anniversary Tour’ in honor of Lennon’s birth. Grooveshark is teaming up with the John Lennon Bus on site at the 2015 Hangout Festival for interviews and full recording sessions with Grooveshark artists on the bus.

Grooveshark will also be supporting existing promotional efforts to provide free water to all festival goers to promote a fun, safe festival experience. We also be teaming up with Corkcicle using their truck to pump up the crowd waiting in line to enter the festival. We will be placing this pop-up monster DJ truck at the main entry gate with marketing promotions and free concert gear for attendees to encourage communal and safe fun. In addition, Grooveshark will jointly sponsor the only official Friday night festival after party.

“Grooveshark is about people connecting with music through social interaction,” said Sam Tarantino, Grooveshark CEO and Co-Founder. “We started Grooveshark as a way to bridge artists and fans. We can let the world know we remain committed to giving artists new ways to truly engage fans, by remaining committed to our work with The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus.”

“This is a big year for the bus and partnering with Grooveshark for The Hangout Festival is a great way to further our common emphasis on how music inspires youth,” said Brian Rothschild, executive director of the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus. “The artists participating in the festival tied with Grooveshark’s tremendous reach provides the perfect platform for our combined initiatives.“

Grooveshark is be running a weekly Countdown to Hangout Broadcast where we are playing track from hangout artists, and giving away 4 General Admission and 2 VIP tickets to the event, along with some all VIP access passes to the official after party. More information can be found at

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Grooveshark, founded in 2006, is the leading streaming audio platform for content creators, Broadcasters, and listeners. As one of the largest internationally available streaming platforms with nearly 30 million monthly active users, the platform enables content owners to instantly publish and market their music to a worldwide audience of millions. Grooveshark’s Broadcast platform powers the largest community of tastemakers and curators who have garnered nearly one billion plays within the first year by connecting young listeners with artists. The company is fundamentally changing the way audio content is discovered, virally marketed, and monetized. For more information about Grooveshark, please visit

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The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus is a non-profit state-of-the-art mobile Pro Audio and HD video recording facility that provides hands-on experiences for students of all ages. In its 18th year of touring, the Lennon Bus features the latest audio and video technology, gear and products. The concept began as an offshoot of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, dedicated to providing opportunities for both professional and amateur songwriters around the world; proceeds from which help support the Lennon Bus. The Lennon Bus travels across the U.S. and Canada year-round, providing free tours and workshops at schools, retailers, festivals, on tours with headlining artists, and at major industry conferences. Lennon Bus Europe began providing these same opportunities to the young people of Europe when it launched in Liverpool, UK in May 2013.

The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus is made possible by Yoko Ono Lennon and the following sponsors and contributors: Apple, NAMM, Montblanc, Adobe, Other World Computing, Yamaha, Neutrik, Musician’s Friend, Gibson Guitars, Epiphone, Avid, Audio-Technica, Digital Media Academy, SESAC, Genelec, SSL, NewTek, True Religion, Thomann, TodoCast, IP Access, ZVEX Effects, Reflecmedia, Baker & McKenzie, JamHub, Sonicbids, Litepanels, Clear-Com, Anton/Bauer, AJA, DJI Innovations, Copperpeace, Applied Acoustics Systems, Mobile Roadie, McDSP, Native Instruments, IK Multimedia, Noise Industries, JDI, iZotope, Mad Mimi, Ableton, Ampeg, Mackie, Guitar Player, Bass Player, Electronic Musician, Keyboard Magazine, Digital Rapids, SKB, Sonnet Technologies and LiveU.

For additional information about the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus and to check on the tour dates and locations, visit For information about the John Lennon Songwriting Contest visit

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