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University of Iowa News Release

Feb. 25, 2004

The 10,000 Hours Show Announces Ben Folds As Performing Artist

Pop pianist Ben Folds will headline The 10,000 Hours Show May 2 at the University of Iowa, a unique concert for which tickets cannot be purchased, but are instead awarded free-of-charge to individuals contributing a minimum of 10 volunteer hours to Johnson County community organizations.

"The purpose of the project is to encourage involvement in the community, showcase many local nonprofit and service organizations and reward those who provide volunteer service to the community," said Jacek Pruski, executive co-director of The 10,000 Hours Show. "To our knowledge, this is a unique project, the first time nationally that an organization has presented a concert of the scale solely in return for volunteer hours. This will be an annual event that celebrates volunteering."

The concert location, to be announced at a later date, will be either Hubbard Park or the IMU Main Lounge.

Admission is based only on volunteer hours. Those who wish to attend must first register with The 10,000 Hours Show, sign a volunteer service agreement and complete a minimum of 10 hours of service by April 22 (minimum hours required varies based on the organization with which one volunteers). Registration is open to anyone regardless of age, but all service must be given to participating organizations in Johnson County. Registration information and forms can be picked up at the UI Student Government office (downstairs of the Iowa Memorial Union) or at Public Space ONE (6 1/2 S. Dubuque St., Iowa City). General information, online registration forms, a media kit and a searchable database of participating organizations are available at The 10,000 Hours Show Web site (www.tenthousandhours.org).

Ben Folds came into prominence in 1995 as the leader of the Chapel Hill, North Carolina-based trio Ben Folds Five. After the group disbanded in 1999, Folds went solo with his album "Rockin' The Suburbs." More information about Folds can be found on his Web site (www.benfolds.com).

The 10,000 Hours Show is a joint endeavor of the local grassroots nonprofit group The James Gang and the University of Iowa student group The Public Project. The Show's sponsors include The Stepping Up Project and the Iowa Arts Council through the National Endowment for the Arts. A full list is available at the organization's Web site.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Service, 300 Plaza Centre One, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Tom Snee, 319-384-0010, tom-snee@uiowa.edu