NEW YORK, NY Monday Apr.17.2006 /netmusiccountdown.com/ -- Staind, Madonna, Gretchen Wilson and 3 Doors Down are a few of the artists taking part in Music Rising's online ticket auctions.

Proceeds from the auctions will help replace instruments lost in last year's Gulf Coast hurricanes.

The auctions are currently under way at www.ticketmaster.com/, and more will be added throughout the month. Each winning bidder will receive four premium concert tickets and, in some cases, an Epiphone guitar autographed by the artist.

Some of the other artists taking part in the auctions include Celine Dion, Lynyrd Skynyrd Def Leppard, Journey, INXS, John Butler Trio, Boz Scaggs, and the Gipsy Kings.

Founded by U2 guitarist The Edge, Music Rising is "an instrument replacement fund for musicians of the Gulf Coast." For more information on Music Rising, please visit www.ticketmaster.com/.

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