Bosses at Little Kids Rock, a nonprofit organisation which provides instruments and teacher training to low-income schools, have chosen the musician as the honouree of their 2017 benefit event.

Elvis, real name Declan Patrick MACManus, is one of a number of musicians who have helped the charity, having worked with them since 2012.

"Mr. Costello has been such a bright light in the world of music throughout his career and his work as an artist is as singular as it is memorable," Little Kids Rock founder and chief executive David Wish tells Billboard.com.

"The singer is the perfect person to highlight in this event with his talent and work that bridge together social issues and romantic optimism into the music world."

The benefit event will take place at New York City's PlayStation Theater on 19 October (17), and will feature an auction raising funds for the charity.

One of the lots in the auction will be the chance to perform live on stage with the Oliver's Army singer.

Other musicians who have worked with the charity include Steven Van Zandt, Brian Wilson and Smokey Robinson, who was its 2016 honouree.

In addition to helping disadvantaged kids, Elvis is also involved with the charity Music & Memory, which provides digital music players to dementia sufferers.