THE VH1 SAVE THE MUSIC FOUNDATION CELEBRATES BACK-TO-SCHOOL

Non-Profit Jump Starts Instrumental Music Programs In Fifty Schools Nationwide

Online PR News – 16-September-2011 – – New York, NY(September 14, 2011)– The VH1 Save The Music Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to restoring instrumental music education programs in our nation’s public schools and raising awareness about the importance of music education in a child’s development, is celebrating back-to-school with the announcement of 50 grants for the new school year. Each school district receiving instruments has committed to fund a certified music teacher to instruct the program, include music as a core subject in their curriculum and to build upon the grant, all fundamental parts of the Foundation’s mission.

The VH1 Save The Music Foundation will be restoring programs in Birmingham, Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Denver, San Felipe Del Rio, Durham, Burbank, Houston, Jersey City, Memphis, Nashville, New Haven, New York City, Philadelphia, Roanoke, San Diego, D.C., districts throughout the state of West Virginia and various other districts across the country, helping to ensure that no child is deprived of the valuable benefits of music education.

“As budgets continue to be cut it is now more important than ever that we work to keep music and the arts in our schools,” said Paul Cothran, Executive Director of the VH1 Save The Music Foundation. “While there is still much to be done, we are extremely excited to announce these new grants and hope that we can continue to help provide students with the benefits of music study.”

Through strategic partnerships with school districts, the Foundation provides brand-new musical instruments to public elementary and middle schools, jump-starting dormant music programs across the country. The school districts commit to funding certified music teachers’ salaries, providing maintenance and supplies, and scheduling instrumental music classes during the school day. The Foundation maintains a partnership with the district until instrumental music is in place in every school. Since its inception in 1997, the VH1 Save The Music Foundation has provided $48 million in new musical instruments to 1,800 public schools in more than 100 cities around the country, impacting the lives of over 1.8 million children.

Heading into the fall, the Foundation is also excited to feature a series of fundraising events including the continuation of our Songwriters Music Series, presented by Starburst® on September 22nd in Los Angeles with Colbie Caillait and the return of the VH1 Save The Music Foundation Family Day on October 22nd in New York. For more information or to find out how you can get involved please visit www.vh1savethemusic.com and follow us on twitter @vh1savethemusic.

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