Save The Music Benefit Concert to New York City feat. Bon Jovi, John Legend, Queen Latifah, Joss Stone, Rob Thomas, Save The Music Benefit Concert to New York on April 11th
Save The Music Benefit Concert to New York City feat. Bon Jovi, John Legend, Queen Latifah, Joss Stone, Rob Thomas, Save The Music Benefit Concert to New York on April 11th.
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, VH1 President Christina Norman and Time Warner Cable of New York and New Jersey Senior Vice President & General Manager Barbara Kelly today announced a donation of over $1 million worth of new musical instruments to the New York City public school system. The donation, made by the VH1 Save The Music Foundation, furthers the Foundation's core mission to emphasize the importance of instrumental music as an integral part of a child's education. Since its inception eight years ago, the Foundation has restored instrumental music programs in 166 New York City Public Schools, providing nearly $4.5 million worth of new musical instruments.
The Mayor and VH1 also announced that thanks to the efforts of NYC Big Events, the "Save The Music: A Concert To Benefit The VH1 Save The Music Foundation" will be returning to New York City for the first time in 4 years. The annual star-studded concert with performances by Bon Jovi, Queen Latifah, John Legend, Joss Stone, Rob Thomas among others will take place at the famed Beacon Theatre on April 11th. The concert will cap off the "VH1 Save The Music Week" from April 4th through April 11th, and will be broadcast on VH1 on Sunday, April 17th at 9:00 PM (ET/PT). NYC Big Events President Maureen J. Reidy, Schools Chancellor Joel I. Klein and a student band from PS 207, PS 222 and IS 278 attended the announcement at PS 57 in Harlem.
"Music education is an important part of growing up - it teaches discipline, creativity, and an appreciation for the arts," said Mayor Bloomberg. "That's why, for the first time, our Administration has established a comprehensive citywide arts curriculum in kindergarten through 12th grade."
"VH1 Save The Music Foundation is truly excited to partner with the City of New York to creatively highlight the importance of music education and celebrate the positive benefits that it can bring to children, public schools and New York," said Christina Norman, President, VH1 and Chairman of the Board, VH1 Save The Music Foundation. "We're honored to bring the show back to New York City, the birthplace of VH1 Save The Music. Since its inception in 1997, the Foundation has brought music education to more than a half a million children, but the need to restore music education programs still exists. The concert -- and the entire VH1 Save The Music Week -- will generate awareness about that need nationwide."
"VH1 Save The Music Week" in NYC will precede the taping of "Save The Music: A Concert To Benefit The VH1 Save The Music Foundation" and will include a special interactive "Family Day" in conjunction with the American Museum of Natural History in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life.
Below is a list of festivities in New York City:
Monday, April 4th - Friday, April 8th: VH1 Save The Music Master Classes will be held each day throughout the week at a selected public school in each of the five New York City boroughs, showcasing the various aspects of music. Each interactive master class will allow New York City public school students to learn from the music industry's most prestigious performers.
Sunday, April 10th: VH1 Save The Music presents "Family Day" in conjunction with the American Museum of Natural History in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life.
Students and their families will be able to enjoy performances from critically-acclaimed singer and pianist Peter Cincotti, as well as the Marine Park Band, featuring students from PS 222, PS 207 and Marine Park Middle School. Cincotti will perform several tracks from his album, "On The Moon" as well as his self titled debut CD. Peter will also accompany Marine Park Middle School during their performance. And an instrument "petting zoo" will give children a hands-on experience with a variety of musical instruments.
In addition, VH1 Save The Music will partner throughout the week with prominent New York City establishments to raise funds for the Foundation. Every dollar raised in New York City will be used solely to restore music education in the New York City public school system. As an example, The John Varvatos' store in Soho will donate 15% from each purchase made that week.
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