VH1 Save The Music Foundation is a non-profit initiative with two primary
missions: To restore music education programs in Americas public
schools, AND to raise awareness of the positive impact music participation
has on students.
WHAT DOES VH1 SAVE THE MUSIC DO?
VH1 Save The Music purchases new musical instruments to restore music
education programs that had been cut due to budget reductions in the
past or to save programs at risk of elimination due lack of instruments.
The foundation also conducts awareness campaigns, musical instrument
drives and fundraising events.
WHY THE NEED FOR VH1 SAVE THE MUSIC?
Music education programs have eroded in many cities and communities
across the country over the past 30 years. VH1 is dedicated to turning
back this trend to ensure all children have access to a quality education
that includes music.
WHY MUST ANY COMPLETE EDUCATION INCLUDE THE STUDY OF MUSIC?
Research has shown that a students involvement in their school
music program is crucial to a complete education. Musical study, develops
critical thinking and self discipline skills, improves a childs
early cognitive development, basic math and reading abilities, self-esteem,
SAT scores, ability to work in teams, spatial reasoning skills, and
school attendance. Also, researchers have found that children involved
with music education are more likely to graduate from high school and
attend college, and are less likely to be involved with gangs and substance
HOW DOES VH1 SAVE THE MUSIC WORK?
VH1 Save The Music works with our partners in identifying cities to
participate in the program each year. Once a community is selected,
the Foundation works with local cable systems, public school boards
and administrators to restore beginning instrumental music programs
where they no longer exist. In order to be eligible to receive a grant
of musical instruments, the local school system must conduct the music
program as part of the regular school day, and provide a qualified teacher
Since its inception in 1997, VH1 Save The Music has donated more than
$17 million worth of musical instruments to 750 public schools in 70
cities, improving the lives of more than 250,000 children. President
Bill Clinton has stated that "learning improves in school environments
where there are comprehensive music programs.We need to keep supporting
the VH1 Save The Music program.
VH1 STM has also been recognized this past year with several prestigious
awards. On August 26th, VH1 STM received the 2000 Governors' Emmy Award
from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, which honors the
achievements of a company or organization whose work stands out with
the immediacy of current achievement. In addition, VH1 STM received
the George Foster Peabody Award for its extensive 1999 campaign, and
two Beacon Awards, presented by the Cable Television Public Affairs
Association, recognizing VH1 STM's exemplary public affairs initiatives.
VH1 Save The Music is committed to restoring music education programs
for one million children in the next ten years.