President Bill Clinton, Superstar Mariah Carey and Singer India.Arie Celebrate Successful Restoration Of All Newark Public School Elementary Music Programs, By The VH1 Save The Music Foundation
Exhibition Of Fashion Photography Benefits The VH1 Save The Music Foundation
Time Warner Cable and The VH1 Save The Music Support Music Education In Dayton, Ohio At The Fraze Pavilion
News headlines throughout the country sang the praises of music education, as newspapers and broadcasts from the Miami to Los Angeles covered President Bill Clinton, Superstar Mariah Carey and Newcomer, Singer India Arie’s visit to the Louise A. Spencer School in Newark, New Jersey on June 26, 2001. Their visit celebrated the VH1 Save The Music Foundation and Cablevision Corporation’s successful restoration of instrumental music programs to all Newark Public Elementary Schools.
Past budget cuts had drastically trimmed music programs, but through grants of new musical instruments, and a commitment by Newark Public School Superintendent Marion Bolden to support the restoration of the district's music programs, all elementary music programs have been restored.
"When we began working with the Newark Public Schools three years ago, we knew we had the opportunity to do something special," said VH1 President, John Sykes. "We're thrilled to be here today to celebrate the fact that every elementary student in this city will now have access to instrumental music. Newark is the first community we worked with to restore complete, system-wide music programs, and what Cablevision and VH1 Save The Music have done here has become a model approach to working in partnership with local school districts and government officials across the country."
Statements, advocating for the importance of music education, heard by listeners and readers of the media coverage throughout the country included:
"It's a fact that learning improves in school environments where there are comprehensive music programs -- it increases the ability of young people to do math, as well as their ability to read," said Clinton. "What music does for you is it teaches you to use all of yourself. It requires mind, body, your heart and soul. When you give everything to something, it releases your dreams. Therefore, music is a good preparation for life."
"It taught me discipline and creativity," Clinton said. "It taught me how to be an individual and how to play on a team."
"What saved me was a music teacher that supported me and the fact that I could go home and sing," said pop star, Mariah Carey.
Newark Mayor Sharpe James, also in attendance, committed to supplementing VH1 Save The Music Foundation and Cablevision’s efforts in Newark with additional funding, which will guarantee that every student in the district will continue to have access to music education.
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``The Exhibition: An Evening of Rock & Roll Photography'' was held on Tuesday June 26, 2001 at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City to benefit the VH1 Save The Music Foundation.
Photographs of fashion, pop and rock stars by Patrick Demarchelier, Annie Leibovitz, Steven Meisel and others were auctioned by silent bids.
Proceeds from the auction and ticket sales will benefit the VH1 Save The Music Foundation’s efforts to restore instrumental music programs to public schools.
Time Warner Cable, in partnership with The VH1 Save The Music Foundation, will sponsor a local band concert at the Fraze Pavilion in Dayton, Ohio on Saturday June 30, 2001 from 4-11PM. Kincaid's Music of Springfield, Ohio will provide an "instrument petting zoo" from 3:30-8:00 PM. Children attending the event can visit the petting zoo and try out various instruments under the supervision of music teachers.
The VH1 Save The Music initiative is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of education in America's public schools by restoring and supporting music programs in cities across the country, and by raising public awareness about the importance of music participation for our Nation's youth.
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