HISD Receives $450,000 Grant From The VH1 Save The Music Foundation

September 9, 2008

The VH1 Save The Music Foundation, along with Comcast and Yamaha Corporation of America, is again providing new musical instruments to re-establish 15 public school music education programs in the Houston Independent School District for the 2008/2009 school year.

The grant, valued at $450,000, is part of The Foundation’s efforts to restore instrumental music education programs in public schools nationwide. To celebrate the grant, an event will be held at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 10 at the Hattie Mae White Educational Support Center, 4400 West 18th St., where students will demonstrate their skills and share a performance with the community and school officials.

This year’s donation is part of an ongoing effort by The VH1 Save The Music Foundation, Comcast and Yamaha to ensure that all students in the Houston Independent School District receive music education as part of their core curriculum. Since 2000, Comcast and VH1 Save The Music have provided $1,150,000 worth of new musical instruments to restore music programs in 40 schools.

“Having just celebrated The Foundation’s 10th anniversary, we are happy to continue our mission by partnering with Comcast,” said Paul Cothran, executive director, VH1 Save The Music Foundation. “Their steadfast support moves us closer to the day when all students throughout the Houston Independent School District will have access to the benefits of music and secures our proud national tradition of innovation and creativity. Now with the support of Yamaha, we are thrilled to be able to bring even more resources to the students of HISD schools.”

“It is imperative that we continue to increase awareness about the importance of music education,” said Tony Speller, senior vice president for Comcast’s Houston Region. “We’re thrilled to continue supporting the efforts of the VH1 Save The Music Foundation and giving the gift of music education to the students in the Houston area school district. This year’s donation exemplifies Comcast’s commitment to the public schools in our community.”

Since the VH1 Save The Music Foundation was created in 1997, it has donated more than $43 million worth of new musical instruments to 1,600 public schools in 100 cities.

InstantNewsWestu Staff

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