VH1 Save The Music Foundation E-Newsletter Winter 2008


About the

VH1 Save The Music Foundation

The VH1 Save The Music Foundation is a 501c3 public charity dedicated to restoring instrumental music education in US public schools and raising public awareness about the importance of music participation for our nation’s youth.  The Foundation works in school districts around the country to create equity in access to instrumental music programs for our nation’s children and to close the disparity between resource-rich school districts and districts that are underserved.

Since 1997, the VH1 Save The Music Foundation has

provided more than 40 million dollars worth of new

musical instruments to over 1,500 schools with grants in

100 communities. The Foundation is currently working with 30 communities to restore music education programs. For more information, check out www.vh1savethemusic.com, or download the Foundation’s latest annual report

Come meet the VH1 Save The Music Foundation Staff at the following upcoming events:


(AASA - the American Association of School Administrators)

February 15 - 17, 2008

Tampa Convention Center

Tampa, FL

Booth 233

Music Pavilion Surf's Up Social

Friday, February 15, 2008

1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Tampa Convention Center

East Hall Isle 100

Award for Distinguished Support of Music Education Presentation at AASA National Conference

Sunday, February 17 , 2008

9:00 am

Tampa Convention Center

General Session


(ASCD - the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development)

Session 1411

Access to Music Study Is Vital to Quality Education

Thursday, March 13, 2008

5:15 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.

Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

New Orleans, LA

Room 355


(NSBA - the National School Boards Association)

March 29 - March 31, 2008

Orange County Convention Center

Orlando, FL

Booth 330


(The National Association for Music Education)

April 10 - 12, 2008

The Midwest Airlines Center

Milwaukee, WI

Booth 731

Session Title: Why Advocate Now? How to Be Proactive Rather Than Reactive

Thursday, April 10, 2008

3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

The Midwest Airlines Center

Milwaukee, WI

Guide To Building Your Instrumental Music Program:

The VH1 Save The Music Foundation has developed a guide for schools to give some insight on starting and growing a vibrant instrumental music program. Music classes have different needs than other school classes and this guide was developed to help schools give their students the best program possible. Click here to download a free copy.

Donate Now:

As a public charity, the VH1 Save The Music Foundation relies on the support of individuals, corporations, and private foundations to help underwrite our important work.

To donate to the Foundation, and to directly put musical instruments into the hands of America’s public school students, please click here.


The VH1 Save The Music Foundation achieved its 10th Anniversary goal of impacting the lives of over 1 Million children with the grants donated at the start of the 2007/08 school year. Click here to view the Foundation's 2007 Annual Report.

The VH1 Save The Music Foundation works closely with school districts to ensure that all schools within their community provide equal access to the benefits of a comprehensive music education.  Keep reading to learn of an example of the Foundation strategically partnering with a school district to restore vital music education programs.

The NAMM Foundation and leading advisor
organizations are searching for communities that support music education and include music education offerings as part of a complete education for all students. The VH1 Save The Music Foundation is proud to play a part in this important national recognition effort, and we encourage you to nominate your community by completing the ninth annual Best Communities for Music Education in America (BCME) survey.

Visit The NAMM Foundation on the Web at www.nammfoundation.org now through March 3, 2008 to review and complete an online survey form on behalf of your community. If you prefer, you can forward this message to a school administrator or other local educator who has more of the data close at hand.

School districts have reported that being designated a “Best Community for Music Education” helped them gain valuable recognition for their communities that in turn aided their efforts to sustain and grow their music education programs. We encourage you to participate now on behalf of your community. 

Click here to participate in the survey.


Should your district be recognized as a

Best Community for Music Education?

The VH1 Save The Music 10th Anniversary Gala presented by LG celebrated the Foundation’s 10 remarkable years of restoring music education  programs in more than 1,500 public schools across the country. All told, the Gala event raised more than 2 million dollars in support of the Foundation’s work and renewed our supporters’ commitment to help us restore instrumental music education to over 100 million students over the next ten years.

The event, hosted by Maria Menounos, featured performances by John Mayer, Jon Bon Jovi, Roger Waters of Pink Floyd, Miri Ben-Ari, and a  61-piece orchestra made up of students from VH1 Save The Music grant-recipient schools across the United States.

During the celebration, the Foundation paid tribute to former president Bill Clinton, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, Mariah Carey, John Sykes, founder of the VH1 Save The Music Foundation, and NAMM: The International Music Products Association for their unyielding support and dedication to the Foundation’s mission.

Click here to see more pictures from this historic event.

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The VH1 Save The Music Foundation began working with the
Houston Independent School District (HISD) in 2000, restoring two music programs per year. Beginning this past year, HISD redoubled its efforts and, working with the foundation, began restoring fifteen music programs per year - and the results are

HISD Superintendent Dr. Abelardo Saavedra thanks (right to left) Rob Davidson of VH1 Save the Music Foundation, Ray Purser of Comcast, and Mike Bates of Yamaha for the for the donation of new musical instruments valued at $450,000.

already showing!

HISD Foundation began an annual fundraiser, WinterFest and VH1 Save The Music Foundation supported schools are making headlines for their improved academic achievement!

Click here to see a news clip from Houston ABC13.

Click here to read a news release on WinterFest 2008.

Old Hollywood Glamour meets Rock ‘N Roll for the ultimate shopping experience - all to benefit VH1 Save The Music’s work to restore instrumental music education in U.S. public schools.

For the price of admission, this one-day-only shopping extravaganza lends itself to the preview and sale of designer items at discounted prices, along with activities, hosted bar, raffles and entertainment for the entire family. Proceeds from admission to the event benefit VH1 Save The Music.

The Third Annual BIG Shopping Day Presented by Bakers takes place on Saturday, April 26, 2008 from 10AM-4PM at BOULEVARD3 in Hollywood, CA.

Click here to purchase tickets online or call 212-846-7882 or email rsvp@vh1staff.com

Houlihan’s Supports Save The Music

For the month of March, VH1 Save The Music will receive a portion of sales from each dessert sold at participating Houlihan’s nationwide...Visit Houlihan's today and eat your dessert to save the music!

Bid now for your chance to win the Ultimate Rolling Stones Fan Package!  The winner gets to attend the red carpet premiere of the new Martin Scorsese documentary film - Shine a Light - where you can meet the Rolling Stones, ask them a question at the press conference, and win an amazing ES 335 Gibson Guitar signed by the Stones.  Shine a Light opens in Theaters and IMAX ® April 4.  Proceeds from this auction benefit VH1 Save The Music Foundation.

Visit www.vh1auctions.com or www.vh1savethemusic.com to learn more and place a bid on this exclusive fan experience. 

Help benefit music education everywhere. Bid, Educate, Rock!!