PAUL COTHRAN NAMED VICE PRESIDENT, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR,
VH1 SAVE THE MUSIC FOUNDATION

NEW YORK, August 2, 2004- Paul Cothran has been named Vice President, Executive Director of VH1 Save the Music Foundation, it was announced today by Christina Norman, President of VH1 to whom he reports.

In this position, Cothran will oversee the running of the foundation which is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of education in America's public schools by restoring music programs in cities across the country, and raising awareness about the importance of music participation for our nation's youth. Since VH1 Save the Music Foundation's inception in 1997, more than $25 million worth of brand new musical instruments have been donated to 1,000 public schools in 80 cities, benefiting nearly half a million children.

"Paul's tremendous insights will be invaluable as we build on VH1 Save The Musicıs incredible success in providing all the benefits of music education to public school children across the country," said Norman. "His extensive experience in both development and implementation will help expand and reinforce the Foundation's efforts at the grassroots level."

Cothran was most recently Director of Health and Community Programs for The Big Apple Circus from 1997 to 2004, where he provided administrative oversight of the Circus' community outreach programs. He was responsible for strategic planning, budget preparation and management. While he was there, he s ignificantly expanded the scope and reach of all programs nationally.

From 1992 to 1997 Cothran served as Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations at Pace University where he cultivated support from local and national corporate and foundation prospects. He also drafted grant proposals and stewardship reports, and developed and implemented solicitation strategies in conjunction with the University Officers, Trustees and Deans./p>

Before his employment at Pace University, Cothran was Development Director for the Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund where he managed the national fundraising program, including corporate and foundation solicitations, major donors, direct-mail, bequests and special events.

Cothran also served as Director Development for the Community Research Initiative on AIDS and Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations at Fordham University.

Previously, Cothran was Development Director for National Medical Fellowships and Senior Account Executive for United Way of New York City/Tri-State. He is also Co-Founder and current Vice Chair of the AIDS Treatment Data Network, a case management, treatment access and advocacy organization.

He attended Fordham University, Bronx, NY.

 

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