Mayor Bloomberg, VH1 Save the Music Foundation and Time Warner Cable Announce Million Dollar Donation Worth of New Musical Instruments to New York City Public Schools
Announcement Kicks Off 'VH1 Hip Hop Honors Week,' October 12-17, in New
York City with 'Education Day'
NEW YORK, Oct. 12 -- Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, VH1
General Manager Tom Calderone, and Howard Szarfarc, President, Time Warner
Cable, today announced the donation of $1 million worth of new musical
instruments to the New York City public school system from the VH1 Save The
Music Foundation. The donation was made as part of The Foundation's
commitment to restoring music education in schools throughout the country
and brings the 10 year total donation to New York City Public Schools to
more than $6.5 million worth of musical instruments to restore music
education in 247 schools. Today's announcement also kicked off "VH1's Hip
Hop Honors Week," a five-borough weeklong celebration of events, concerts,
and restaurant and retail promotions leading up to the third annual VH1 Hip
Hop Honors telecast hosted by Ice-T on October 17. Schools Chancellor Joel
I. Klein, NYC Big Event President and CEO Maureen J. Reidy, Hip Hop
recording artist Ice-T, and a student band made up of musicians from IS 278
and PS 129 will perform at the announcement at PS 129 in Harlem.
"We have a responsibility to provide New York City students with a
sound education and the tools to succeed inside and outside the classroom,"
said Mayor Bloomberg. "Music education is crucial to the development of our
children. Arts education programs can play a major role in improving
attendance, retention and parental involvement in a child's education.
Working with great partners like the VH1 Save the Music Foundation and Hip
Hop Honors Week is just one of the innovative and creative ways of
introducing music and culture in our classrooms."
"All students should have access to music education and all of its
benefits," said Tom Calderone, General Manager and Executive Vice
President, VH1. "The VH1 Save The Music Foundation believes that music is a
universal language and gives students lifelong tools to achieve success
beyond music. This year's donation of $1 million to the New York City
Public Schools brings the Foundation closer to its overall mission, to
restore music education programs for one million public school students and
give them the opportunity to learn, grow and achieve through music."
Hip Hop Honors Week includes themed days such as Education Day,
Restaurant Day, Music and Culture Day, as well as Fashion and Shopping Day
highlighting hip hop culture in its birthplace, New York City. Among the
other education related events occurring during the week are "Master
Classes" in 'VH1 Save the Music Foundation grant recipient public schools
throughout each of the five boroughs. "Master Classes" will be led by
legendary hip hop artists including MC Lyte, Miri Ben-Ari, Nuttin' But
Stringz and hip hop producer Swizz Beats.
"Musical education is a powerful and enriching experience that can
profoundly impact a child's life," said Schools Chancellor Joel Klein. "The
instruments that the VH1 Save The Music Foundation has donated to New York
City schools have helped us enormously in our commitment to giving students
the chance to experience the joy and the excitement of music."
"This generous donation announced today by VH1 Save The Music and Time
Warner Cable is the perfect way to kick off 'VH1 Hip Hop Honors Week' in
NYC," said Maureen J. Reidy, President and CEO, NYC Big Events. "The week
leading up to the show's telecast is packed with opportunities for New
Yorkers and tourists to learn about Hip Hop history and culture through a
variety of events in all five boroughs."
"When VH1 Save The Music launched in 1997, Time Warner Cable of New
York and New Jersey was the founding partner in building The Foundation.
Today, we continue to be committed to this important initiative, and we are
happy to provide our resources to broadening awareness and prepare students
for future success," stated Howard Szarfarc, President, Time Warner Cable
of New York and New Jersey.
The VH1 Save The Music Foundation aims to emphasize the importance of
instrumental music as an integral part of a child's education. Research has
shown 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 abuse.
Since the VH1 Save The Music Foundation was created in 1997, $34
million worth of new musical instruments have been donated to 1,400 public
schools in 80 cities, improving the lives of more than 800,000 children. In
New York City, contributions to the VH1 Save The Music Foundation from The
New York State Music Fund, The Imre and Vera Hecht Foundation, Independence
Community Bank, Curve Fragrances by Liz Claiborne, Nikon, and John Varvatos
helped to make today's donation possible. Manny's Music, Sam Ash Music and
SoundTree, Korg's education division helped deliver instruments to this
year's grant recipient schools.