A visit to her own New York school helped inspire singer/songwriter Ingrid Michaelson to fight for music education alongside the VH1 Save the Music Foundation.
Several young participants at VH1 Save the Music’s Family Day last March at The Anderson School (PS 334) in New York City.
In 2012, I accompanied the VH1 Save the Music Foundation on a visit to a school in my Staten Island hometown. My heart melted not just because of the adorable kids, but also because I was so inspired by their talent and love for music. Seeing their faces light up as they walked into the music room, ready to place their tiny hands on newly donated musical instruments and start their music exploration, I decided to take a stronger stand on saving music education.
A girl at VH1 Save the Music’s Family Day.
The VH1 Save the Music Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to restoring instrumental music education programs in America’s public schools and raising awareness about the importance of music as part of each child’s complete education. To date, the Foundation has provided more than $51 million in new musical instruments to 1,900 public schools in more than 192 school districts around the country, impacting the lives of more than 2.3 million children.
To do my part to help further the cause, I joined the VH1 Save the Music Foundation to create the 2012 We Are All “Blood Brothers” contest. Middle and high school students were asked to videotape themselves performing their version of my then new song, “Blood Brothers,” to win musical instruments for their school and a performance by me. The idea was to encourage students to celebrate the summer while remaining focused on a goal. It was such a humbling experience and a huge success that I couldn’t shake my newfound love for helping the VH1 Save the Music Foundation.
As a supporter of the organization, I have helped raise awareness and delivered key messages about the importance of music education as well as helped raise funds to aid the Foundation in restoring instrumental music education programs in schools. Music education is so vital to a child’s academic success and emotional growth, and it must be implemented at a young age. Now serving as an alumni ambassador, I will continue to influence music education by spreading the word about the Foundation so more people will devote time to this necessary cause.
What: VH1 Save the Music Foundation 2014 Honors
When and Where: Friday, July 25 at a private residence in Sagaponack