Why VH1 Save the Music is Personal for Julie Macklowe
As told to Courtney Bowers| August 7, 2015 |
The Hamptons is gearing up to host the second VH1 Save the Music Hamptons Live event. Here, event cohost Julie Macklowe shares the impact of music on her success.
“Giving back has always been important to me personally and the VH1 Save The Music Foundation has been near and dear to my heart. There is so much education-funding being cut around the country, and usually the first things to go are the music programs and classes. Putting programs and musical instruments into schools that can’t afford them, the mission of VH1’s Save The Music Foundation, is wonderful. Students do stay off the streets and get into places of further education because of the programs in place.
“When I was growing up in Arizona, playing trombone in the marching band, I would get to school around 5:30 am every day. I went to a fairly high-risk high school—there were 3,000 kids and 700 in my graduating class—and it’s very easy in situations like that to get lost or lose your way and end up in difficult situations. Having the framework of a music program makes you feel like you’re a part of a community. It also teaches students discipline. Not everyone is necessarily going to become a fabulous musician, but the structure of a program and going to music competitions gives you a reason for being and makes an impact on young children and students. It helps them have goals and keeps them focused on school.
“When you are fortunate enough to be in the Hamptons for the summer—and we are all at a level where we’re extremely fortunate—there is a responsibility to give back. We don’t have to worry about how we’re going to pay for school or how we’re going to pay for books or music, or about what our kids are going to be doing at their after-school programs. Having grown up in a situation where that was a concern and where finding money for a trombone was an actual problem, I can empathize with a lot of the students involved with the VH1 Save The Music Foundation. There are a lot of students and kids who have amazing potential, but they don’t have a chance because these programs aren’t available.
“Since 1997, VH1 Save The Music has partnered with more than 1,900 public schools in 231 school districts to give children the opportunity to pursue music programs and to restore music education in public schools. All the money we raise goes back into donations. I first became involved with the VH1 Save The Music Foundation in 2011; my company, Vbeautè, collaborated with the foundation when we launched. I currently serve as a board member; I’m cochairing this year’s Hamptons Live event with my husband, Billy, and last year’s honoree, Charlie Walk, and his wife, Lauran. The benefit will feature a performance by Jason Derulo as well as sets by DJs Hannah Bronfman and Brendan Fallis. Jason is somebody I personally think is an amazing artist, and it is going to be a wonderful, high-energy event. We’ve redone the format this year to make the event more about the music, in a Coachella-style way, and about the kids and raising money. And for this year’s VH1 Save The Music Hamptons Live event on August 8, we’ve earmarked a certain percentage of funds to go directly back to schools in the Hamptons. This is the second year my husband and I are hosting the event, and it’s always a delight to be able to lend a hand for such a terrific cause.”
The VH1 Save The Music Foundation’s Hamptons Live event takes place Saturday, August 8; visit vh1savethemusic.org for tickets.