Community Foundation follows the VH1 Model, Sort Of

Posted by John Abodeely, Jun 30, 2009 1 comment

Mississippi's Meridian Star reports

In Lauderdale County, the Community Foundation of East Mississippi is trying to help fill the arts education gap by providing refurbished instruments to schools.

It loosely follows the VH1 Save the Music model, donating instruments to schools and districts.VH1's instruments are new, often purchased locally, and only offered to schools without music programs.

The clever hook that VH1 uses, however, is that schools must employ certified music teachers in order to retain their instruments. This measure is in place, of course, to incentivize long-term commitments to a robust music education program in schools.

Even without this particular strategy, the Foundation's work is a comendable moment of true leadership benefitting the community's children.

NB: VH1 has a beautiful and useful new website, replete with info to help any visitor make a difference for arts education in his or her community.

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kirsti says
July 01, 2009 at 12:59 am

What an excellent idea and what a grassroots way to continue to support a robust musical education program for the community's children with qualified teachers! I'll check it out on the website to learn more, but thanks for sharing this information!

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