VH1’s Save The Music Foundation’s goal is to save the music programs in America’s public schools. Often times when schools run low on funding the first programs to get the ax are the extra-curricular activities such as music and art. Through VH1’s foundation schools are able to keep their music programs running. Recently, VH1 Save The Music Foundation partnered up with Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment’s Sing to donate $40,000 dollars to four public schools. Two of the schools were located in Los Angeles and the other two were located in New York.
In Los Angeles, Olive Vista Middle School and Stevenson Middle School were the lucky recipients; while in New York, PS 188 The Island School and MS 158 Marie Curie were the lucky winners. The first of the donations occurred at the Olive Vista Middle School which had a live performance by Parkwood Entertainment’s Chloe x Halle. The duo was introduced by “SING” executive music producer Harvey Mason Jr.
VH1 Uses Social Media To Enhance Giving
VH1 Save The Music Foundation helps out numerous schools each year. This year they are doing something a little different by using social media to help in their giving efforts. VH1 Save The Music has created a social media badge to be used to help restore music program in schools. Each time a post is shared with the hashtag #SingForSchools, SING will donate $1 dollar to help restore music programs in the schools.
Also this week Jennifer Hudson and Harvey Mason Jr. came together to discuss all things “SING”. Hudson and Mason are longtime friends and collaborators. Hudson is featured in the upcoming movie “SING” as the singing voice of Nana Noodleman. Hudson is also featured on two tracks from the movie’s soundtrack. Hudson’s songs on the soundtrack are “Golden Slumbers” and “Hallelujah”. Not only is Mason the executive music producer for the upcoming movie “SING” but he is also a Grammy award-winning music producer. Mason’s work includes Jennifer Hudson’s first solo album “Jennifer Hudson”, Chris Brown’s “F.A.M.E.”, Beyoncé’s “B-Day”, Justin Timberlake’s “Justified”, Toni Braxton’s “He Wasn’t Man Enough”, and also the soundtrack from the hit movie “Dreamgirls”.
By Ronda Brooks