Fox’s ‘Glee’ Give a Note Campaign Gives $1M to Music Programs15 Dec, 2011 By: Ashley Ratcliff
The National Association for Music Education, 20th Century Fox Television and 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment have gifted 73 schools across the country grants via the “‘Glee’ Give a Note” campaign.
The campaign strives to offer support to dwindling music programs at U.S. schools.
The three grand-prize winners included PS 48 Joseph R Drake in the Bronx, N.Y.; Clark Montessori Junior and High School in Cincinnati; and Phil Campbell High School in Phil Campbell, Ala. They each will receive $50,000 for their music and arts programs.
Ten first-place prize grants of $25,000 and 60 second-place prize grants of $10,000 also will be awarded. The “‘Glee’ Give a Note” campaign began with a public nomination process in October, and a panel of judges made the final determinations.
“We congratulate the winners and want the thousands of students across the country who submitted to know how impressed we were with their passion and talent,” said Ryan Murphy, “Glee” co-creator and executive producer. “Music programs were incredibly important to me growing up, and we hope that our show and initiatives like ‘Give a Note’ continue to demonstrate how much they mean to our kids.”
“Music education plays such a critical role in the development of our children, yet its place in our schools is not assured due to dire budget situations across the nation,” added Michael Butera, executive director of the National Association for Music Education. “Bold and generous acts, like Fox’s ‘Glee’ Give a Note campaign, validate its importance and bring a sense of hope to thousands of educators and students. We are deeply grateful for the funding and awareness this campaign has created.”