BENEFITING: VH1 Save The Music Foundation
EVENT DATE: May 01, 2016
Music and Arts programs are under constant strain from School District Budgets. Many school districts struggle to get the equipment they need and the instruments they do have are either badly damaged or out of date. Studies (1) repeatedly show that Music and Arts programs engage student's minds. It causes them to become more actively involved in their own education, perform better in school, and are given the confidence and set up better for success after school.
Music is something that I am extremely passionate about. I was very fortunate have gone to a school that had an amazing music program, fantastic theater program, broadcasting, painting, sculpting and teachers that were amazingly supportive. My music program is the reason I am currently pursuing a career as a full time musician. I believe every student in America should have the opportunity to explore their creativity. It breaks my heart every time I hear or see about kids not being given the opportunity to express themselves because Music and Art Programs are being cut. Teachers have to buy their own supplies for their students to be able to create art (2). Schools are forced to cut music Programs due to budget cuts and staffing issues (3).
So, What is this all about? I am running in the Broad Street Run for my 4th year. Ive also done an obstacle course and several 5k's. I've never done a fundraiser or ran a race for a reason. So this year during the Broad Street Run, I am raising awareness and money for the VH1 Save The Music Foundation, an organization that has bought $52 Million in musical instruments since 1997. I will be accepting money here, and also in person. I will be wearing a T-Shirt that says "Save The Music" during the race, but I am also raising awareness for Art and Theater programs in schools. Give as little or as much as you can. every dollar goes toward buying musical instruments for schools and kids that need it. If you can't give, share.