Friday, December 16, 2011

{Great Causes} Glee: Give Give A Note

Anything that helps keeps the music classes in public schools is magical to me!

GLEE GIVE A NOTE CAMPAIGN HELPS SAVE AT-RISK SCHOOL MUSIC PROGRAMS WITH $1 MILLION DONATION

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Over a million votes cast helped determine the 73 winning schools
with grants ranging from $10,000 to $50,000

Twentieth Century Fox Television, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) announced today the winners for the “GLEE Give a Note” campaign – that started over 3 months ago – whereby 73 schools nationwide will receive grants ranging from $10,000 to $50,000 to help save struggling music programs.  As the economy continues to stumble, school music and fine arts classes are the first to feel the impact with drastic budget cuts and elimination of departments.  The “GLEE Give a Note” campaign aims to soften the blow, and reignite public passion for supporting student arts programs and the teachings they provide to students. 

The three grand-prize winning schools are: PS 48 Joseph R Drake in the Bronx, New York; Clark Montessori Junior and High School in Cincinnati, Ohio; and Phil Campbell High School in Phil Campbell, Alabama.  Each school will be awarded $50,000 for their music and arts program.  Additionally, 10 first place prize grants of $25,000 and 60 second place prize grants of $10,000 will also be awarded.

Students across the country harmonized, boogied and conducted their submissions in video form during an open call for entries in September.  In October, the eligible entries were posted on www.GleeGiveANote.com and put up for public vote for one month.  During this time, students conducted massive grass roots efforts to win votes for their schools, reaching out to their families, friends and communities to get the vote out.  Word quickly spread through Facebook, Twitter and local newsletters and over one million votes were cast to help choose the finalists.  A panel composed of NAfME members conducted a final round of judging and, together with the public vote, determined the winning programs. 

“’Glee’ has always been about the importance of arts education, and Brad, Ian and I have felt strongly from the beginning that the show has a responsibility to give back,” commented co-creator and executive producer Ryan Murphy. “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. 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,” said 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.”

For more information and to view the submissions, visit www.GleeGiveANote.com.  Glee: The Complete Second Season was released on Blu-ray and DVD on September 13th and $1 from every sale goes towards the Glee Give A Note campaign.  Glee: The Concert Movie releases in stores on Blu-ray, DVD and 3D Blu-ray December 20th.  Two-time winner, Glee has been recently nominated for a third consecutive year for a Golden Globe® Award for Best Television Comedy.

The complete list of winning schools is:

$50,000

- Phil Campbell High School, Phil Campbell, AL

- P.S. 48 Joseph R Drake, Bronx, NY

- Clark Montessori, Cincinnati, OH

$25,000

- Phil Campbell Elementary School, Phil Campbell, AL

- Oakland High, Oakland, CA

- Arroyo High School, El Monte, CA

- Monaco Elementary School, Commerce City, CO

- Liberty Middle School, Cumming, GA

- Red Hill CUSD, Bridgeport, IL

- Ben Davis High School, Indianapolis, IN

- Andover High School, Andover, MA

- Joplin High School, Joplin, MO

- Middleburgh High School, Middleburgh, NY

$10,000

- Lathrop High School, Fairbanks, AK

- Marshall High School, Marshall, AR

- Blevins Elementary School, Blevins, AR

- Malvern Elementary School, Malvern, AR

- Kenneth L Moffett Elementary, Lennox, CA

- George Washington High School, San Francisco, CA

- Mark Keppel High School, Alhambra, CA

- Culver City Middle School, Culver City, CA

- Foothill High School, Palo Cedro, CA

- Marine View Middle School, Huntington Beach, CA

- Sherman E Burroughs High School, Ridgecrest, CA

- Brentwood Middle School, Greeley, CO

- Fairview High School Boulder Valley, Boulder, CO

- The Studio School, Northglenn, CO

- Lyman Memorial, Lebanon, CT

- Alexander W Dreyfoos School of the Arts, West Palm Beach, FL

- Howard Middle School, Ocala, FL

- Nob Hill Elementary, Sunrise, FL

- Northside High School, Columbus, GA

- Smith-Barnes Elementary, Stockbridge, GA

- Academy of Richmond County, Augusta, GA

- Midland Middle School, Midland, GA

- Harlem Middle School, Harlem, GA

- Nanakuli High and Intermediate School, Waianae, HI

- Enchanted Lake Elementary School, Kailua, HI

- Hunt Elementary, Sioux City, IA

- Lane Tech College Prep High School, Chicago, IL

- Cary Junior High, Cary, IL

- Thomas Jefferson Primary School, Peoria, IL

- Plainfield North High School, Plainfield, IL

- Arsenal Technical High School, Indianapolis, IN

- Lewis Cass Jr Sr High School, Walton, IN

- Kokomo High School, Kokomo, IN

- Anthony Elementary School, Leavenworth, KS

- North Hardin High School, Radcliff, KY

- Georgetown Middle-High School, Georgetown, MA

- Chelmsford High School, Chelmsford, MA

- Millis High School, Millis, MA

- Marting Luther King Jr Senior High School, Detroit, MI

- Beaufort Elementary, Beaufort, MO

- Marceline High, Marceline, MO

- Gainesville R-V, Gainesville, MO

- Baker Elementary School, Jackson, MS

- Greene County Middle School, Snow Hill, NC

- Hackensack High School, Hackensack, NJ

- Buena Regional High School, Buena, NJ

- Penns Grove High School, Carneys Point, NJ

- Nutley High School, Nutley, NJ

- Churchill County High School, Fallon, NV

- Sherman High School, Sherman, NY

- Frankfort-Schuyler Central School, Frankfort, NY

- Cincinnatus Central, Cincinnatus NY, NY

- Winton Woods High School, Cincinnati, OH

- Manchester Local Schools, Manchester, OH

- Fairborn Intermediate School, Fairborn, OH

- Vinita High School, Vinita, OK

- Guymon High School, Guymon, OK

- Cranston High School East, Cranston, RI

- Lewis and Clark High School, Spokane, WA

- Ravenswood High School, Ravenswood, WV

About Twentieth Century Fox Television

Led by Chairmen Gary Newman and Dana Walden, Twentieth Century Fox Television is the prolific producer of a wide range of award-winning blockbuster network and cable series including “Glee,” the two-time Golden Globe winner for Best Series, Comedy or Musical and “Modern Family,” the two-time Emmy winner for Outstanding Comedy Series. Twentieth Century Fox Television comprises the flagship studio, as well as sister companies Fox 21 and Fox Television Studios, and currently has more than thirty series on the air domestically and around the globe.

About Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, LLC (TCFHE) is a recognized global industry leader and a subsidiary of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, a News Corporation company. Representing 75 years of innovative and award-winning filmmaking from Twentieth Century Fox, TCFHE is the worldwide marketing, sales and distribution company for all Fox film and television programming, acquisitions and original productions on DVD, Blu-ray Disc Digital Copy, Video On Demand and Digital Download. The company also releases all products globally for MGM Home Entertainment. Each year TCFHE introduces hundreds of new and newly enhanced products, which it services to retail outlets from mass merchants and warehouse clubs to specialty stores and e-commerce throughout the world.

About The National Association for Music Education

The National Association for Music Education (formerly MENC), among the world's largest arts education organizations, marked its centennial in 2007 as the only association that addresses all aspects of music education. Through membership of more than 75,000 active, retired, and pre-service music teachers, and with 60,000 honor students and supporters, NAfME serves millions of students nationwide through activities at all teaching levels, from preschool to graduate school. NAfME's mission is to advance music education by encouraging the study and making of music by all. Since 1907, NAfME has worked to ensure that every student has access to a well-balanced, comprehensive, and high-quality program of music instruction taught by qualified teachers. NAfME's activities and resources have been largely responsible for the establishment of music education as a profession, for the promotion and guidance of music study as an integral part of the school curriculum, and for the development of the National Standards for Arts Education.

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