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To the future---Sincerely, Carolina Music Awards
Regional awards show sets bar for entertainers to give back to the community
Not everyone can bring Christmas to Marcy Projects like Jay-Z but anyone can bring music and art to a child. At least the people behind the Carolina Music Awards think so.
Generous Community, a civic organization that participates in the Adopt-A-School program will be the beneficiary of a portion of the proceeds from this year’s CMAs. With the cut backs in music and art funding for public schools, the staff for the growing awards show seemed to think this benevolent act would only be right.
“The Carolinas has created incredible music for years but without music programs in schools, there are no next generation artist, producers, musicians or singers,” says Omar McCallop, director of the Carolina Music Awards. “We need the new generation.”
CNN took note of this situation too. As the economy began to take its first dip into recession status in 2001, the No Child Left Behind Act was passed which placed rigid standards in the core curriculums of reading and math. With the budget adjusted to make books and standardized testing more focused on these subjects, the expense accounts that supplemented art and music were cut, thus, leaving children to satisfy their artistic needs outside of school.
VH1's Save the Music foundation stands as the most familiarized program with the focus of keeping arts and music in schools by an entertainment corporation. Having restored more than 1,600 instrumental music programs in more than 100 cities, over 1.2 million children have benefited from this not-for-profit organization.
Along with VH1, numerous charities and organizations emerged in order to keep the youth of tomorrow engaged in art and music programs, which studies have been proven to elevate effectiveness in the classroom. Generous Community of Raleigh utilizes the Adopt-A-School Fun Card that with this, customers can receive one free ticket with the purchase of admission for the 2009 CMAs.
"For our education system to survive, it will take assistance from community servants and social entrepreneurs like Mr. McCallop," said Bob Winstead, founder of Generous Community, Raleigh/Durham. "The CMAs are setting the standard in the entertainment industry for child advocacy."
To get involved with the future, visit your local Generous Community to find out how to keep music in schools and how to get your own Adopt-A-School Fun Card. This allows consumers to not only give back, but also receive discounts in restaurants and other services around the community.
Visit AmericansfortheArts.org, the nations leading non-profit for advancing art education for updates on their latest public awareness campaigns to increase visibility of the need to maintain music and art in public school curriculums.
The CMAs have similar philanthropy plans with their upcoming Carolina Inspirational Music Awards in 2010, temporary website www.CarolinaInspirationalMusicAwards.com
Carolina Music Awards: http://www.carolinamusicawards.com/
CNN article "Budget Cuts Student Experience" (August 20, 2003) http://www.cnn.com/2003/ EDUCATION/08/13/sprj.sch.cuts/
VH1 Save The Music Foundation http://www.vh1savethemusic.com/
Generous Community- http://www.generouscommunity.net/
Adopt-A-School Fun Card- http://www.adoptaschoolfuncard.com/
Americans for the Arts- http://www.americansforthearts.org/public_awareness/?gclid=C