THE LES PAUL FOUNDATION CELEBRATES MUSIC IN OUR SCHOOLS MONTHOctober 3, 2014 by Les Paul Foundation
INSPIRING CREATIVITY – SUPPORTING INNOVATION THROUGH GRANTS AND SCHOOL PROGRAMS ACROSS THE COUNTRY
New York, New York…February 28, 2014….The Les Paul Foundation, whose mission is to honor and share the life, spirit and legacy of Les Paul celebrates the month of March as Music in Our Schools month. The foundation’s on-going grants and programs support curriculums, school programs and organizations passionate about the preservation of music education in our schools.
Throughout his life, Les Paul was an innovator who changed the face of the music industry with his inventions of multi-track recording, the solid body electric guitar and multiple recording techniques. He supported music education, engineering, innovation and medical research. Music Education, especially for our youth, remained very important to the legendary Les Paul throughout his life.
March 2014 has been designated as Music in Our Schools Month by Nafme (National Association for Music Education). In the current economy, education budgets are being cut which can place school music at risk. Music in Our Schools was created to highlight the importance of comprehensive sequential music education taught by exemplary music educators and for students and music supporters to speak out in support of strong school music programs.
“The Les Paul Foundation was created by Les Paul, the man who made today’s music possible in many ways,” said Michael Braunstein, Executive Director of the Les Paul Foundation. “The opportunity for students to learn every aspect of music was incredibly important to Les. Music education was an important reason as to why he established the Les Paul Foundation. We provide teachers, students and supporting organizations with the funds, programs or resources to make music education a priority.”
Over the last two years, the Les Paul Foundation has created opportunities through generous grants that share the legacy of Les Paul. This extraordinary support has allowed classrooms to engage in music, workshops to present programs to the underserved, college recording studios to be developed, music camps to excel, spirited competitions to exist and new performing arts locations.
Throughout the month of March the Les Paul Foundation website (www.lespaulfoundation.org) will feature
news stories, photos and other interesting content focusing on the organizations that partner with the Les Paul Foundation and support music in our schools. Those organizations include:
Soulsville Foundation/Stax Music Academy (Memphis, Tennessee) received funding for its Les Paul Spring Break Workshops. The innovative program provides a guitar summit with master classes and clinics to middle and high school students. Academy students have performed locally, nationally and overseas.
Wisconsin Foundation for School Music (Madison, Wisconsin) received backing to develop a cross-subject curriculum based on the contributions and life of Les Paul. The Wisconsin organization promotes and perpetuates music education in Wisconsin schools.
Music Unites (New York, New York) received a contribution for its music programs for youth in under-served school districts throughout the country.
GRAMMY Camps (Los Angeles, California) receive support for its summer music immersion camps that prepare students for careers in music.
Birch Creek Music Center (Door County, Wisconsin) received support from the Les Paul Foundation for its guitar music camp for students.
Shell Lake Arts (Shell Lake, Wisconsin) received funding for its summer Rock Band and Guitar & Bass camps.
Little Kids Rock (Cedar Grove, New Jersey) received support from the Les Paul Foundation to power several music education initiatives in multiple public school districts over the next year.
Following the lead of the music legend, Ramapo College (Ramapo, New Jersey) will build a state-of-the-art music studio that will educate the musical luminaries of the future in a hybrid facility that bridges the worlds of analog and digital sound.
Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts (Brookfield, Wisconsin) received support its summer Guitar competition that engages students from around the area.
VH1 Save the Music Foundation (New York, New York) received a grant from the foundation to support the organization’s continued effort to provide schools with instruments for music education.
If Les Paul was still alive he would feel honored and privileged to have been able to make a difference in the lives of students through the various platforms which his foundation has partnered. Although many know the legendary musician as the creator of the solid body electric guitar, it was the spirited entertainer and inventor that left his mark not only on the music industry but on the world for centuries to come.
ABOUT THE LES PAUL FOUNDATION:
Les Paul formed his foundation to encourage young people to pursue their curiosity and innovation about music, sound and engineering. Recent grants from the Les Paul Foundation include funding to multiple music education programs and to museums that tell the Les Paul story. The foundation’s comprehensive website at www.lespaulfoundation.org connects viewers to numerous resources. The mission of the Les Paul Foundation is to honor and share the life, spirit and legacy of Les Paul by supporting music education, engineering and innovation as well as medical research. The foundation is based in New York (www.lespaulfoundation.org). Follow the Les Paul Foundation at www.facebook.com/lespaulfoundation.
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