Sara Bareilles and the VH1 Save The Music Foundation Announce New “Keys + Kids” Piano Grant Program

  Sara Bareilles and the VH1 Save The Music Foundation Announce New “Keys +
  Kids” Piano Grant Program

      $100,000 Pilot Grant Opportunity Open to all K – 12 Public Schools

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NEW YORK -- March 10, 2014

In response to the growing need for high-quality, functional pianos in public
schools, the VH1 Save The Music Foundation in partnership with
singer/songwriter/pianist Sara Bareilles are launching Keys + Kids, a new
competitive grant program open to all U.S. K-12 public schools. Beginning
March 10th and through April 30th, interested K – 12 public schools can submit
their application at to receive one of ten piano packages
valued at $10,000 worth of equipment each to support their music and arts

Sara Bareilles. (Photo credit: Danny Clinch)

Sara Bareilles. (Photo credit: Danny Clinch)

“Music changed my life. I was one of the lucky kids who had access to
wonderful music programming in my school, and it has profoundly and positively
affected me in more ways than I can mention,” said Sara Bareilles. “A piano
symbolizes the centerpiece of all of that for me, and I'm so happy to join
with VH1 Save the Music to launch the Keys + Kids Program to bring 10 piano
packages into deserving classrooms. I believe arts education to be vital to
the health and balance of our students and it is my privilege and my honor to
lend my voice in support of this mission.”

“We are delighted to have Sara Bareilles – someone who truly understands the
value of a piano - to help us launch the Keys + Kids Piano Program,” said Paul
Cothran, Executive Director, VH1 Save The Music Foundation. “This opportunity
would not be possible without our Keys + Kids Leadership Circle that includes:
Avnet Inc., The Durst Organization, Houlihan’s Restaurants, The LEGO
Children’s Fund, NAMM, Raymond Weil, William Hill Estate Winery, Shure
Incorporated, Yamaha and countless individuals. Their support of this pilot
program has been integral to our mission of continuing to provide students the
maximum benefits of music education.”

Applications will be judged by a Committee made up of members of the
Foundation’s Board of Directors, Sara Bareilles, VH1 senior staff and patrons
of the Keys + Kids Leadership Circle. Grant winners will be announced on the
Foundation’s website on May 30, 2014. For more information, contest rules or
to see how you can get involved please visit

About the VH1 Save The Music Foundation:

The VH1 Save The Music Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to
restoring instrumental music education programs in America’s public schools,
and raising awareness about the importance of music as part of each child’s
complete education. To date, VH1 Save The Music has provided nearly $51
Million in new musical instruments to almost 1,900 public schools in more than
192 districts around the country, impacting the lives of over 2.3 million
children. The 2013 Ambassador Class - dedicated to raising awareness and funds
to benefit The Foundation - includes: Britney Spears, Gloria Reuben, Hunter
Hayes, Taye Diggs, Cher Lloyd, Jason Derulo and Diane Birch. Get involved at and follow us on twitter @vh1savethemusic.

About Sara Bareilles:

Sara Bareilles first achieved mainstream critical praise in 2007 with her
widely successful hit, "Love Song" which reached #1 in 22 countries around the
world from her debut album LITTLE VOICE. Since then, the Eureka, CA native has
gone on to sell over 1 million copies of her debut album, earn 3 Grammy
nominations includingSong of the Year and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance
for "Love Song." Bareilles' critically acclaimed sophomore release
KALEIDOSCOPE HEART was released in September of 2010, debuted at #1 on the
Billboard top 200 chart and has gained critical praise everywhere including
theNew York Times,Wall Street Journal, People and Los Angeles Times. The
albumyielded the hit single “King of Anything,” which earned a Grammy
nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and was certified platinum by
the RIAA. In 2011, Bareilles joined the judge’s panel on the hit NBC show “The
Sing-Off.” In early 2012, Bareilles released a documentary called “A Trace of
the Sun: Volunteering in Japan,” which chronicled her trip to Japan where she
joined All Hands Volunteer efforts in the city of Ofunato after the 2011
earthquake and subsequenttsunami that devastated coastal cities and left over
26,000 people without homes. Soon after she released her critically acclaimed
ONCE UPON ANOTHER TIME EP, which was produced by singer/songwriter and fellow
“Sing-Off” judge Ben Folds. For more information, please

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