PRESS RELEASE: GLEE SEASON 2 DVD STRIKES A CHORD WITH “GIVE A NOTE” CAMPAIGN TO HELP SAVE ARTS PROGRAMS IN SCHOOLS
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment Teams Up with National Association for Music Education to Award $1 Million in Grants to 73 High Schools Nationwide
LOS ANGELES (Sept. 9, 2011) – Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment (TCFHE) and the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) announced today “GLEE Give a Note,” a campaign to donate $1 million to school arts programs across the country. Starting today, eligible high schools are invited to submit videos about why their school deserves a grant at www.GleeGiveANote.com. In December 2011, after two rounds of voting, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment will name the 73 schools that will receive grants ranging from $10,000 to $50,000.
High school students everywhere are encouraged to harmonize, boogie or conduct their submission in video form – the more creative, the better. On October 4, eligible entries will be posted onwww.GleeGiveANote.com and put up for public vote for 30 days. A panel composed of NAfME members will conduct a final vote and the 73 winning schools will be notified in December. There will be three grand prizes of $50,000 each; 10 first prizes of $25,000 each; and 60 second prizes of $10,000 each.
“Millions of kids are attending schools where music programs have been cut. Each week, GLEE is sticking up for school music, giving a voice to students and teachers who understand that music is essential to a complete education,” said Michael A. Butera, executive director, National Association for Music Education. “Our organization is fighting every day to keep music in our schools so that every kid has the chance to experience it. With GLEE’s support of music education programs, millions of students won’t have to stop believing!”
“We are thrilled about the extraordinary success of Glee on DVD, as it is a true reflection of the fans appetite for this phenomenal series,” said Mary Daily, executive vice president for Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. “One dollar for every Blu-ray and DVD sold with a $1 million dollar guaranteed donation will go towards saving music and arts programs in public schools through the Glee Give a Note Project.”
For more information, including official rules, visit www.GleeGiveANote.com. Glee: The Complete Second Season arrives on Blu-ray and DVD September 13, 2011.
About Give a Note Foundation
Give a Note Foundation, founded by the leaders of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), is a social advocacy organization dedicated to bringing renewal to America’s embattled music education programs. With a mission to expand and increase music education opportunities for all children (especially those in low-wealth and underserved areas of America), Give a Note Foundation will raise over $20 million for music education through a multi-year endowment campaign. Through strategic partnerships and grassroots campaigns, Give a Note Foundation connects musicians, teachers, students, policymakers and community members, and empowers them to fight for music education in children’s lives. With its ties to NAfME, Give a Note Foundation reaches more than 70,000 pre-service, active and retired music teachers, and over 20 million children across the United States. In addition to its endowment campaign, Give a Note Foundation will raise money directed to schools and music education programs through high-profile campaigns like “GLEE Give a Note.” www.giveanote.org.
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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