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Sara Bareilles and VH1 Save the Music Foundation Launch Piano Grant Program for Public Schools (Exclusive)

Sara Bareilles and VH1 Save the Music Foundation Launch Piano Grant Program for Public Schools (Exclusive)

James Minchin

Keys + Kids will provide $100,000 in pianos to public school music programs

“Brave” singer Sara Bareilles and VH1 Save the Music Foundation are partnering for Keys + Kids, a $100,000 pilot grant program that will provide pianos to public school music programs which greatly need them.

“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 VH1 Save The Music Foundation's executive director, Paul Cothran, in a statement.

Under Keys + Kids, the VH1 Save the Music Foundation will provide a piano to 10 K-12 public schools as part of the new competitive grant program.

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“Music changed my life,” Bareilles said. “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.”

“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,” she continued. “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.”

Beginning Monday and continuing through April 30, interested K – 12 public schools can get more information on the grant program and submit their application at VH1SaveTheMusic.org.

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Applications will be judged by a committee made up of members of the Foundation's Board of Directors, 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.

The grant was made possible by the generosity of the Keys + Kids Leadership Circle, which 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 other individuals.