NEW YORK—MAY 26, 2016—Today, the VH1 Save The Music Foundation in partnership with Grammy nominated singer Charlie Puth, and Casio America announce the 2016 winners of Keys + Kids, a competitive grant program created in response to the lack of functional pianos in public schools.
The 18 winning schools will receive a piano grant valued at $10,000 of instruments, including a Casio Grand Hybrid piano and three keyboards to support their school’s music, drama and community programs. The pianos will be delivered to the winning schools by VH1 Save The Music celebrity ambassador Charlie Puth this fall.
“We received a record number of applications for our Keys + Kids program this year, serving as a great reminder of how important instruments are in music education programs,” said Henry Donahue, Executive Director of VH1 Save The Music. “The selection process is never easy, but we are thrilled to announce the 18 winners, the most we’ve been able to grant thanks to our incredibly generous partners.”
Rover Elementary School – Tempe, AZ
Lincoln Elementary School – New Britain, CT
Alcovy High School – Covington, GA
Daniel Boone Elementary School – Chicago, IL
Goudy Technology Academy – Chicago, IL
John Spry Community Elementary School – Chicago, IL
LaPlace Elementary School – LaPlace, LA
Josiah Quincy Upper School – Boston, MA
Elkton Middle School – Elkton, MD
Parkway Montessori Middle School – St. Paul, MN
Falls City Public School District – Falls City, NE
MS 224 – Bronx, NY
U.S. Grant High School – Oklahoma City, OK
Meredith Elementary School – Philadelphia, PA
Gov. Christopher DelSesto Middle School – Providence, RI
Charlotte Park Elementary School – Nashville, TN
East Nashville Magnet High School – Nashville, TN
Karen Wagner High School – San Antonio, TX
The Keys + Kids application submission period was open from April 8 to May 6, 2016 for all U.S. K-12 public schools. Submissions were evaluated by a committee of members from the Keys + Kids Leadership Circle. The piano grants are generously provided by VH1 Save The Music’s Keys + Kids Leadership Circle, which includes ALEX AND ANI | CHARITY BY DESIGN, Avnet, Bloomingdale’s, Casio America, Inc., CMA Foundation, Emporio Armani, JetBlue Airways, LEGO Community Fund U.S., Music Drives Us, and Twenty Four Seven Hotels.