VH1 Save the Music Program

One strong source of external support for schools comes from VH1, one of the pioneers of cable television and a partner with AASA on an annual recognition program at the association’s annual conference.

Richard Kaplan, superintendent of New Brunswick, N.J., Public Schools, is the 2008 award winner. Previous honorees were Duncan N.P. “Pat” Pritchett Jr., superintendent of the Indianapolis Public Schools; John Lange, superintendent of Adams County School District 14 in Commerce City, Colo.; and Carol Johnson, superintendent of the Memphis, Tenn., City Schools.

The VH1 Save The Music Foundation works with school districts with a priority for working with those in greatest need. Eligible districts are those that currently do not have an instrumental music program in the elementary and/or middle school levels. Applicants for financial support must be able to hire certified teachers to teach instrumental music as part of the school day.

Ideally, districts have a general music program in place as a baseline.

Since 1997, the VH1 Save The Music Foundation has provided nearly $40 million worth of new musical instruments to 1,500 public schools in more than 100 cities around the country, touching the lives of more than one million public school children.

School districts interested in applying for participation in the program should contact the VH1 Save The Music Foundation at 212-846-7155 or