PLANO, Texas, April 25, 2018 – For the fourth consecutive year Toyota, in partnership with VH1 Save The Music Foundation, will contribute a grant toward instruments and valuable resources to assist music education programs in public schools, as they’ve previously done in Chicago, New Orleans, and most recently, Las Vegas. Toyota will make its largest donation yet to VH1 Save The Music, $50,000, which will fund a Music Technology grant to support a school in the Philadelphia School District as well as a $7,500 music grant to the Miami-Dade School District.
Launching at Stagecoach Festival in Indio, California on April 27, this Toyota Giving and VH1 Save The Music campaign will feature an interactive summer music festival experience at eight of the nation’s most prominent festival destinations. The campaign is designed to raise awareness of the importance of music education and inspire musicians and fans to share their answer to the fundamental question, “what does music mean to you?” The campaign benefits VH1 Save The Music Foundation, a national nonprofit organization committed to restoring music education programs in America’s public schools. At the end of the campaign, Toyota will present a Music Technology grant to a high school in the Philadelphia School District, which will support programs for electronic music creation, recording and production, including DJ’ing, beat making, songwriting, producing and engineering. Additionally, a $7,500 music grant will be awarded to a school in the Miami-Dade School District.
Each of the eight festival stops on the #ToyotaGiving partnership tour will include a unique photo experience featuring a custom art piece produced by Los Angeles-based artist ThankYouX (@thankyoux) and a 3D split depth photo booth. The art piece will serve as a photo backdrop and fuses striking colors and elements of music to raise awareness about the importance of music education. Festival attendees will be encouraged to take a photo and share on Instagram with the #ToyotaGiving along with their message of what music means to them.
This is the fourth year of the philanthropic partnership between VH1 Save The Music and Toyota. Over the past three years, the #ToyotaGiving campaign has collectively donated $110,000 to VH1 Save The Music Foundation and has benefitted disadvantaged schools by providing musical instruments and increasing the number of music teachers on staff to support sustainable music education programs. Each campaign has culminated in a school assembly supported by surprise appearances from musicians such as GRAMMY Award-winning rock band Imagine Dragons, pop singer Santigold, and urban gospel singer Sir The Baptist. As a result of the Toyota grants, over 3,370 students have been able to experience the power of making music.
“Toyota is proud to enter into our fourth year of partnership with VH1 Save the Music to support their mission to help kids, schools and communities realize their full potential through the power of making music,” said Steven Curtis, vice president of media and engagement marketing, Toyota Motor North America.
“With the continued generous support from Toyota, we are thrilled to build on the tremendous success of the last three years, bringing music programs to schools in New Orleans, Chicago and Las Vegas and we look forward to building on that success once again in Philadelphia and Miami in 2018,” said Henry Donahue, Executive Director of VH1 Save The Music. “We are dedicated to ensuring that all students have access to the tools they need to be successful in school and beyond, and it is thanks to our partners that we can make this happen!”