Musica Instruments Save the Music FoundationStudies show kids involved in music programs have improved reading abilities, higher self-esteem, score higher on standardized tests, and are more likely to stay in school and go to college.

Concerned with the growing number of public schools that have canceled music programs, cable channel VH1 initiated a rescue mission called Save the Music.

Save The Music focuses on rebuilding programs that have been eliminated, or boosting programs that are at imminent risk of being canceled.

Since the program was created in 1997, more than $17 million worth of musical instruments were donated to 750 public schools in 70 cities, enhancing the lives of more than 250,000 children.

For info, or to donate an instrument visit Save the Music, or call toll free 1-888-VH1-4MUSIC.

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