Posts Tagged ‘Josh Groban’

Find Your Light Foundation: Creative Education Changes Lives

grobanseatedJosh Groban has long been committed to serving youth, and he uses the platform afforded him by his stellar music career to seek situations where kids don’t have a fair chance so he can help level the playing field. For years, his Josh Groban Foundation had a lot of passion but perhaps a skosh too little focus. They have dug in, grounded their mission, and relaunched as the Find Your Light Foundation, dedicated to enriching the lives of young people through arts, education, and cultural awareness.

I’m happy to talk your ear off about how creative education is everything, and a healthy dose of arts-based learning is the only sane way to proceed in the education system…and Mr. Groban clearly agrees. Creative expression changes lives, and Find Your Light is creating opportunities  for kids to discover they have talent the world is waiting to receive. Arts programs in multiple US and Canadian regions have been the beneficiaries of direct support from FYL: band instruments have been provided, arts academies strengthened, theater programs revitalized, visiting artists brought in to mentor and perform, multi-media work generated, plays and songs and stories and poems nurtured…basically, hearts and minds are invigorated everywhere they work. Because FYL is in the business of supporting existing community-based programs…surf around the website for a bit to find the great organizations they’ve been supporting, and volunteer opportunities among all this fiery creativity in a community near you.

Neil Young—MusiCares Person of the Year

MusiCares is the charitable arm of the Grammys organization, providing critical assistance for music people in times of need. The services they provide cover personal, musical, and financial crises, and they also work to focus the music industry on other human service issues.

On January 29, MusiCares has their annual charity event honoring the Person of the Year, in 2010 that’s Neil Young. Young’s “Heart of Gold” and philanthropy have been admired by the recording industry for many years. He was one of the founding fathers of Farm Aid and also does annual benefit concerts for a school he and wife Pegi sponsor that caters to children with severe speech and physical impairments.

The evening’s tribute concert boasts an all-star lineup with performances by Ben Harper, Lucinda Williams, Jack Black, Jackson Browne, T Bone Burnett, Crosby, Stills, & Nash, Sheryl Crow, Everest, Patty Griffin, Josh Groban, Emmylou Harris, Elton John, Norah Jones, Lady Antebellum, k.d. lang, Dave Matthews, John Mellencamp, Ozomatli, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Leon Russell, James Taylor, and Wilco.

Proceeds from the annual GRAMMY Week gala dinner and concert honoring Young will provide essential support for MusiCares, which ensures that music people have a place to turn to in times of financial, medical and personal need.