Posts Tagged ‘VH1 Save the Music’

Matthew Morrison, VH1, and Glee are Saving the Music

Mister Schuester is well known to Gleeks around the world who tune into the latest episode of Glee each week (and re-watch online over and over and over and download the songs in record-setting numbers) as the benevolent, sometimes too enthusiastic Glee Club advisor/teacher. The actor playing him is Matthew Morrison, long familiar to Broadway audiences before high school show choirs ever appeared on the cultural radar. Matthew has a new album out (released yesterday), and is going on tour this summer, and at the city stops for his tour, he is partnering with VH1 to host Glee Club competitions to help the Save the Music Foundation. This foundation is committed to keeping the arts alive in public schools in the face of brutal budget cuts. As we know, the football team is unlikely to be shut down in a high school with financial woes, but the arts are too often seen as dispensable. On Morrison’s concert tour, local glee clubs can compete to be his opening act…and most importantly, support music education.

One Hope: Wine, Travel, and Giving

This is a beautiful blend in my mind: Doing good, Travel, and Wine. ONE HOPE Wines is a wine company that gives a portion of every purchase to charity. It varies among the wines you choose, but donations average about 10% to 15%, sometimes as much as 50% (and the company additionally donates 50% of its profits to charities) per bottle. The causes also vary: breast cancer, autism, AIDS, children’s hospitals, environmental organizations, supporting the troops, and more. ONE HOPE has become the socially conscious wine choice for events like the Grammys, BAFTA awards, the American Red Cross Gala, VH1 Save the Music, and the Sundance Film Festival.

Where does the travel part come in? ONE HOPE has partnered with American Airlines –and American is featuring their Sauvignon Blanc on flights–for each bottle the airline serves, ONE HOPE will plant a tree in addition to the monetary donations, and shoppers who buy the wine via the portal get an additional 20% off the price. The Chardonnay is also served on AA flights, and 50% from those bottle goes toward breast cancer charities.

So book a flight somewhere fabulous for a volunteer vacation, toast your hard work while you are en route, and know that your reach is extending even further than you thought.