DreamWorks Animation Donates $50,000 to NAfME for School Grants; Enter Contest Through October 31

DreamWorks Animation and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment announced a $50,000 donation to the National Association for Music Education (NAfME.  In celebration of the soon to be released Blu-ray and DVD of the Tony Award® winning production of Shrek the Musical, the donation will be used to create five $10,000 grants to help save music and arts programs in schools.

Schools are invited to enter a contest and receive a grant for their school music program.  All entries must be received by October 31, 2013 and following a random drawing, five schools will be announced as winners on November 4, 2013.

“Music is an essential part of every student’s educational experience; it teaches cooperation, collaboration, creativity, and communication. It is important to support school music programs so children can enjoy the lifelong benefits of music study,” said Michael A. Butera, executive director, National Association for Music Education and Give a Note Foundation.  “Shrek the Musical tells a story of love, friendship and finding your true self. The fact that the story is enhanced by music demonstrates the true power of musical expression. We’re very grateful to DreamWorks Animation and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment for their support and generosity.”

“We are proud that our live theater experience can give back to the educational community through this grant program,” said Bill Damaschke, Chief Creative Officer at DreamWorks Animation who also served as the producer of the Broadway show. “Full of high energy and fun, Shrek The Musical is a great introduction for kids to experience the magic of live theatre. The Shrek franchise continues to entertain audiences in a number of different ways.”

Roz Fehr, NAfME Managing Editor for News, October 24, 2013. © National Association for Music Education