John Sykes, Founder of VH1 Save The Music, to Receive Montblanc Arts Patronage Award
NEW YORK, May 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The American honoree of the 2001 Montblanc Arts Patronage Award is John Sykes, founder of the VH1 Save The Music Foundation, a non-profit organization established in 1997. Mr. Sykes was selected to receive this honor by an esteemed panel of jurors including fashion photographer, Bruce Weber, Karl Lagerfeld, Catherine Deneuve and Pedro Almovdovar. The VH1 Save The Music Foundation restores public school music education programs and raises awareness of the importance of music participation for our nation's youth. Montblanc, the designer, manufacturer, and retailer of fine writing instruments, watches, jewelry, leather accessories, eyewear and writing paper, created the Montblanc Arts Patronage Award in 1992 to honor individuals who have significantly contributed their time and resources to enhance arts and culture. Previous honorees include Jane Alexander, Agnes Gund, Tony Randall and David Robinson, Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan, Susan Sontag, and Abby Rosin. "Mr. Sykes' unusual vision is precisely what we seek to honor with the Montblanc Arts Patronage Award. VH1 Save The Music reintroduces what public school programs have had to abolish. We salute Mr. Sykes' initiative to bring music back to the schools where it has been lost and to the children who should never be denied an understanding of their musical heritage," states Lord Douro, Chairman of the Montblanc Cultural Foundation. The VH1 Save The Music Foundation is dedicated to restoring instrumental music programs in America's public schools, and to raising awareness of the positive impact that music participation has on students. "School budget-cuts have deprived a generation of American students of an essential part of our cultural heritage, that of music and its role in children's lives," said John Sykes, President of VH1 and CMT. "The Montblanc Arts Patronage Award affirms our efforts to inspire children through the making of their own music. I am delighted and honored to be the recipient, on behalf of the VH1 Save the Music Foundation, of this year's Montblanc Arts Patronage Award." MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT -- Click Here http://tbutton.prnewswire.com/prn/11690X67526357
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