NEW YORK, March 22, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Music Empowers Foundation today announced that the official fan website of platinum-selling recording artist and American Idol Season 8-winner Kris Allen has just launched a permanent home page feature that will enable fans to donate directly to Music Empowers Foundation. In partnering on this initiative, Mr. Allen and Music Empowers hope to raise significant funds in support of music education for kids.
Fans who visit the Kris Allen website and click on the Music Empowers donate button will be taken to a Kris Allen Giving Page (where they will receive a special message from Kris regarding the importance of music education and be able to donate directly to Music Empowers Foundation).
"Music Education is something I've had a passion about for many years," said Kris Allen in explaining his support for Music Empowers. "I know that if I hadn't had access to great music programs in school, I might not be where I am today."
Andrew Davis, Founder of Music Empowers Foundation, said that Kris's partnership in this effort to raise funds for music education for kids comes at a particularly critical time. "Due to the widespread reduction in federal and state funding, many public school systems are eliminating or reducing music programs," explained Mr. Davis. "Fewer and fewer children will experience the benefits of music education if private funding doesn't help to close the gap."
About Kris Allen
Since winning Season 8 of American Idol in 2009, 25-year-old Kris Allen has been touring and promoting his self-titled debut album. Kris has had multiple songs on the Billboard charts and his first single, "Live Like We're Dying" went platinum in 2010. Kris currently is working on his second album
Kris Allen also is one of the music industry's strongest advocates of music education for children. He began partnering with Music Empowers in 2010 and together they have donated, raised or pledged over $400,000 for numerous organizations that provide music programs to children. In October 2010, he was honored at the Little Kids Rock, "Right to Rock " Gala in New York City for his significant contributions to music education.
More information is available on Kris Allen's official website.
About Music Empowers Foundation
Music Empowers Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) not for profit that provides financial support to nonprofits that offer exciting and innovative music education in communities with limited or nonexistent music programs. Through funding their goal is to reach a broad number of children and give them the opportunity to learn, create, play and perform music.
Contact: Andy Davis
SOURCE Music Empowers Foundation