NASHVILLE, Tenn., July 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Casio America, Inc., a leading electronic musical instrument manufacturer, kicked off Summer NAMM 2017 with the presentation of its 'Leadership in Music Education Award'. The award was presented to Chiho Feindler, Senior Director of Programs and Policy for the VH1 Save The Music Foundation. Feindler and the Save The Music Foundation were recognized for establishing the Keys + Kids grant program, which provides qualifying schools with piano grants to bolster their music, drama and community programs.
"We are thrilled to honor Chiho and the VH1 Save The Music Foundation with Casio's Leadership in Music Education Award," said Stephen Schmidt, Vice President of Casio's Electronic Musical Instruments Division. "We looked at a number of very worthy possibilities for this award, but felt that what Chiho and the VH1 Save The Music Foundation were doing continued the rich heritage of fostering creativity by keeping music and the arts alive in schools across the nation in a very consistent way."
The VH1 Save The Music Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to restoring music programs in America's public schools, and raising awareness about the importance of music as part of each child's complete education. The Foundation provides grants of instruments and equipment to public schools nationwide to advocate music education in schools. Feindler, in working with the VH1 Save The Music Foundation, has always focused on the more challenged school districts and also promotes keyboards as part of the foundation for music learning.
"We are truly honored to receive this award in recognition of our deep work in advocating music education in America's public schools. We certainly cannot do this alone and we are so fortunate to have a great manufacturer partner like Casio," said Feindler.
To learn more about Casio's music education initiatives and full portfolio of electronic musical instruments, please visit www.CasioMusicGear.com.
About Casio America, Inc.
Casio America, Inc., Dover, N.J., is the U.S. subsidiary of Casio Computer Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan, one of the world's leading manufacturers of consumer electronics and business equipment solutions. Established in 1957, Casio America, Inc. markets calculators, keyboards, digital cameras, mobile presentation devices, disc title and label printers, watches, cash registers and other consumer electronic products. Casio has strived to fulfill its corporate creed of "creativity and contribution" through the introduction of innovative and imaginative products. For more information, visit www.casiousa.com.
About VH1 Save The Music Foundation
The VH1 Save The Music Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to restoring instrumental music education programs in America's public schools, and raising awareness about the importance of music as part of each child's complete education. Founded in 1997, VH1 Save The Music was the first organization in existence dedicated to restoring music programs. Over the last 20 years, the foundation has donated $53 million worth of new musical instruments to over 2,000 public schools in 251 school districts around the country-- impacting the lives of millions of public school students. Learn about the foundation's Play It Forward campaign in celebration of its 20th anniversary here: on.vh1.com/playitforward.
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