LOS ANGELES, Dec. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Young Americans announced today that its founder, Milton C. Anderson has received the 2013 National Arts Star Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Foundation for Arts Education. The National Arts Star Awards are presented each year to individuals and organizations that have made a significant impact on Arts Education in America's public schools. The AFAE originally founded by Carol Channing and her late husband Harry Kullijian, works to restore the arts to our nation's public schools and insure an arts education for every child in America.
Before founding The Young Americans in 1962, Mr. Anderson worked extensively in television. He designed musical numbers for more than 27 major musical network television shows on CBS, NBC, and ABC and produced three music specials. During that time Mr. Anderson worked with some of the most legendary entertainers of the century including Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, Bing Crosby, Judy Garland, Johnny Mathis, and Julie Andrews.
Mr. Anderson's The Young Americans were known as the world's first "show choir" and have since grown to become the largest non-profit youth music education advocacy group in the world. To date, the group has grown into 300 college-aged cast members and has taken its love of music and performing all over the world with its "Turn Up The Music" International Music Outreach Tours. Last year alone, the group staged over 325 performances and music advocacy workshops in 125 cities, across 12 countries and 5 continents.
About The Young Americans:
The Young Americans is a non-profit 501(c)(3) performing arts and educational company with no political or religious affiliations. The group was founded in 1962 by Milton C. Anderson and is credited with creating the popular "glee" and "show-choir" concepts in the early 60's. It is the oldest and largest youth music advocacy movement in the world whose main focus is to help inspire people through music education programs and performances in schools and communities.
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