VH1 said Thursday that its “VH1 Save the Music Foundation” will donate nearly $3 million worth of new musical instruments to 31 public-school districts this fall.
The donations were made with the help of its cable affiliate partners -- including Adelphia Communications Corp., Bright House Networks, Charter Communications Inc., Comcast Corp., Cox Communications Inc. and Time Warner Cable -- as well as instrument manufacturers and retailers.
Artists helping the foundation included Jessica Simpson, Ashlee Simpson, Janet Jackson, Lenny Kravitz, Celine Dion, Enrique Iglesias and Jay-Z.
"We've made a positive difference in the lives of half a million students, but there is much that still needs to be done to raise awareness and restore music-education programs across the country," VH1 Save the Music executive director and vice president Paul Cothran said in a prepared statement.
“We remain more committed than ever with our cable affiliate partners and our exclusive partnerships with first-class organizations to deliver the myriad benefits that music education provides young students," he added.