Cash prize beautiful music to Andover High ears

January 7, 2012 by  

A music video produced by students at Andover High School won a $25,000 prize for that school’s music program.

The contest was sponsored by the National Association for Music Education and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment to inject much needed dollars into music programs across America. Students were asked to produce a video that described the reasons why their school could use additional funding for their studies in music.

The Andover entry was posted online along with all other entries in the ‘GLEE Give a Note’ Contest. Viewers were encouraged to vote for their favourite videos and prizes were awarded accordingly. Andover High received one of six first place prizes of $25,000. A total of 73 schools across America received funding ranging from $10,000 to $50,000.

Videos received by the organizing committee featured original choreography, elaborate chorale pieces and impassioned pleas to help save school music programs, threatened by local department budget cutbacks.

Posting the videos online and the voting process was a vehicle to stir public support for school art programs. Andover students spread the word about their video and asked for votes using social media and with flyer printing.

The popular television program Glee was the inspiration for the contest.

“Glee has always been about the importance of arts education,” said Ryan Murphy, co-creator and executive producer of Glee. “Music programs were incredibly important to me growing up, and we hope that our show and initiatives like ‘Give a Note’ continue to demonstrate how much they mean to our kids.”

All winning videos are posted on the Glee Give a Note website.