This is the twentieth time the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation® and Ford Motor Company Fund
join forces to donate $20,000 in musical instruments
YAUCO, PUERTO RICO (MARCH 11, 2020)—The Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation®, in partnership with Ford Motor Company Fund, donated musical instruments valued at $20,000 to Escuela Especializada de Bellas Artes Ernesto Ramos Antonini in Yauco, Puerto Rico, marking the twentieth donation since the partnership’s inception and the fourth time Latin GRAMMY In The Schools is held in Puerto Rico. The donation comes after the school and community sustained severe damage from Hurricane Maria as well as a recent series of earthquakes that affected the island. The program hosted an educational panel for music students with five-time Latin GRAMMY®-winning and GRAMMY®-nominated singer, composer, and producer Luis Fonsi. Fonsi reminisced with the students about growing up in Puerto Rico and gave them intimate advice on how to pursue their dreams of a musical career. In addition, Yizette Cifredo, host of Univision’s “Ahora Es” moderated a motivational session with the school community at large.
Since the beginning of the Latin GRAMMY Foundation's partnership with Ford Fund in 2014, more than 7,000 students have benefited from the donation of nearly $500,000 worth of musical instruments to schools in U.S. cities such as Dallas, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami and New York; as well as internationally in Buenos Aires, Argentina; Mexico City, Mexico; Arecibo, Humacao, and San Juan in Puerto Rico.
Latin GRAMMY In The Schools is an educational program that informs and connects music students with professionals in the Latin music industry and supports educational music departments that have financial limitations. The Foundation invites artists, professional musicians, and sound engineers to visit middle and high schools, universities, or music education institutions to share their personal stories and experiences with students that highlight the effort it takes to overcome career obstacles. The goal is for students to learn to optimize the educational opportunities presented to them, giving them an advantage and strong academic preparation to be able to compete in the music industry.
The Foundation has hosted events in schools and musical institutions in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico, Spain, and the Unites States. Previous artists who have participated in the program include: Ángela Aguilar, David Bisbal, Marilina Bertoldi, Miguel Bosé, Calle 13, Pedro Capó, Chino & Nacho, Luis Coronel, Silvestre Dangond, Joss Favela, Fonseca, Luis Fonsi, Gente de Zona, Kany García, Leslie Grace, Carlos Jean, Jesse & Joy, Natalia Lafourcade, Poncho Lizárraga, Claudia Montero, Ednita Nazario, Christian Nodal, Ángel "Cucco" Peña, Prince Royce, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Olga Tañón, Diego Torres, Carlos Vives, Wisin and Sebastián Yatra.
ABOUT LUIS FONSI:
Five time Latin GRAMMY® winner and GRAMMY®-nominated Luis Fonsi, is a Puerto Rican musician, composer and producer. With more than 21 years of artistic career, Fonsi has held several sales records, leading international radio charts with multiple gold, platinum and diamond records. After the devastating Hurricane Maria, Fonsi worked tirelessly to help affected people through his Luis Fonsi Foundation, donating basic supplies and medicine, as well as building homes in the community of La Perla. Fonsi is currently on his successful "Vida World” tour, which began in 2019 in Europe and has included stops in the United States, Guatemala, Paraguay, Argentina, Chile, and more recently Saudi Arabia.
ABOUT THE LATIN GRAMMY CULTURAL FOUNDATION:
The Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation was established by The Latin Recording Academy to promote international awareness and appreciation of the significant contributions of Latin music and its makers to the world's culture, and to protect its rich musical legacy and heritage. The Foundation's primary charitable focus is to provide scholarships to students interested in Latin music, as well as grants to scholars and organizations worldwide for research and preservation of diverse Latin music genres. Take action in supporting our mission by donating today via our Facebook page. For additional information, please visit us at www.latingrammyculturalfoundation.com. For the latest news and exclusive content, follow us at @latingrammyfdn on Twitter and Instagram, and Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation on Facebook.
ABOUT FORD MOTOR COMPANY FUND:
As the philanthropic arm of Ford Motor Company, Ford Fund’s mission is to strengthen communities and help make people’s lives better. Working with dealers and nonprofit partners in more than 60 countries, Ford Fund provides access to opportunities and resources that help people reach their full potential. Since 1949, Ford Fund has invested more than $2 billion in programs that support education, promote safe driving, enrich community life and encourage employee volunteering. For more information, visit www.fordfund.org or join us at @FordFund on Facebook and Instagram and @fordfund on Twitter.
The Lippin Group on behalf of The Latin Recording Academy
The Latin Recording Academy