The Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation® and Ford Motor Company Fund
donate $20,000 in musical instruments to Acero Schools Jovita Idár Elementary (K–8)
Becky Villaescusa, Joe Ávila, Karina Banda, Pedro Capó and Ms. Melinda Jean-Baptiste with the students at the Latin GRAMMY® In The Schools event in Chicago
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CHICAGO (OCT. 22, 2019)—The Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation®, in partnership with Ford Motor Company Fund– the philanthropic arm of Ford –, yesterday donated musical instruments valued at $20,000 to Acero Schools Jovita Idár Elementary (K–8) in Chicago. The program hosted an educational panel for students with singer/songwriter and Latin GRAMMY® winner Pedro Capó. Capó, who is currently nominated for two 20th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards®—Song Of The Year and Best Urban Fusion/Performance—shared his secret to success and motivated students to take initiative and believe in themselves. Karina Banda, journalist Emmy® Award-winning and co-host of Univision’s entertainment news show El Gordo y la Flaca, moderated the panel.
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 more than $400,000 worth of musical instruments to schools in U.S. cities such as Aransas Pass, Texas; Dallas; Las Vegas; Los Angeles; Chicago; Miami; and New York; as well as internationally in Buenos Aires, Argentina; Mexico City, Mexico; and Arecibo, Bayamón, 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, Miguel Bosé, Calle 13, Chino & Nacho, Luis Coronel, Silvestre Dangond, Joss Favela, Fonseca, Luis Fonsi, Gente de Zona, Leslie Grace, Carlos Jean, Jesse & Joy, Natalia Lafourcade, Ednita Nazario, Christian Nodal, Ángel "Cucco" Peña, Prince Royce, Olga Tañón, Diego Torres, Carlos Vives, and Sebastián Yatra.
ABOUT PEDRO CAPÓ:
Pedro Capó, grandchild of the legendary Bobby Capó, is a singer-songwriter from Puerto Rico. In 2018, Capó hit the international top charts with his single "Calma (Remix)" featuring Farruko, a certified Diamond single in the United States, Mexico and Peru, and multi-platinum in Latin America and Europe. "Calma" is currently nominated for the upcoming 20th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards® for Song Of The Year while "Calma (Remix)" for Best Urban Fusion/Performance. At the 19th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards®, his work En Letra de Otro (Documentary) was awarded a Latin GRAMMY® for Best Long Form Music Video.
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 63 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.
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