The Hot Topic Foundation is offering a $500,000 matching challenge grant to help serve the next half million kids.
To celebrate Little Kids Rock reaching the astounding milestone of enriching the lives of more than 500,000 inner-city public school students through bringing them free instrumental music lessons rooted in the popular music that they know and love, the Hot Topic Foundation and James "Munky" Shaffer of KORN are teaming up for a special announcement on Tuesday, September 20. The Foundation is challenging Little Kids Rock supporters to help reach the next half million music makers with a $500,000 matching gift. The Hot Topic Foundation will match all donations received by Little Kids Rock through December 31, 2016, dollar-for-dollar!
The Hot Topic Foundation, Little Kids Rock's all-time largest funder, has contributed more than $2 million to Little Kids Rock since 2005. "Hot Topic and the Hot Topic Foundation have been honored and proud to be a part of the success and expansion of Little Kids Rock," says Hot Topic Foundation Board Member Joe Emory. "All of us in the company have such a passion and love for music; the mission of Little Kids Rock has always fit right in with us. I do believe Little Kids Rock was one of the first foundations we supported and I know the partnership will last many more years."
KORN guitarist Munky, a long-time supporter and Little Kids Rock Ambassador, will be on-hand to make a surprise appearance at the Miramonte Elementary School in Los Angeles, where the organization will announce the the milestone and the matching grant challenge. Munky will be shredding alongside the up-and-coming student rockstars.
To coincide with the celebration, CrowdRise has set up a custom campaign for Little Kids Rock supporters to help reach the next half million music makers. Through the campaign (www.crowdrise.com/HalfMillionMusicMakers), supporters can give to Little Kids Rock directly, set up a variety of fundraising projects on behalf of the organization or give to a fundraising project someone else has created. As a special thank you, supporters fundraising through the Half a Million Music Makers campaign will be eligible to receive fun music- related prizes from Little Kids Rock and its corporate partners.
About Little Kids Rock
Little Kids Rock is a national nonprofit dedicated to transforming lives by restoring, expanding, and innovating music education in our schools. The organization partners with public school districts to train teachers to run its innovative Modern Band curriculum, and donates all the accompanying instruments and resources necessary to teach popular music in a way that empowers students to experience instant achievement. What began as a single after-school guitar class has since exploded into a national movement that brings free, weekly music lessons to over 250,000 public school children through the efforts of more than 1,700 teachers in 124 school districts nationwide. To date, Little Kids Rock has served more than 500,000 students.
About the Hot Topic Foundation
The Hot Topic Foundation is the charitable arm of music and pop culture merch retailer Hot Topic. The Hot Topic Foundation* believes the creative arts enrich lives - so we inspire and encourage young people to express their individuality through music and the arts. Since its founding in 2004, the Hot Topic Foundation has gifted nearly $10 million in grants to non-profit organizations - including Notes for Notes®, Little Kids Rock and the Grammy Foundation - that create music and arts programs for young people across the country, at schools and beyond. Give to the Hot Topic Foundation at all Hot Topic stores and at HTFoundation.org. Follow us on Facebook at Facebook.com/HotTopicFoundation.
About Hot Topic
Founded in 1989 in a Southern California guest house, Hot Topic was the first retailer to make alternative apparel and accessories available to individualistic teens at malls across the country. Today, Hot Topic offers music and pop culture junkies exclusive pop culture and band merch, collectibles, and fashion apparel and accessories.
KORN built an immortal bond in 1993 the first time Jonathan Davis, James "Munky" Shaffer, Reginald "Fieldy" Arvizu, and Brian "Head" Welch decided to make music as a unit. They shed blood, sweat, and tears in the studio and on stage, fashioning an undeniable and unique sound that would permanently alter the course of rock music. After six seminal releases, two Grammy Awards, countless sold out shows, and selling 40 million albums worldwide, Head left the group in 2004 to face the demons of addiction. KORN soldiered on, adding drummer Ray Luzier in 2007 and releasing four more full-length releases. In 2012, a triumphant and tear-filled reunion happened on stage as the group headlined the Carolina Rebellion Festival with Head reprising his legendary part on "Blind." The initial bond came back into focus, and it was time for their next studio album, The Paradigm Shift, which seamlessly melds the group's ever-present spirit of innovation with their signature metallic catharsis, paving the way for the future yet again. In 2014, KORN started their 20th anniversary celebrations, playing their critically acclaimed self-titled debut album in its entirety. The shows were so well received, the group continued the festivities into 2015, performing the record on tour to fans around the world. Look for KORN to release their twelfth album The Serenity of Suffering this October.