Paul Simon Donates $1M For New Music Education Program

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Earlier in February, singer-songwriter Paul Simon helped the launch of a new music education program in New York City with a $1 million donation to fund a fellowship for middle and high school teachers over the span of two years.

The Paul Simon Music Fellows program will partner with 20 young music teachers every year across five districts in New York City with the help of veteran teachers, who will be responsible for mentorship and skills training for the duration of a school year. The program will also help bring new “artists-in-residence” to schools across New York for 11 weeks at a time. Paul Simon himself will be involved as well, curating special guest artists to hold master classes for the students.

In a statement, Simon said, “School arts programs like the Music Fellows Program, when carefully guided and nurtured by dedicated teachers and gifted musicians, have the capacity to change and enrich students’ lives. As a graduate of the NYC public school system myself, I look forward to seeing the flowering of musical talent, and hearing what our city’s kids give us, as they take advantage of this new program. This program could be a beautiful garden if we tend to it properly.”