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.