Published Nov 28, 2008Those good-hearted chaps in Death Cab for Cutie have teamed up with a new initiative to help the kids of today make a difference.
Through the Key Change Grants program, the emotive Washington quartet are encouraging young people to create and promote social change through music, and this week sent a call out for a fresh batch of teen-generated ideas.
"We know firsthand about musics power to help transform important issues, said Death Cabs bassist Nick Harmer in a statement. "When we heard about Key Change Grants, we wanted to be part of this unique partnership that will put the power for change directly in the hands of young people.
The program, which is run in conjunction with Do Something and the Grammy Foundation, will award a total of $25,000 to young people across North America (yes, this includes Canada) who use their musical talents to help foster social change in the community. Twenty finalists will each receive $500 community action grants to develop their respective projects, and five grand prize winners will take home $3,000 each for their initiatives. Also, those five top winners will be flown out to L.A. for next years Grammy Awards on February 8.
To give you some project ideas, on the Key Change Grants website it points to a few examples, such as one involving a young woman who developed her own music-based teaching system for autistic children and another who taught underprivileged kids in Mexico how to play the violin.
The contest is open to all U.S. and Canadian citizens under 19. The deadline is December 15 and you can get more information on how to apply here.
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