The Dr. Phil Foundation launches Little Kids Rock Across America with a $500,000 donation designed to restore, revitalize and enhance music programs in schools in 10 cities across the country. The program brings music education to schoolchildren from grades K through 12 in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, Atlanta, Washington D.C., Tampa, Minneapolis and New Orleans.
The Dr. Phil Foundation is partnering with Little Kids Rock, a nonprofit organization that transforms children’s lives by restoring and revitalizing music education in underfunded public schools. Founded in San Francisco in 2003 by David Wish, an elementary school teacher who had grown frustrated with the lack of music education funding at his school, Little Kids Rock has served more than 85,000 students at over 1,100 schools in 23 cities nationwide. Read more about this joint venture here.
Dr. Phil believes that every kid needs something to belong to, and he would rather it be a band than a gang. He tells David that getting children together to learn how to play music and work together as a band can have a profound impact on them.
“I agree with you, Dr. Phil,” David says. “And I think that what we’ve seen is that children who are in touch with their creative sides are far less attracted to the cheap thrill of destructive behaviors.” He says with the Dr. Phil Foundation’s generous donation of $500,000, they can reach 25,000 students!
To help kick off Little Kids Rock Across America, Dr. Phil’s son, Jordan, invited some of his musician friends to the show: Co-founder of the band Incubus, guitarist Mike Einziger, bassist for the band All Time Low, Zack Merrick, and drummer for the band Red Hot Chili Peppers, Chad Smith.