The Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation®, in partnership with Ford Motor Company Fund, announced a new virtual Latin GRAMMY In The Schools™ educational program featuring a conversation and performance with singer-songwriter Becky G. Set for June 30, at 3 p.m. ET/12 p.m. PT, the event can be watched on the Latin GRAMMYs™ YouTube Channel and will also include a virtual Q&A moderated by Chiquinquirá Delgado, the host of Univision’s “Mira Quién Baila,” with music students from 20 schools that have previously participated in and benefited from Latin GRAMMY In The Schools programs.
"I am excited to be joining the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation for their first virtual Latin GRAMMY In The Schools event. Over the years, their work cultivating and empowering young music makers has inspired me and I am looking forward to joining their mission to give back to our community through what I love most – music," said Becky G.
In response to the unprecedented changes brought on by COVID-19, the program will offer more than 1,000 students from around the world the chance to participate in the first-ever virtual event for the Foundation. Participating schools include: Los Angeles High School (Los Angeles), Southwood Middle School Center for the Arts (Miami), Programa Música 100 x 35 (Puerto Rico), Rancho High School (Las Vegas), Ronald W. Reagan Doral Senior High School (Miami), Escuela Secundaria Técnica 31 "Roberto Medellín" (México), Afro Latin Jazz Academy of Music (New York), Desert Pines High School (Las Vegas), John A. Ferguson Senior High School (Miami), Las Tunas ONG (Argentina), Miami Senior High School (Miami), Escuela Especializada Libre de Música de Arecibo (Puerto Rico), AC Blunt Middle School (Aransas Pass, Texas), Escuela Especializada Libre de Música de Humacao (Puerto Rico), Hialeah Senior High School (Miami), W.E. Greiner Exploratory Arts Academy (Dallas), West Miami Middle School (Miami), Huntington Park High School (Los Angeles), Jovita Idár K-8 and Victoria Soto High School (Chicago), and Escuela Especializada en Bellas Artes Ernesto Ramos Antonini de Yauco (Puerto Rico).
Since 2014, the beginning of the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation's partnership with Ford Fund — the philanthropic arm of Ford Motor Company — more than 7,000 students have benefited from donations of nearly $500,000 worth of musical instruments to schools in U.S. cities such as Dallas, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, and New York; as well as internationally in Buenos Aires, Argentina; Mexico City, Mexico; Arecibo, Humacao, and San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Latin GRAMMY In The Schools is an educational program that informs and connects music students with professionals in the Latin music industry and supports educational music departments that have financial limitations. The Foundation invites artists, professional musicians and sound engineers to visit middle and high schools, universities or music education institutions to share their personal stories and experiences with students that highlight the effort it takes to overcome career obstacles. The goal is for students to learn to optimize the educational opportunities presented to them, giving them an advantage and strong academic preparation to be able to compete in the music industry.
Previous artists who have participated in the program include: Ángela Aguilar, David Bisbal, Marilina Bertoldi, Miguel Bosé, Calle 13, Pedro Capó, Chino & Nacho, Luis Coronel, Silvestre Dangond, Joss Favela, Fonseca, Luis Fonsi, Kany García, Gente de Zona, Leslie Grace, Carlos Jean, Jesse & Joy, Natalia Lafourcade, Poncho Lizárraga, Claudia Montero, Ednita Nazario, Christian Nodal, Ángel "Cucco" Peña, Prince Royce, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Olga Tañón, Diego Torres, Carlos Vives, Wisin, and Sebastián Yatra.