From North Carolina Ben bends announced a very special livestream event in aid of its new charity initiative, “Keys For Kids”, which will be broadcast live from Osceola Studios in Raleigh, NC on Monday, July 11 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. ( HEY). The event – which features a musical performance by Folds, as well as interviews with special guests including North Carolina First Lady Kristin Cooper – will support and raise awareness for “Keys For Kids”, launched as part of a partnership unique with the North Carolina Arts Foundation and the North Carolina Arts Council to provide school-aged youth across the state with access to keyboards and appropriate music lessons at little or no cost. Tickets for the “Ben Folds – Keys For Kids Benefit Livestream” are available now HERE.
REGISTER FOR BEN FOLDS – KEYS FOR KIDS BENEFIT LIVESTREAM 7/11
Casio recently teamed up with Folds as the official keyboard partner of “Keys For Kids”, donating 35 Casiotone CT-S200 keyboards to the initiative, an instrument particularly popular with music teachers due to its portability. , affordability and versatility. Casio America, Inc. joins the North Carolina Arts Council and the North Carolina Arts Foundation, which help administer the program, along with seven North Carolina nonprofit organizations – Arts+, Authoring Action, Kidznotes, Kinston Community Council for the Arts, McDowell Arts Council Association, Musical Empowerment, and Pitt County Arts Council at Emerge Gallery – who receive financial grants and keyboards to use in their existing music education outreach programs.
Born and raised in Winston-Salem, Folds credits early exposure to music as a child as the impetus and inspiration for his own creative journey as a professional musical artist. Folds intends to expand his initiative to other North Carolina nonprofits involved in music education outreach. “Ben Folds – Keys For Kids Benefit Livestream” marks the first in a series of fundraising opportunities in the coming months to support “Keys For Kids”, and encourages others who believe in the mission to contribute as well. All donations to the “Keys For Kids” initiative – financial and in-kind – will be tax deductible. To make a financial or in-kind donation to “Keys For Kids”, go to www.benfolds.com/keysforkids.