New Britain Elementary School Rebuild

Celebration Concert

On April 19th, 2018, we celebrated the completion of our district-wide rebuild of elementary band programs in the Consolidated School District of New Britain in Connecticut.

From 2015 – 2018, VH1 Save The Music restored full instrumental music programs in nine elementary schools across the district with support from The American Savings Foundation and LEGO Community Fund U.S. In celebration, the community held a district-wide band, string and choral concert showcasing elementary, middle and high school student performances.

Chamberlain Elementary in New Britain

Back in June of 2017, we visited one of our Save The Music schools in New Britain as part of our ongoing program support. We had the opportunity to speak with the students and faculty to talk about their music program. Check it out!

Student from HALS Academy wins Essay Contest: Why Music is Important

For our 20th Anniversary celebration of Save The Music, we held a student essay contest asking, “Why Is Music Education In School Important?” Winner, Genesis Brown from HALS Academy in New Britain received a congratulation video from Jordan Fisher as one of many prizes. Watch the video of him reading some of her essay below! Read the full essay here.

The grand prize was a school performance by Jordan Fisher and donation of a Keys+Kids Piano Grant for the HALS Academy music program. Check out some clips we captured for that day:

HALS Academy wins Les Paul Contest

VH1 Save The Music Foundation partnered up with The Les Paul Foundation for a second year to create a unique contest using curriculum based off the book, Les Paul: Guitar Wizard by Bob Jacobson. Participating students created their own instruments inspired by Les Paul. Finalists submitted videos to demonstrate how their instruments worked. Check out the winning video from HALS Academy:

The Consolidated School District of New Britain Overview:

The city of New Britain is located 12 miles south of Hartford, CT. The school district reports more than 79% of students qualifying for free and reduced lunch. School district leadership is providing great support to ensure that music and arts are available to all students from K-12th grade. VH1 Save The Music Foundation closed the music education gap in nine elementary schools in the district. We provided 2 Core Grants to elementary schools in 2015, along with 3 Core Grants and 2 Keys + Kids Piano Grant in 2016. We then provided our final 4 Core Grants in 2017. This elementary school rebuild was made possible with generous support from the American Savings Foundation and the LEGO Community Fund U.S.


Save The Music Core Grantee schools by grant year include:

Grant Year 2015

  • Chamberlain Elementary School
  • Vance Elementary School

Grant Year 2016

  • Holmes Elementary School
  • Smith Elementary School
  • Jefferson Elementary School
  • Lincoln Elementary School (Piano)
  • HALS Academy (Piano)

Grant Year 2017

  • DiLoreto Elementary & Middle School
  • Northend Elementary School
  • Gaffney Elementary School
  • Lincoln Elementary School