Through the past several years, Keith Urban has given of his heart and of his time to serve the music community. He has supported such initiatives as The Academy's GRAMMY Camp music program and given back to numerous grant-based education campaigns, which provide resources and funds to the public school system and local music programs. As a result of his work, Urban will be honored with the Coalition Award at this year's Grammys on the Hill Awards, slated for April 5 at the Hamilton Live in Washington, DC.
"The opportunity to work with aspiring musicians and kids who are just discovering music for the first time really inspires me," shares Urban in a press statement. "Creativity is at the heart of an innovative society — it brings people together and teaches children self-expression, creative confidence and improvisational skills which are essential to their development.
"Being honored by The Academy, especially given the fact that they're the ones that have given me the chance to be part of their work in this area, is humbling. It's an incredible honor," he adds. Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow chimes in, "Through music education programs, Keith Urban has encouraged aspiring musicians by giving them the opportunity to perform and achieve their dreams. An engaged member of the music community and The Recording Academy for many years, Keith is an outstanding music citizen and supporter of the future of music, so it is our great pleasure to honor and recognize his dedication at GRAMMYs on the Hill."
GRAMMYs on the Hill Advocacy Day, a gathering of hundreds of music professionals from across the country, will be held the following day (April 6).
In a new interview with Rolling Stone, Urban lamented the shocking cuts to music education which has often swept law makers' desks. "Music education is something that's marginalized very quickly. It's seen as something that can be done away with quickly, without having too much of an adverse affect on the child. People think it's academics that's important. They think it's athletics that's important. But I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for those music programs in Australia. My family moved around a lot, but every public school always had a music room. There was always a music teacher."
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