Little Kids Rock

Artists Support Music Education at Little Kids Rock Benefit

Little Kids Rock, the national nonprofit on a mission to transform lives by restoring, expanding, and innovating music education in schools across the country, hosted its annual benefit on Thursday, Oct. 10 in New York City with special musical guests. Honorees for the evening were Wiz Khalifa—award presented by Atlantic Records CEO, Craig Kallman. Usher—award presented by Trombone Shorty and Warren Haynes—award presented by Steve Miller. Honorees were given with the organization’s Music Maker Award for their work supporting and advocating for music education. Thanks to generous supporters in the room, Little Kids Rock will be able to launch new music programs serving thousands of kids across the country and move closer to its goal of reaching 1,000,000 students by the end of this year. The event took place at the PlayStation Theater in Times Square.

Highlights of the event included:

  • Wiz Khalifa performing his hit "See You Again" with Little Kids Rock students from his hometown of Pittsburgh as well as students from Chicago.
  • Usher announcing that his Nancy Lackey Community Education Fund is teaming up to bring new music education programs to schools in his hometown of Chattanooga, TN.
  • New York City school students performing a medley of Usher’s songs.
  • Warren Haynes performing his hit, "Soulshine," with a Little Kids Rock Chicago student, and collaborating with Steve Miller.

The organization strives to transform lives by restoring, expanding, and innovating music education in our schools. The organization’s network of thousands of K-12 teachers across 45 states leads a national movement that brings inclusive music education to students. Using rock, pop, Latin, and rap, Their programs empower teachers to build music programs as diverse as the kids they serve. Students see themselves reflected in their classes, which strengthens their connection to their school, their peers, and their community. They also donate necessary instruments, and curriculum, meeting a key need for many school music programs. More than 500,000 kids currently participate in Little Kids Rock programs nationwide. The organization aims to reach 1,000,000 kids served in its history by the end of this year. Learn more at

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