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Since 1997, the VH1 Save The Music Foundation has provided grants of new musical instruments to forty-five schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District, totaling 1.15 million dollars. Even amidst these difficult economic times, Buchanan Children’s Charities has demonstrated their commitment to arts education by raising much-needed funds to benefit the VH1 Save The Music Foundation and their work to restore instrumental music education programs in U.S. public elementary and middle schools. To date, Buchanan Children’s Charities has donated over two million dollars to various children’s charities, and on October 20th, executives from the organization were able to see their donation in action when they visited the 32nd Street/USC Magnet School for the Visual & Performing Arts in Los Angeles, a program they helped to restore. Executives from both companies participated in a demonstration lesson and saw first-hand how their support continues to affect the lives of students.

“We are thrilled with the success of the VH1 Save The Music Foundation’s partnership with Buchanan Children’s Charities,” said Foundation Executive Director Paul Cothran. “With their help, we have been able to bring greater awareness to the importance of a musical education in a child’s life, and ensure that additional children have access to the benefits of music study. Their commitment to arts education during even these deeply challenging economic times is truly inspiring.”

“Buchanan is proud to support the VH1 Save The Music Foundation in their efforts to revive school music programs. I am a firm believer that music education leads children in the right direction and positively influences their cognitive development. Witnessing the children passionately play their instruments on Tuesday reaffirmed that our donations make a very significant difference in their lives,” said Robert Brunswick, President and CEO of Buchanan Street Partners.

About The VH1 Save the Music Foundation
The VH1 Save The Music Foundation is a nonprofit 501c3 organization dedicated to restoring instrumental music education programs in America’s public schools, and raising awareness about the importance of music as part of each child’s complete education. Since 1997, the VH1 Save the Music Foundation has successfully restored and sustained instrumental music programs in 1,700 public schools in more than 100 cities across the country, including Memphis, Houston, Chicago, New York, Denver, Baltimore and Milwaukee.  The 2009 – 2010 Ambassador class includes Nick Lachey, Kelly Clarkson, OneRepublic, Fall Out Boy, Mandy Moore, Chrisette Michele, Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat each raising funds and delivering key messages on behalf of The Foundation. To date, VH1 Save The Music has provided more than $45 million in new musical instruments, affecting the lives of more than 1.4 million children. It is The Foundation’s renewed commitment to donate one hundred million dollars worth of new musical instruments to ensure that even a greater number of students receive a comprehensive music education in the coming decade. Take action for music education by visiting www.vh1savethemusic.com.

About Buchanan Children’s Charities
Buchanan Street Partners is a leading real estate investment management firm headquartered in Newport Beach, California.  In 2007, the firm formed Buchanan Children’s Charities, a public non-profit organization, to measurably improve the quality of life and educational opportunities for children.  Buchanan Children’s Charities is a corporate catalyst for communicating to other companies about the value of corporate philanthropy and the opportunities available to make a tangible impact in our communities.