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SANTA MONICA, CA – 6/18/15 – The MY HERO Project, in collaboration with Creative Visions Foundation, celebrated Music Arts Educators last week for their outstanding contributions to global education.  Guitars in the Classroom, Playing for Change Foundation, Harmony Project and Erin Bernhardt, producer of the documentary Imba Means Sing received awards at the multimedia event, hosted by The MY HERO Project, took place June 13 at the Herb Alpert Educational Village in Santa Monica.  

Guitars in the Classroom founder Jessica Barron (center) with music teachers

Guitars in the Classroom is a non-profit organization that teaches educators to use music in the classroom to deepen and enhance core curriculum.  Founded in 1998 by Jessica Barron, the organization helps students learn to play guitar and write songs that help in classes that include English, math, science, social studies, art and physical education. 

Guitars in the Classroom video

The non-profit group Playing for Change has a simple yet challenging mission: to connect the world through music.  Playing for Change won the 2010 MY HERO Media Award for the artistic video presentation that featured musicians around the world singing the Ben E King song, “Stand by Me.”  The organization’s co-founder Mark Johnson was on hand at Friday’s celebration to accept their award.  

Playing for Change founder Mark Johnson accepting his award

Harmony Project, a Los Angeles non-profit gave the audience a special treat as members of the Project Harmony Choir took the stage.  Under the supervision of director Kenneth Anderson, the youth choir sang a medley of songs that had audience members clapping in time and earned the students a standing ovation. 

Director Kenneth Anderson and the Harmony Project Choir

MY HERO Musical Director Stuart Pearlman and students from New Roads School provided jazz entertainment before the awards ceremony.  Following the ceremony, Creative Visions Foundation presented a screening of IMBA Means Sing, an award-winning documentary that explores the power of music and the impact of education by following a group of young performers in the African Children’s Choir on an international tour that will fund their education.  The feature length film won the first place award for Best Trailer last year at the MY HERO International Film Festival.  It also was an official selection at the 2015 South by Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas.

MY HERO Music Director Stuart Perlman performs with New Roads musicians

Creative Visions is a non-profit organization that fosters filmmakers who are working to create social change The MY HERO Project is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to sharing stories of everyday heroes from all walks of life. 

Submissions are being accepted for MY HERO’s 20th Anniversary Multimedia Festival and the festival’s Song Contest.  MY HERO is looking for sort films and original songs that honor local and global heroes. Visit the MY HERO website for more information.

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