Thursday, October 17, 2013

DREAMWORKS ANIMATION’S SHREK THE MUSICAL BRINGS OGRE-SIZED HEART AND SOUL TO HELP SAVE SCHOOL ARTS PROGRAMS



DreamWorks Animation and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment Team Up with the National Association for Music Education to Award Five Arts Grants to High Schools Nationwide

DreamWorks Animation and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment announced today a $50,000 donation to the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), a non-profit organization whose mission is to support school music and arts programs. In celebration of the soon to be released Blu-ray and DVD of the Tony Award® winning production of Shrek the Musical, the donation will be used to create five $10,000 grants to help save music and arts programs in schools. Schools are invited to enter starting today to receive a grant for their school music program at www.ShrekDay.com. All entries must be received by October 31, 2013 and following a random drawing, five schools will be announced as winners on November 4, 2013.

“Music is an essential part of every student’s educational experience; it teaches cooperation, collaboration, creativity, and communication. It is important to support school music programs so children can enjoy the lifelong benefits of music study,” said Michael A. Butera, executive director, National Association for Music Education and Give a Note Foundation. “Shrek the Musical tells a story of love, friendship and finding your true self. The fact that the story is enhanced by music demonstrates the true power of musical expression. We’re very grateful to DreamWorks Animation and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment for their support and generosity.”

“We are proud that our live theater experience can give back to the educational community through this grant program,” said Bill Damaschke, Chief Creative Officer at DreamWorks Animation who also served as the producer of the Broadway show. “Full of high energy and fun, Shrek The Musical is a great introduction for kids to experience the magic of live theatre. The Shrek franchise continues to entertain audiences in a number of different ways.”

For more information, including official rules, visit www.ShrekDay.com. SHREK THE MUSICAL arrives on Blu-ray and DVD October 15, 2013.



About DreamWorks Animation
DreamWorks Animation creates high-quality entertainment, including CG animated feature films, television specials and series and live entertainment properties, meant for audiences around the world. The Company has world-class creative talent, a strong and experienced management team and advanced filmmaking technology and techniques. DreamWorks Animation has been named one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” by FORTUNE® Magazine for five consecutive years. In 2013, DreamWorks Animation ranks #12 on the list. All of DreamWorks Animation’s feature films are produced in 3D. The Company has theatrically released a total of 27 animated feature films, including the franchise properties of Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda, How to Train Your Dragon, Puss In Boots, and The Croods.

About Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, LLC (TCFHE) is a recognized global industry leader and a subsidiary of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, a News Corporation company. Representing 75 years of innovative and award-winning filmmaking from Twentieth Century Fox, TCFHE is the worldwide marketing, sales and distribution company for all Fox film and television programming, acquisitions and original productions on DVD, Blu-ray Disc Digital Copy, Video On Demand and Digital Download. The company also releases all products globally for MGM Home Entertainment. Each year TCFHE introduces hundreds of new and newly enhanced products, which it services to retail outlets from mass merchants and warehouse clubs to specialty stores and e-commerce throughout the world.

About The National Association for Music Education
National Association for Music Education, among the world’s largest arts education organizations, is the only association that addresses all aspects of music education.  NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers.  The Association orchestrates success for millions of students nationwide and has supported music educators at all teaching levels for more than a century.  With more than 70,000 members, the organization is the voice of music education in the United States. In 2011, NAfME established the Give a Note Foundation to bring together business leaders and everyone who cares about music education to work to establish and grow music education programs for underserved students across the United States.

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