VH1 Save The Music Foundation heads east for the 2nd Annual “Hamptons Live” August 8 at a private residence in Sagaponack, starring superstar R&B singer Jason Derulo as the event’s headliner. The ticketed event is open to the public, and sets the stage for raising funds for music in public schools across the country. Following an exciting summer of events that included the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Show in which Gloria and Emilio Estefan performed new song “America” with Brooklyn’s Park Place Community Middle School Chorus and the August 1 Lollapalooza charity celebration in Chicago with music by Zella Day, the VH1 Save The Music Foundation is quickly approaching 20 years as a music advocate for children.
“Last year, my husband (Billy) and I decided to help host the first VH1 Save The Music Hamptons event,” said Julie Macklowe, Save The Music Foundation Board Member. “My company, vbeaute, has had an ongoing relationship with VH1 Save the Music since our launch in 2011. I became involved as we both share a passion for music-I actually played trombone in marching band in a public high school and understand the importance of this organization. The first school programs to have their funding cut are often the music programs, and the Foundation’s initiatives help save these by funding instruments in schools, and keeping this important part of a curriculum in place.”
VH1 Save The Music Foundation was founded in 1997, a non-profit organization raising awareness on music’s essential value to a well- rounded education. Over 2 million children have benefitted from the foundation’s efforts, with $51 million of new musical instruments impacting public schools in 100 cities across the America. Co-hosted by VH1 Save the Music Foundation Board Member Macklowe and her husband Billy, as well as Charlie Walk (EVP, Republic Records) and his wife Lauran, “Hamptons Live” tickets are available for $500 and up, with tickets $1,000 and above including instrument delivery to students. The 2014 event raised $350,000, with donations always accepted by those who cannot attend events (all tax-deductible donations).
Jason Derulo is a fitting headliner for the summer soiree, selected to be a 2014 celebrity ambassador to the foundation. “We are having the amazing Jason Derulo performing at the event-he is sure to be a crowd pleaser,” said Macklowe. “Also great food, great people and a lot of fun are a guarantee at any party I host!”
The timing couldn’t be better for Derulo- the star has gone from singer-songwriter and dancer to hit maker to global superstar, now appearing alongside fellow dancer-singer judge Paula Abdul on Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance.” A true triple-threat, Derulo’s songwriting, singing and dancing were recently on display at Good Morning America’s summer concert series, in support of recent release “Everything Is 4,” which features the Top 5 hit “Want To Want Me” and current single “Cheyenne.” During his set, Derulo can also pull from his string of earlier hits, from “Whatcha Say” and “In My Head” to “It Girl,” “Talk Dirty” and “Wiggle,” all certified platinum. Derulo’s pop music status continues to be on the rise with Taylor Swift surprising fans at a Washington, D.C. date of her “1989 World Tour” with a duet version of his “Want To Want Me.” Janet Jackson, recipient of the BET Icon Award, also hand-picked Jason to honor her with a choreography routine this summer alongside Ciara and Tinashe. Whether or not Jason has any surprises up his sleeve with potential guests, it’s sure to be an energetic set to sip cocktails and have a dance party among A-List guests and supporters. Additional entertainment will be provided by DJs Hannah Bronfman and Brendan Fallis.