Every day, New York City buskers use their talent and passion to bring a little joy and excitement to the subway platforms, street corners and busy squares of the city. These artists watch crowds of people pass by day after day.
For New Yorkers, buskers are a daily fixture, creating the background music to our busy commutes. But while we may see them, and even appreciate their music, most of us have never taken the time to stop and get to know these talented musicians, or what has inspired them to perform. Until now.
As New York’s Hometown Airline®, we wanted to acknowledge the amazing local talent who are playing the soundtrack to our city. We also believe in the intrinsic values of music and music education.
In partnership with VH1 Save The Music Foundation and with the help of music students from VH1 Save The Music grant recipient school, P.S. 48X, we surprised three NYC buskers by alleviating one of the greatest expenses for up-and-coming musicians—the cost of travel.
From the subway platform to a music platform
For more than 10 years, JetBlue has been a proud partner of VH1 Save The Music, helping to raise more than $200,000 to save the music in public schools across the country.
Whether it’s a child’s first time watching a subway performance or their first time holding an instrument, JetBlue and VH1 Save the Music understand that early exposure to music is instrumental for child development and cognitive growth.
Research has proven that access to a quality music education:
- Engages students in the classroom and increases graduation rates
- Improves early cognitive development, math and reading schools
- Enhances learning in other core subjects
- Develops critical thinking and leadership skills
- Fosters self-esteem and the ability to work cooperatively in teams
In our efforts to make music nonstop, JetBlue and VH1 Save the Music Foundation launched a charity buzz auction that will run through 9/23/16. All proceeds will help fund the music program at P.S. 48X.
Najah Lewis – “Symphony of Peace”
Zack Orion – “Outerspace”