Nationwide budget cuts have left many schools struggling to provide their students with a proper arts education. But Josh Groban wants to help those programs in need, starting with the Los Angeles County High School of the Arts.
On June 28, the singer is hosting an “Evening With Josh Groban” at the Walt Disney Concert Hall to raise money for the California public arts school, which is the only public, conservatory-style arts program in L.A. With 600 students from 80 school districts, fundraisers like this keep the school free of charge. Groban himself graduated from the school in 1999 as a theatre major.
“[Los Angeles County High School of the Arts] holds a very special place in my heart as it gave me a starting ground to nurture my craft and feel at home while in school,” he said in a statement. “It was partly through this experience at LACHSA that I started The Find Your Light Foundation. It is my continuing belief that arts education and exposure in children’s and young adult’s lives help to shape them for the better.”
Groban’s own Find Your Light Foundation also raises funds for art programs and provides instruments and other supplies to struggling schools. A portion of an “Evening With…” will go towards his charity as well.
This isn’t the first time Groban’s helped raise money for local nonprofit arts education organizations. During his 2011 “Straight to You” World Tour, the singer partnered with Americans For the Arts to launch a text-to-give campaign where you could donate funds to local organizations right through your phone.
Tickets for an “Evening With Josh Groban” range from $50- $350 and go on sale May 10 at noon PST through Ticketmaster. Those who don’t mind shelling out $1,000 will be treated to a private pre-performance with Josh, along with a chance to sit in the front row.
It seems Groban is regular do-gooder this week. In support of Live Below the Line, the “You Raise Me Up” singer is taking the organization’s challenge to live off just $1.50 worth of food and drink for one day. Taking place from May 7- May 11, the challenge hopes to bring to light the struggles of nearly 1.4 billion people that are living in extreme poverty and help eradicate it.
– Shannon Carlin, CBS Local