Animation and the arts benefit the lives of audiences in a range of ways more diverse and bountiful than many perceive, and one that can go on to inspire others to create their own artworks and pass on this joy to a new audience. It is thus greatly inspiring to see some of animations most gifted voice artists offering their time and talents to support the V1 Save the Music Foundation via their charity concert, ‘Voice Actors Rock!’ in West Hollywood on July 17.
To commemorate the foundation's 20th anniversary, iconic names such as Tom Kenny (Spongebob SquarePants), Rob Paulsen (Yakko of Animaniacs), Jim Cummings (Winnie the Pooh), Jess Harnell (Wakko), EG Daily (Tommy Pickles), Troy Baker (Joel in ‘The Last of Us), Debi Derryberry (Jimmy Neutron), Robbie Rist (Choji of Naruto) will take to the stage to perform a range of not-to-be-missed musical numbers in what is sure to be one of the most entertaining nights of the year. In addition, the entire event will be hosted by one of the industry's most versatile actors, James Arnold Taylor (Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars: Clone Wars, Ratchet and Clank, Johnny Test).
All proceeds will be donated to the VH1 Save the Music Foundation to ensure music instruction is a core component in education, giving children the tools and confidence to excel in academics and in life. The event is proudly presented by Voice Chasers and tickets are now on sale and can be purchased at voiceactorsrock.com
With its rich music history, the famous Whisky a Go Go in West Hollywood, California was chosen as the perfect venue for the concert that will be conveniently held the Sunday before SDC, July 17. Fans will thus be able to fly into Los Angeles for the concert, and then head down to San Diego with enough time before SDCC starts on Wednesday.
Research proves that children in high-quality music education programs score better when tested in English and mathematics, and tend to have better critical thinking skills, motor skills, and memory. For many of us, our involvement in school activities like band or chorus set a foundation of important social skills like leadership and teamwork, along with a heightened self-esteem, that we have carried through our adult lives.
Due to increasing budget cuts each year, more and more public schools in the United States are forced to decrease funding for their school’s music education programs, and in some cases, cut them completely. That’s why VH1 Save The Music Foundation is more important than ever.
The VH1 Save The Music Foundation is a non profit committed to ensuring that music instruction is a core component to a complete education. Since 1997, they have partnered with more than 1960 public schools in 233 school districts, giving 2.6 million children the tools and confidence to excel in academics and in life.
Here is a taste of what to expect from this epic event:
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