We’re going through a time where schools are cutting back music and sports to save money, and Keith Urban is fighting back.
Taste of Country is reporting that Urban will be receiving the Recording Artists’ Coalition Award by the Recording Academy for being an advocate for music programs in U.S. schools.
The singer grew up in Australia, where his music classes made a great impact on his life. Although his family moved around a lot, there was a music room in every public school he went to.
“Music education is something that’s marginalized very quickly. It’s seen as something that can be done away with quickly, without having too much of an adverse affect on the child. People think it’s academics that’s important. They think it’s athletics that’s important,” he said.
Urban thinks he was lucky growing up with so many music classes and he wants to give back to today’s youth. He made a line of affordable guitars and gifted thousands of instruments to underprivileged youth.
Keep up the great work, Keith!