Kids in a New Groove to Be Featured by Born This Way Foundation and Exploring the Arts at Upcoming Cheek to Cheek Tour Stop in Austin, TX

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BTWF & ETA Will Highlight the Local Community Organization for Its Exceptional Work with Young People

To have our work recognized by Born This Way Foundation is a tremendous honor. We’re so grateful to Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett for creating these important foundations and using their star power to support local groups like ours across the country.

Kids in a New Groove to Be Featured by Born This Way Foundation and Exploring the Arts at Upcoming Cheek to Cheek Tour Stop in Austin, Texas

BTWF & ETA Will Highlight the Local Community Organization for Its Exceptional Work with Young People

Born This Way Foundation and Exploring the Arts are excited to announce that Kids in a New Groove will be featured at an upcoming stop of Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga’s Cheek to Cheek tour in Austin, Texas on April 23rd. The initiative is part of a partnership between Born This Way Foundation and Exploring the Arts to highlight exceptional nonprofit organizations at Cheek to Cheek stops across the country. Organizations are chosen based on their demonstrated excellence in empowering young people to become compassionate, creative, and brave.

Kids in a New Groove will be featured prominently at the show including a location for their staff or volunteers to interact with the thousands of fans in attendance, increasing awareness of the services and programs the group offers. Additionally, Kids in a New Groove will receive the proceeds from a pair of tickets to the show and a meet and greet with Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga that will be auctioned off by CharityBuzz at https://www.charitybuzz.com/catalog_items/739400.

“To have our work recognized by Born This Way Foundation is a tremendous honor. Music is the bond that brings our kids and volunteers together. We’re so grateful to Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett for creating these important foundations and using their star power to support local groups like ours across the country,” said Karyn Scott, Executive Director of Kids in a New Groove.

Kids in a New Groove (KING) provides Texas youth in foster care with a committed one-on-one mentoring relationship through weekly private music instruction, giving students the ability to build concrete strategies for life-long success. KING envisions all Texas youth in foster care have the tools and support they need to become successful individuals when they transition out of the foster care system.

“Born This Way Foundation is thrilled to partner with Exploring the Arts to shine a light on the work these exceptional local organizations do for the young people they support. We share a mission to inspire and empower today’s youth and the resources and services these groups are providing in their communities are critical to that goal,” said Cynthia Germanotta, Co-Founder and President of Born This Way Foundation.

“Exploring the Arts and Born This Way Foundation were founded with the goal of touching the lives of young people and inspiring the next generation of artists and leaders. The local organizations we’re featuring share this commitment, working hard every day to uplift young people in their areas,” said Susan Benedetto, Co-Founder of Exploring the Arts.

This initiative reflects Born This Way Foundation’s commitment to working with local and national allies – from GLSEN and YMCA to Youth Service America – to reach hundreds of thousands of young people directly. These relationships have enabled the organization to connect youth around the country with services and programing in their communities. Similarly, the partnership reflects Exploring the Arts' deep history of engaging local organizations to improve arts education in public high schools throughout New York City and Los Angeles.

ABOUT KIDS IN A NEW GROOVE (KING): KING is a 501c3 Austin based non-profit that provides private music lessons and instruments to children in the Texas foster care system. KING seeks to change the grim statistics on youth aging out of foster care, where many children eventually face homelessness or incarceration due to lack of community resources. As foster children move between placements, a KING teacher moves with each child, providing a consistent and stable mentor. The KING program also helps children build life skills, accountability, goal-setting, and perseverance. Each child is also given the chance to earn their very own musical instrument through dedication and hard work, as well as encouraged to perform at concerts and recitals. Visit http://www.kidsinanewgroove.org and follow on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

ABOUT BORN THIS WAY FOUNDATION (BTWF): Led by Lady Gaga and her mother Cynthia Germanotta, BTWF was founded in 2011 to support the wellness of young people and empower them to create a kinder and braver world. BTWF achieves this by shining a light on real people, quality research and authentic partnerships. Working with more than 50 non-profit organizations, BTWF has connected more than over 150,000 young people with services and programing in their communities. BTWF has also partnered with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the National Council for Behavioral Health, and the National Association of School Psychologists to collect data from more than 2,500 young people. This research, presented before the American Psychological Association, improved our understanding of young people’s views of mental-health services and delivery methods.
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ABOUT EXPLORING THE ARTS (ETA): Founded in 1999 by Tony Bennett and Susan Benedetto, ETA's mission is to transform the lives of young people through arts education. ETA works collaboratively with 17 public high schools throughout New York City and Los Angeles to help them build high-quality, school-day arts programs and to provide additional, out-of-school arts opportunities for their students. Tony and Susan are the co-founders of Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, a public arts high school, located in Tony's hometown of Astoria, Queens.
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MEDIA INQUIRIES:
For Born This Way Foundation or Exploring the Arts
Rachel Martin – Rachel_Martin(at)dkcnews(dot)com, 212-981-5236    

For Kids in a New Groove
Lisa O’Neill, Newton O'Neill Communications, lisa(at)newtononeill(dot)com, 512-494-6178

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