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Kris Allen, winner of season 8 of American Idol, is once again teaming with the Music Empowers Foundation to raise awareness for the need for music education in schools.

Kris has just announced that he will perform with the Berklee City Music All-Star Band at three concerts taking place May 2-4 in New York City, Philadelphia and Washington D.C. Kris will also attend the Berklee City Music Completion Ceremony in Boston on May 1. The concert series, which is open to elementary and high school students, is hoping to raise awareness for the need for music education in schools. Kris will perform songs from his self-titled debut album, as well as some numbers with the Berklee City Music All-Star Band.

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“To be associated with a leader in music education such as the Berklee City Music program is truly an honor. Music education is vital to any child’s development and is a cause that I hold close to my heart. The opportunities that the Berklee program provides to kids are remarkable and inspiring,” says Kris.

Kris has already helped raised money for Little Kids Rock, Artist Corps New Orleans and the Blackbird Academy of Arts in just the short time he has been working with Music Empowers. Kris will also serve as a Berklee City Music Network Ambassador as he continues to help spread awareness about the program.

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Along with the Music Empowers Foundation, Kris is also helping to provide the BCMN with a two-year $150,000 grant to fund research measuring the program’s impact and its continued expansion and development. “It is very gratifying to partner with Kris in support of an innovative program like Berklee City Music,” said Andy Davis, Founder of MEF. “Kris is an amazing advocate for music education and by doing these concerts we hope to raise awareness and attract funding for additional programs.”

They will also fund five scholarships for high school students in the BCMN to attend Berklee City Music’s Five-Week Summer Program. Nearly $30,000 was raised for the scholarships by Kris’ fans during a fundraiser called “Alright with Music,” named after his single “Alright With Me.”

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SCHEDULE:

May 1 – Boston – Completion Ceremony at Berklee College of Music – Ceremony begins at 2:00pm

May 2 – New York – Urban Assembly School of Media – Performance begins at 1:30pm

May 3 – Philadelphia – Nueva Esperanza Academy Charter – Performance begins at 12:30pm

May 4 – Washington D.C. – Ferebee-Hope Elementary School, Communities in Schools 21st Century Learning Center Extended Day Program – Performance begins at 5:00pm

For more information, visit musicempowersfoundation.org.

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