Bruno Mars to Co-Chair the Grammy Museum’s Music Education Campaign

Bruno Mars is helping raise money for music education…

The Grammy Museum has announced a campaign for music education, featuring the 37-year-old part-Puerto Rican singer/songwriter, with the goal of raising $3 million to $5 million for their educational programs.

Bruno Mars, Ricky Regal, Lacoste

The funds raised over the 18-month campaign will provide free admission to the Grammy Museum in downtown Los Angeles for everybody up to age 18 and for all college students with ID and expanded access to their music education programs across the country.

In addition to Mars, the campaign is co-chaired by Billie EilishDua LipaShawn Mendes and Rosalía.

Michael Sticka, president and CEO of The Grammy Museum, says the museum’s goal is to raise “anywhere from $3 million to $5 million – and this money goes directly to the education programs. As of [October 7] we’re at about 25% of the top end of that goal, so there’s quite a bit of momentum here.”

That money has come from foundations. The museum is now starting to reach out to labels, publishers, artists, promoters and more for additional funding. “We’ve started some of the conversations with the industry,” Sticka says.

How’s that going? “No one has said no yet,” he replies.

Has anyone in the industry said “You make a lot of money from the Grammy telecast and from the MusiCares person of the year gala. Why don’t you fund your programs yourself?”

“We always hear that,” Sticka acknowledges. “I think there’s a general confusion out there of how everything is structured. The Grammy Museum Foundation is separate from the Recording Academy, so we don’t make any money off of the telecast. We’re separate from MusiCares, so we don’t see any of the money that comes in from person of the year. That goes to their important mission. We’re all part of the same family, but we are a separate entity.

“We do receive funding from the Recording Academy. They provide a healthy percentage of our operating budget, then we go out and we raise money. This money [that we raise] doesn’t go to salaries or overhead because the Academy helps subsidize that. This money goes directly to the education programs.

“Our goal with this campaign is very simple, to do our best to democratize music education by expanding our reach into underserved communities where access to our museum and educational programs could make a huge impact, and ultimately foster the next generation of music’s creators and leaders,” Sticka said in a statement.

Camilo Donating $1 from Every Tour Ticket Sold in North America for The Latin Grammy Foundation’s Education Efforts

Camilo is helping further the education of musicians globally…

The 28-year-old Colombian singer, musician and songwriter has teamed up with The Latin Grammy Foundation.

CamiloThe announcement comes on the heels of announcing his upcoming album and tour titled De Adentro Pa Afuera.

This week, the foundation unveiled that Camilo has pledged to donate $1 from each ticket sold for his North American tour to “support the Foundation in its efforts to further the education of music makers around the world through scholarships, grants, and music education programs,” according to a press release.

Fans can purchase tickets via CamiloTour2022.com.

Decal Acquires U.S. Distribution Rights to Natalie Morales’ Sci-Fi Comedy “I’m Totally Fine”

Natalie Morales is doin’ just fine

Decal has acquired the North American rights to Brandon Dermer’s sci-fi comedy I’m Totally Fine, starring the 37-year-old Cuban American actress, out of the Cannes market.

Natalie Morales, I'm Totally FineThe film is slated for release in theaters later this year.

The music video vet’s first feature follows Vanessa (Jillian Bell), who embarks on a solo weekend away to clear her head after the death of her best friend (Morales)—seeing her self-care vacation plans change when she’s met with a situation that’s out of this world.

The film written by Alisha Ketry also stars Harvey Guillén, Blake Anderson and Karen Maruyama.

“We are whole-heartedly excited to share our project with our fellow humans/Earthlings,” said Kyle Newacheck, “and it was DECAL who ultimately matched our passion and proved to be the best fit for the release of this delicate film.”

“The marvelous minds of Kyle Newcheck and Brandon Dermer have created a truly hilarious and thoughtful sci-fi jaunt,” added Decal SVP Ayo Kepher-Maat. “Jillian Bell and Natalie Morales are perfectly cast to deliver the fun and sweetness that makes I’M TOTALLY FINE so heartfelt. We are beyond thrilled to be working with such a talented group.”

Jon Huertas & His “This Is Us” Mates Launch Somos Nosotros Fund to Support Latinx Students in the Arts

Jon Huertas is helping the next generation of Latinx talent…

The 52-year-old half-Puerto Rican actor and his This Is Us cast mates and the show’s creator are launching a scholarship fund to support Latinx students with big Hollywood dreams.

Jon HuertasHuertas, his costars Mandy MooreMilo VentimigliaSterling K. BrownJustin HartleyChrissy MetzChris Sullivan, and Susan Kelechi Watson, as well as series creator Dan Fogelman, have partnered with the art advocacy group Nosotros on the creation of the Somos Nosotros Fund.

It will be used to bolster the quality of inclusion from a creative perspective.

The Latinx-focused scholarship fund is the culmination of a conversation that started over parity late last year when Huertas was given a lower bonus than his costars, This Is Us original cast members offered to pool together a portion of their final season bonuses when fellow series regular Huertas had been given less, an offer which he declined.

Huertas approached Nosotros, founded by Hollywood legend Ricardo Montalbán in 1970, with the idea of starting a scholarship fund because of his deep respect for its history of serving Latino artists.

“The primary directives of the Somos Nosotros fund is to solidify and build on Nosotros’ current initiatives while creating more opportunities to foster Latinx talent,” said Nosotros president Joel M. Gonzales. “The initiation of this fund serves as an inaugural partnership between Huertas and Nosotros where he will serve in a high-visibility Advisory role alongside Nosotros’ already well-established leadership.”

The cast’s generous contributions will be pooled with other donations from organizations like NBC, Netflix, and other endowments.

“We’re going to continue to fundraise every year,” says Huertas. “We’re starting an advisory committee for the fund so we can keep this going for the next 20 or 30 years. It would be nice to reach a point where we won’t need something like this one day but until we do, we as Nosotros will continue to fundraise and contribute to this fund as deeply as we can continue to develop programs and initiatives for the Latinx community which is very important to me.”

In one of its first initiatives, Nosotros is joining AFI in establishing a scholarship for Latinx fellows who enroll in AFI’s writers MFA program. Both Huertas and Gonzales believe that giving new writers the opportunity to earn their MFA, with less burden moving into their career, will give them a leg up to create and write strong, well-developed Latinx characters and stories.

“With the show ending, we really wanted to honor this amazing experience we shared by doing something big. Someone in the cast suggested we could start a charity which got me thinking about the representation of Latinx characters and how we still need a push towards that—with regard to the quality, not the quantity,” Huertas tells Deadline of how the idea for the Fund was born.

“I thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be great if we as a cast could give a leg up to the next Latinx writer? Someone who can create compelling stories for Latinx characters, possibly new television shows, who can be writers in writers’ rooms that invest in, protect, and elaborate on Latinx characters.’ They loved the idea and we agreed we should go for it. I’ve worked with Nosotros in the past on other initiatives and knew they would be the perfect partners.”

The Fund announcement arrives ahead of the May 3rd airing of the This Is Us episode titled “Miguel,” where fans finally will learn the backstory of Huertas’ character. The episode is a celebration of Latinidad, as well, the goes beyond what viewers will see on screen.

“Miguel” was written by This Is Us staff writer Jonny Gomez and was directed by Zetna Fuentes.

“Fans can expect to see what shaped Miguel’s life,” he says. “What parts of his life contributed to how he approaches life with the Pearsons, how he treats his wife, and how he represents himself in the family. He hasn’t had the easiest of journeys, which is something people don’t know about him yet. I’m excited for them to be able to look through that window.”

He continued, “We’re going to celebrate him and his Afro-Latinidad, his family, and the diaspora that kind of gets overlooked when you think of Latinx. I love that we got to speak to that on the show. Hopefully, this episode will help people love Miguel all the way around.”

Mariah Carey Launching Vocal MasterClass Course

Mariah Carey is helping you find your voice

The 52-year-old half-Venezuelan American Grammy-winning songstress will reveal the secrets to her famous vocal abilities in a new MasterClass course, the elusive.

Mariah CareyThe course, titled “Find Your Voice With Mariah Carey,” will delve into Carey’s singing tips and tricks.

“I’m super excited to share what I’ve been working on: my first-ever class on the voice as an instrument,” she shared via Instagram, alongside a video of herself singing her 1995 hit “Fantasy” alongside a series of fans, belting their hearts out in various environments. “You’re up next, and you’re going to rock this!”

You can sign up for MasterClass here, and take part in Carey’s course starting on April 14. Having a MasterClass account will give you unlimited access, not only to Mariah Carey’s singing course, but also to more than 150 classes taught by some of today’s most talented creators with pricing starting at just $15/month (about the same as a Netflix subscription).

Ally Brooke to Help Recognize Student Athletes During NFL’s Sports & Fitness Youth Awards

Ally Brooke will help celebrate some stellar student athletes…

In celebration of Super Bowl LVI Week, the 28-year-old Mexican American singer and former Fifth Harmony band member will serve as a special guest at the NFL’s Sports & Fitness Youth Awards, presented by the NFL and the Hispanic Heritage Foundation.

Ally BrookeAlly Brooke will form part of the event to recognize 10 student-athlete leaders, who’ve been selected among a pool of nearly 30,000 applicants.

Last week, Ally Brooke returned with her second single in Spanish, carrying a message about the strength of love in “Por Ti.” The song has reached No. 21 on the iTunes Latin chart and no. 1 on iTunes Ecuador.

The NFL’s Sports & Fitness Youth Awards will take place on February 8 at the LA Convention Center.

New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham Launches Initiative to Help with COVID-Related School Staffing Shortages

Michelle Lujan Grisham could be headed back to school…

Facing a dire staffing shortage in schools, the 62-year-old governor of New Mexico has launched an initiative asking state workers and National Guard members to become licensed volunteer substitute K-12 teachers and child care workers.

Michelle Lujan Grisham

Lujan Grisham has completed the registration to become licensed as a substitute teacher, her press secretary Nora Sackett confirmed to CNN.

The move is an effort to help fill staffing gaps and stave off closures across school districts and child care centers because of the rise in Omicron cases.

Volunteers will have to clear a mandatory background check, complete an online substitute teaching training, and then undergo a typical onboarding process done by the school where they’re placed. The new program speeds up approval of the licensing process to two days. Civil servants and Guard members who are currently involved in critical health care roles or administering vaccines are asked not to participate.

Lujan Grisham, who has no prior experience in education, expects to be placed in an elementary school this week, she told CNN’s Fredricka Whitfield on Newsroom this weekend.

She said her state was left with no choice but to ask for additional help from the public to get more substitute teachers in New Mexico’s schools.

“There aren’t any other options,” the governor said.

Should a New Mexico school district accept her offer to serve as a substitute, Lujan Grisham says she will donate her services and will not accept payment.

“We’ll have additional information about her placement this upcoming week,” Sackett told CNN. “This work will not require the Lt. Gov. to act as governor.”

The governor is among the 100 — 50 National Guard members and 50 state employees — who have so far signed up for the initiative, according to Lujan Grisham.

“The whole goal is certainly not to interrupt the qualified experienced work that is required in our public schools,” Lujan Grisham said on CNN, adding that the aim of the initiative is to “keep schools open and to support educators, parents, and students through the worst of Omicron.”

Since winter break, roughly 60 school districts and charter schools in New Mexico were forced to switch to remote-learning due to staff members testing positive for COVID-19 or having to isolate or quarantine under CDC recommendations, according to the governor’s office.

Also due to staffing shortages, 75 child care centers have partially or completely closed since the start of the year, according to the governor’s office.

Santa Fe Public Schools Superintendent Hilario “Larry” Chavez, whose school district has gone remote, said Wednesday that the initiative will be “instrumental” in helping continue or return to in-person learning and reduce “the stress on our remaining staff who have taken on additional duties.”

“This initiative will help create a stable school environment, as well as help parents who are having to juggle childcare and jobs,” MaryBeth Weeks, the head of New Mexico Parent Teacher Association, said in a statement.

New Mexico is not the only state facing teacher shortages and implementing extraordinary measures to keep classrooms running, such as asking parents or alumni to become substitute teachers or dispatching office administrators.

Sofia Carson to Finance the Latin Grammy Cultural Foundation’s Next Prodigy Scholarship

Sofia Carson is committed to helping educate the music world’s next prodigy

The Latin Grammy Cultural Foundation has announced that the 28-year-old Colombian American actress/singer will finance the next four-year Prodigy Scholarship, which holds a maximum value of $200,000.

Sofia CarsonIt will fully fund a student’s bachelor’s degree in music at Berklee School of Music starting in the fall 2022.

“It is such a privilege to witness the life-changing mission of this foundation through the power of music and education. To have the Sofia Carson Scholarship and to partner with my LGCF family on this is one of the greatest honors of my life,” Carson, a global ambassador for the foundation since 2019, tells Billboard. “To be able to use my voice and my platform in this way is the most important thing I can do. I couldn’t be more grateful to be part of this.”

In addition to the Sofia Carson Scholarship, there will be 43 other scholarships: three Gifted Tuition scholarships and and 40 Tuition Assistance scholarships for music students admitted to universities of their choice.

“As we enter our seventh year of providing scholarships and transformational experiential programming, we know that access — and educational equity — is pivotal in supporting future Latin music creators and preserving our cultural heritage for generations to come,” said Tanya Ramos-Puig, president, Latin Grammy Cultural Foundation. “It is truly a humbling reality made possible, year after year, thanks to the gracious support of our partners.”

The scholarship is awarded to an outstanding music student between the ages of 17-25 who demonstrates a passion for Latin music, but faces severe financial hardships.

The Latin Grammy Cultural Foundation says it “remains committed to help support closing the gender gap in the music industry.” In the 2020-21 season, the four most valuable scholarships were awarded to women, which represents 64% ($531,000) of the total scholarship amount awarded.

“That’s also the hope we have with this scholarship — that it will inspire young women around the world who have dreams of pursuing a career in music to actually fearlessly pursue to those dreams,” adds Carson.

In previous years, the Prodigy Scholarship has been co-sponsored by Latin stars including Enrique Iglesias (2015), Juan Luis Guerra (2016), Miguel Bosé (2017), Carlos Vives (2018), Emilio and Gloria Estefan (2019), Julio Iglesias (2020) and Juanes (2021).

The scholarship application is now live here.

The deadline to apply is April 10 at 11:59 pm ET.

Nacho González Nappa Composes & Produces New Song “Mi Escuela, Mi Hogar” in Partnership with the United Nations Children’s Fund

Nacho González Nappa is celebrating school and home in a special way…

The Uruguayan award-winning film and video game composer has joined forces with the United Nations Children’s Fund for the release of a new song called “Mi Escuela, Mi Hogar” as part of Exile Content Studio’s edutainment show Club Mundo Kids.

Nacho González NappaComposed and produced by González Nappa, the optimistic and hopeful track was created at a time when many classrooms in Latin America and the Caribbean remain closed.

The less-than-two-minute song, with a rhythmic folk melody, has lyrics about missing your teacher and wanting to play with your friends at recess, but also about patience, remaining positive and enjoying virtual education.

“Music helps us heal and get through difficult times,” Nacho said in a statement. “Latin America and the Caribbean is a resilient region, and we hope that this song will shed some light to overcome this dramatic situation.”

According to UNICEF statistics, 71 million children and adolescents in Latin America and the Caribbean are still affected by school closures due to the global pandemic. In at least five countries where only a small number of schools have reopened, less than 25 percent of students have resumed face-to-face learning.

“Imagining schools once again as a magical and safe haven for children to learn and explore was where we drew our inspiration for the song ‘Mi Escuela, Mi Hogar,’” Alejandro Uribe, CEO of Exile Content Studio, added. “With the help and support of UNICEF, we hope that Club Mundo Kids will inspire all children with its optimistic message that there will be better days ahead in the near future.”

Released for World Children’s Day, Club Mundo Kids and UNICEF also teamed up with YouTube Kids to showcase the song and other musical content until December 2

UNICEF continues working with education authorities to ensure all children return to schools while also supporting their psychosocial well-being.

“In many countries across the region, the school year ends in December. Children are now facing almost two years of lost time with teachers and classmates, jeopardizing their right to learn. While schools stay closed, the future of the region’s children, especially the most vulnerable, is at stake,” said Italo Dutra, UNICEF’s Regional Education Advisor for Latin America and the Caribbean.

Tessa Thompson to Help Present $1 Million in Scholarships at The Hollywood Reporter’s Annual Women in Entertainment Gala

Tessa Thompson is helping the next generation of women in entertainment

The 38-year-old part-Panamanian and part-Mexican American actress will appear alongside Jennifer Garner at The Hollywood Reporter’s annual Women in Entertainment gala to shine a spotlight on THR’s Women in Entertainment Mentorship Program.

Tessa Thompson,Garner and Thompson will present high school students with nearly $1 million in university scholarships to graduates of the mentorship program, which pairs the best and brightest high school girls from underserved communities in the Los Angeles area with top-level female executives, lawyers and agents.

The mentorship program is a joint venture between THR and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles.

Past mentors have included Amazon Studios head Jennifer Salke, Imax Entertainment president Megan Colligan, Netflix vp content Bela Bajaria and Disney TV StudiosABC Entertainment chairman Dana Walden.

More than 200 girls and 200 mentors have taken part in the program, with the mentees going on to universities including Harvard, UC Berkeley and UCLA, supported by $10 million in scholarships raised by THR.

The gala coincides with the release of THR’s annual Women in Entertainment issue (on newsstands December 8), which highlights the Power 100, the leading female executives in entertainment.