Music's long decline in sales has been well documented and it's
up to the next generation of musicians to make sure that there is still
an industry to make money.
Music Education is dwindling. Music is the first program to be cut after whatever other
arts program was deemed unnecessary in a school's budget. As painful
as those cuts may be, they are cutting the future of music as well.
Our future depends on our
children's education and it's up to parents and educators to find creative ways to get
the arts to kids. It's not the government's fault, it's not
the President's fault- it's our own. We can collectively make
a difference if we really want music lessons or music education in schools
in Queens, New York or across America.
Recently, Mr Van Halen spoke to
CNN about his work with Mr Hollands's Opus, a non profit organization
that funds music education through donations and sometimes through repair
of musical instruments. It's mostly to low income school disctricts
that are underserved in the arts. To date, the organization has donated
$20 million worth of instruments to thousands of schools. It's a service
that helps tremendously.
"My whole life has been music," he said. "I could not imagine
anything else." he told CNN.
"Music is such a necessity. It touches people's souls," he told
Music is the universal language to me. It transcends everything."
This donation of 75 of his personal guitars is an incredible opportunity
for someone to get a hold on music royalty's actual tools of the trade.
Thing is, without more of an understanding of why we need music education
and even to go as far as educating people on current music trends, we
will lose tomorrow's musician to coding and "cooler" things.
As a kid growing up in the 80's and nothing else to do besides music
but TV, drawing, playing sports and movies, Music was an escape using
my imagination. With the invention of video games and everything internet
in addition to the iPod becoming mostly a gaming console, imagination
has been put aside for easy fixes.
We need to embrace the
innovations that made music more acceptable but also give children the opportunity to take part in traditions. Now
more than ever, we need the music industry to invest in tomorrow so we
have one in music.