GLEE Performs for Education through Music

Members Project from American Express and TakePart partnered with FOX’s hit series GLEE for a charity event to benefit the non-profit organization Education Through Music, Inc. on Tuesday, Dec. 7 at the series’ production studios in Los Angeles.

American Express provided 10 lucky winners and their guests a trip to Los Angeles for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to participate in a special charity event alongside members of the GLEE cast.

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The event benefited Education Through Music, a non-profit organization that promotes the integration of music into the curricula of disadvantaged schools in order to enhance students’ academic performance and general development.

GLEE cast members in attendance included: Matthew Morrison, Cory Monteith, Chris Colfer, Mark Salling, Jenna Ushkowitz, Jayma Mays, Harry Shum Jr., Dot-Marie Jones and Romy Rosemont.

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“Giving back is a core value at American Express and being a ‘good citizen’ is a hallmark of the brand,” said Louis Paskalis, VP, Global Media, Content Development, American Express.

“With Members Project, everyone is empowered to get involved, whether it’s volunteering, making a donation or voting for a charity they believe deserves additional funding. We teamed up with GLEE to encourage everyone to get involved and take action, because one small step can make a big difference.”

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During the volunteer event held on the Paramount lot – the home of GLEE – the 10 winners, their guests and cast members from GLEE interacted with children from disadvantaged Los Angeles-area elementary schools aligned with the Education Through Music program.

With the help of GLEE cast members, the winners and their guests, the children made their very own musical instruments, including guitars, tambourines, egg shakers, jingle bells and more.

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The event culminated in American Express donating $100,000 to Education Through Music to further impact children in a positive way.

Now in its sophomore season, GLEE is a musical comedy about a group of eager and ambitious students who strive to outshine their singing competition.

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Rakesh Raman