Foreigner's 'Can't Slow Down The Music' Competition!

NEW YORK, NY (March 31, 2010) - As public schools suffer more than ever before due to the faltering economy, popular rock act Foreigner is partnering with the VH1 Save The Music Foundation and OurStage to create a nationwide fundraising campaign to help restore instrumental music education programs.

The partnership is in tandem with the band’s “United In Rock” tour this summer, co-headlined with Styx and special guest, Kansas. Scheduled to kick off in May, the tour brings together three bands that helped shape rock and roll for a generation of music fans by dominating the charts and airwaves for decades. At each tour stop, Foreigner has pledged to donate a portion of CD sales to the VH1 Save The Music Foundation.

With a long tradition of supporting causes that work to improve conditions for those in need, Foreigner and VH1 Save The Music will also join forces with the premier online community-powered, new music discovery site, OurStage, and local radio partners at each tour stop for the “Can’t Slow Down The Music” Contests. This unique community-based initiative will invite eligible high school choruses, choirs, glee clubs, or vocal groups in each market to upload a video of their group performing "In Pieces" or “I Want to Know What Love Is” from Foreigner’s massive music catalog. The winning group will receive $1000 for their music program and the opportunity to perform “I Want To Know What Love Is” with the band on-stage when they touch down in their city. Eligible high school choruses, choirs, glee clubs, or vocal groups, grades 9 – 12, can enter on a rolling basis beginning April 1, 2010. Contest finalists will be narrowed down through online voting at OurStage, with the winning groups picked by an independent panel of judges from local radio stations. For more information, to enter, or for a complete set of contest rules and regulations visit:http://www.ourstage.com/go/vh1stm.

“As far as I’m concerned music is not only the most powerful form of communication between the peoples of the world, it provides a gateway that opens up a fantastic new dimension of feeling and creativity and anything we can do to provide our young ones with the tools to express themselves, through music, is our goal in this partnership,” said Foreigner’s Mick Jones.

“We are honored that these iconic rock legends are dedicated to fostering the next generation of rock stars, leaders, creative minds by raising essential funds in support of music education in the U.S.” said Paul Cothran, Executive Director for VH1 Save The Music Foundation. “With widespread budget cuts and lack of public funds, more schools across the country depend on our programs and the goodwill of partners like Foreigner and OurStage to provide their students with instruments and music classes.”