Help Save School Music

From left, Durham Mayor Bill Bell, Duke President Richard Brodhead and North Carolina Central University Chancellor James Ammons respond to questions during a press conference at North Carolina Central University in Durham, N.C., Friday, April 14, 2006. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
AP Photo/Gerry Broome
At a time when school music programs are being jeopardized by budget cuts and shifting priorities, Buffalo is an exception: city schools have music programs in place for all abilities and for all grade levels. CBS News Correspondent Tracy Smith reports for Monday's Early Show.

For the past five years, the VH1 Save The Music campaign has provided more than 17 million worth of musical instruments to kids in 70 cities.
Interested in contributing to this program? Here is a list of things you can do:

Check out the tools and materials to support music education in your community.

Send an email to your Congressional Representatives to support music education.

Make a TAX DEDUCTIBLE Donation directly to the VH1 Save The Music Foundation to be used for restoring public school music programs.

Find out how your community's music education stacks up nationwide --participate in the third annual Best 100 Communities for Music Education survey available through the end of March.
And do not forget to start looking for those instruments. In June we will be hosting a nationwide musical instrument drive with VH1 Save the Music.
The following is The Early Show's calendar of events in partnership with Save The Music:
March: Music In Our Schools Month
May: VH1 Divas Live: A Benefit Concert for VH1 Save The Music
June: Save The Music Instrument Drive
September: Back To School Concert
December: Save The Music Holiday Auction
For more information about VH1 Save The Music, visit