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“The reason I'm so enthusiastic and passionate about this initiative is that I believe our young people need, now more than ever, what music has to offer. Music is where we find harmony. It enhances our ability to learn, to communicate, and to be inspired in all facets of our lives.”

— Ben
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Ben Folds's "Keys For Kids" charitable initiative was created to support existing non-profit organizations in North Carolina that provide school-age young people with access to keyboards and proper music lessons at little or no cost.

Born and raised in Winston-Salem, Ben credits early exposure to music as a child as the impetus and inspiration for his own creative journey as a professional music artist.

Through a unique public-private partnership with the North Carolina Arts Foundation and the North Carolina Arts Council, “Keys For Kids” will provide resources to a network of existing charitable organizations whose missions align with the goals of the initiative. Qualified non-profit organizations can apply to the Arts Council, and, if selected, will receive a grant as a “Keys For Kids" participant.