The Boston Globe ran a story on a partnership of Paul McCartney and Fidelity Investments to provide instruments for schools. The program is called Music Lives.
''Music education is a critical program of study that gets scant attention and fewer and fewer dollars every year," [Fidelity vice chairman and COO] Reynolds said in a statement. ''The Music Lives Foundation wants to combat this trend."
I know jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis has been very involved in promoting music education, also. It's great that people are stepping to do this, but it's sad that they have to.