The value of each grant is estimated to be worth over $68,558. I calculated this figure using the grant package info sheet provided by Save The Music. It does not take into account teaching hours or administrative resources. For educators participating in the program, Arizona State University’s Consortium for Innovation and Transformation in Music Education (CITME) will be providing professional development opportunities and academic support.

J Dilla has worked with everyone from Janet Jackson to Ghostface Killah. His musical fingerprints are behind Common’s “The Light,” Nas and Q-Tip’s “One Love,” A Tribe Called Quest’s “Find a Way,” Erykah Badu’s “Didn’t Cha Know,” D’Angelo’s “Feel Like Makin’ Love,” and other sonic gems. Dilla had the magical ability to make electronically produced beats sound like melodies composed only with live instruments.

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