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Browns owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam donate $4.5 million to Cleveland music programs

Danny Shelton, Roger Goodell, Dee Haslam, Jimmy Haslam
Posted at 11:07 AM, Aug 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-23 06:35:11-04

CLEVELAND — Cleveland Browns owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam have made a major donation to the city’s music programs.

The Haslams will donate $4.5 million to the Cleveland Orchestra, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Playhouse Square in order to “help further expose the Northeast Ohio region to the world of music,” according to the Browns.

Of the $4.5 million, the Cleveland Orchestra will receive $1 million, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame will receive $2.5 million and Playhouse Square will receive $1 million, the Browns said.

All three donations will be focused on providing music education to students, according to the Browns.

The Cleveland Orchestra’s donation will be used “to build communities through music, remove barriers to participation and advocate for and help facilitate equitable access to comprehensive music education in schools.”

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The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s donation will help further its Haslam Scholars Program that will provide free admission and expert classroom instruction to Cleveland Metropolitan School District students and Title 1 schools statewide.

Playhouse Square’s program Disney Musicals in Schools will be funded by the donation, helping to create ongoing theater programs in local elementary schools.

Chandelier at Cleveland's Playhouse Square District.

The Haslams said they are excited to give back to Cleveland’s music scene and to “help foster a deeper appreciation and understanding of music for students throughout the state of Ohio."