Nick Jonas Encourages Teens to Help 'Save the Music'

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Nick Jonas is lending his star status to a very important cause -- keeping music education in schools. The 17-year-old singer-songwriter is the face of a new PSA campaign for VH1's Save the Music Foundation and DoSomething.org, which will launch a six-week online battle of the bands, beginning March 1.

"Music inspires creativity and keeps kids in school," Nick says. "But there are thousands of students who do not have access to the benefits of music education. Don't let our music be silenced."

School budgets are being cut nationwide and music and arts programs are usually the first to go. In the Battle of the Bands campaign you can join the fight to keep these programs around and win an awesome prize: up to $5000 for your school's music program and the chance to perform in from of music execs at New York City's Apollo Theater!

All you have to do is go to DoSomething.org and submit a video of your own musical performances and a testimonial about why music education matters to you. A panel of expert and celebrity judges will evaluate all the entries based on musicality, creativity, strength of argument, number of votes, use of social media and overall participation. Sounds cool, right? Nick thinks so, too.

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