Jamie Foxx, Dominic Monaghan And Joan Cusack Help Music Students In US
Jamie Foxx, Dominic Monaghan and Joan Cusack helped hand out $500,000 (£312,000) worth of instruments to music students across the U.S on Tuesday (09Feb10).
The Lost actor hosted the Los Angeles leg of the nationwide 2010 Fidelity FutureStage music education program, which was video-linked between four cities - L.A., Boston, Houston and Chicago.
The initiative is backed by orchestras in each city, and ensures music students across America have access to new instruments.
School of Rock star Cusack spoke of her love of music at the Chicago event, while Oscar-winner Foxx surprised students by dishing out new violins, flutes and trumpets at L.A.'s Walt Disney Concert Hall.
Foxx also revealed how his classical music scholarship kickstarted his career.
He tells Hollyscoop, "(I) started in classical music. I tell people that and they go, 'No, get out of here, you from In Living Color'. I started playing classical piano when I was five years old.
"My grandmother said, 'Take this music because it will take you somewhere,' and I ended up going to college in San Diego International State University... I had a Russian pianist teacher and a Yugoslavian music theory teacher and it was the most incredible thing in the world. It really developed my skills. I was not the best but at that time it was a place for me to at least try to succeed and things really worked out."