Verizon and Pharrell Williams are focusing on bringing music lessons to under-resourced schools nationwide.
According to Billboard, the Verizon Foundation and Pharrell are launching a tech-infused music curriculum in middle schools that are a part of the Verizon Innovative Learning schools.
The partnership will also include a new Verizon Innovative Learning Lab that will be built in a middle school in Pharrell's hometown of Virginia Beach. The lab will feature augmented reality, virtual reality, robotics and machine learning for students.
"I want all children to have access to that kind of creative growth, access and support. All kids, not just my own," the producer told Billboard in 2018. "There's a lot of variables in a situation as to why something falls apart, but there's only one scenario where it holds together, and that's when all the variables are there. The environment, the family, the school, the system — there's so many things. We just want to do what we can to balance the odds so that as many kids as we can afford, or help and assist in whatever ways, get this access and support."
This weekend, Pharrell is having his inaugural Something in the Water music festival in Virginia Beach. Night one was expected to have performances from Janelle Monáe, Lil Uzi Vert, Pharrell and more. However, day one was canceled due to inclement weather.
"VA Beach, the weather wasn't great today but it's clearing up and we're excited to see you first thing in the morning," Pharrell tweeted Friday night. "Thank you for hanging in there....we will not disappoint. Thanks everyone who showed up today, every artist, every company and everyone involved."
Due to the impact caused by today’s severe weather at the beach venue, we are sorry to announce that we are unable to put on a show tonight. Stay safe and we look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow! ☀️— SOMETHING IN THE WATER (@sitw) April 26, 2019
VA Beach, the weather wasn’t great today but it’s clearing up and we’re excited to see you first thing in the morning. Thank you for hanging in there....we will not disappoint. Thanks everyone who showed up today, every artist, every company and everyone involved.— Pharrell Williams (@Pharrell) April 26, 2019
The official Twitter account for Something in the Water stated that ticket holders will receive a partial refund because of the cancellation.