Chance the Rapper Plans 'Major Announcement' About CPS Funding

Recently, Donald Trump's administration proposed a federal budget that, among many other bad things, would defund the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).

Following Chance's initial million-dollar donation, Billboard published a poignant letter from three 10th grade students in the Chicago public school system, thanking the rapper for his support. To follow up, the three-time Grammy Award victor held a press conference to announce that he would be setting up an Arts and Literature Fund to help schools most in need.

Chance the Rapper held a press conference at Chicago's Robeson High School on Friday to announce that the Chicago Bulls have matched his pledge to donate $1 million to Chicago Public Schools. "The fund will bring arts program and materials to schools that have experienced a decrease in five-year graduation rates, experienced budget cuts and lack of text books, and are without music or arts programs".

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Chance The Rapper announces a gift of $1 million to the Chicago Public School Foundation during a news conference at the Westcott Elementary School, Monday, March 6, 2017, in Chicago.

The Grammy-winner has teamed up with the Chicago Bulls basketball team bosses to provide $1 million (£800,000) for arts programmes at educational institutions in his hometown.

Chance is partnering with local arts organization Ingenuity to launch the fund. Each school is receiving $10,000 donations from Chance's fund; 10 have already recieved $10,000. For every $100,000 raised on the site, Bennett promised to chip in an additional $10,000.

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