Updated: Jun 30, 2022
Red Velvet’s IRENE with Super Junior’s Siwon and NCT’s Jaemin at the signing ceremony for SM Entertainment and UNICEF Korea’s “SMile for U: Growing With Music” Project
SM Entertainment and UNICEF Korea Committee have signed a business agreement to support music education for underprivileged children in Asia, the two companies said on the 23rd.
Since 2015, SM Entertainment has continued the UNICEF Korean Committee and the "Growing with Music" project, a project to support music education, as part of its social contribution activity "SMile for U." It is an activity to provide musical instruments to underprivileged children such as ethnic minorities and children with disabilities throughout Vietnam, install music rooms, develop educational manuals, and support teacher training.
SM Entertainment has provided about 1.2 billion won to UNICEF since 2015 and supported music education without discrimination for Vietnamese children. Through this agreement, US$550,000 (about KRW 700 million) will be donated to UNICEF's Korean Committee by 2025, expanding the scope of support to Filipino children. It will provide $450,000 for music education projects for ethnic minorities and disabled children in Vietnam, and $100,000 for music education and education for disabled children in Samar, Eastern Visaya Islands, the Philippines.
Irene said, "Through this campaign, many more children can join us in creating a happy world."