News Release May 11, 1999

Babies to Benefit from "Smart Symphonies"

       NARAS Foundation and Enfamil Launch National Program to Distribute Classical Music CDs to Newborns


(SANTA MONICA, CA & EVANSVILLE, IN) The NARAS Foundation, the non-profit music education and preservation arm of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, and Mead Johnson, the makers of Enfamil infant formula, announced today the launch of Smart Symphonies, a national program designed to awareness of the benefits of exposing infants to classical music.

The cornerstone of the program is a new, specially created compact disc entitled Smart Symphonies, which features GRAMMY-winning classical music. Scientists and early childhood development experts say that recent studies indicate playing classical music can stimulate brain development in babies. Beginning in early May, the CDs will be included in more than one million Enfamil Diaper Bags given to new mothers as they leave the hospital.

The Enfamil brand is contributing $3 million over the next three years to establish the Smart Symphonies initiative. The contribution will be used to further research the effect of classical music on brain development in early childhood, and to assist in bringing classical music to more families. This year, more than one million Smart Symphonies CDs will reach parents and newborns throughout the country.

Now playing in Maternity Wards across America!

NIGHTWATCH RECORDING is proud to join forces with Mozart, Bach, Pachelbel, Brahms, Debussy, and many more artists and composers in rounding out the playlist for Smart Symphonies' 2nd compilation. Vocalist Owain Phyfe and the New World Renaissance Band are featured on the CD's track #7, performing Giuseppino's 16th century ode to spring, Fuggi, Fuggi, Fuggi da Questo Cielo.

For more information about Grammy Foundation music education programs, visit or write the GRAMMY Foundation, 3402 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405

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