For Immediate Release
Contact: Jane Mell Balek
JaneB@GiveaNote.org or (703) 860-4000 x228
16 Schools Awarded Grants for Music Programs
by Give a Note Foundation and 21st Century Fox
RESTON, VA (September 10, 2015)—This school year 16 school music programs will start their year off on a strong note. This past June, at the National Association for Music Association (NAfME) National Assembly, Give a Note Foundation President and Board Chair Beth Slusher along with FOX 5 DC anchor Lauren DeMarco for 21st Century Fox announced the schools that will receive grants to help their teachers bolster their music programs and reach more students with quality music education.
The partnership between Give a Note and 21st Century Fox commemorated the series finale of the musical TV series GLEE. Give a Note engages the business community to play a critical role in resource development and awareness raising activities that improve access to music education. This partnership builds on the long-standing relationship between the two groups dating back to the 2011 GLEE Give a Note campaign, which also funded at-risk school music programs.
“This tremendous act of generosity on behalf of 21st Century Fox brings much needed attention and resources to school music programs,” said Give a Note Foundation Board President Beth Slusher, also President of Rivar’s, Inc. “For many of these schools, these grants will represent their entire school year budget. Give a Note Foundation is proud to work with partners like 21st Century Fox to nurture, grow, and strengthen music education opportunities—every student, every school, every community.”
“21st Century Fox, parent company of FOX 5 DC, has a long history of supporting creativity and the arts, with a special focus on developing the next generation of filmmakers, artists, and musicians in our communities,” said DeMarco in her remarks at the June presentation.
“We are thrilled to partner with Give a Note Foundation, and to embrace the power of music education—and the work you all do every day—to nurture creativity and truly change students’ lives.”
Here are the 16 schools that received music program grants for the coming school year:
Thomas Jefferson High School Los Angeles, CA
Castle Creek Elementary Orlando, FL
North Atlanta High School Atlanta, GA
Benjamin E. Mays High School Atlanta, GA
Martha Ruggles School Chicago, IL
Chrysler Elementary School Detroit, MI
Detroit School of Arts Detroit, MI
Richard R. Green Central Park School Minneapolis, MN
Roosevelt High School Minneapolis, MN
Arlee Joint School District #8 Arlee, MT
University Park Creative Arts School Charlotte, NC
Edward A Reynolds Westside H.S. New York, NY
Catherine & Count Basie Middle School Jamaica (Queens), NY
Tilden Middle School Philadelphia, PA
Carter Academy for the Performing Arts Houston, TX
Totem Falls Elementary Snohomish, WA
Supporters can donate $10 to Give a Note Foundation to support under-resourced school music programs by texting “MUSIC ED GAN” to 20222. A one-time donation of $10 will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. Donations are collected for the benefit of the Give a Note Foundation by the Mobile Giving Foundation and subject to the terms found at www.hmgf.org/t. Message & Data Rates May Apply. You can unsubscribe at any time by texting STOP to short code 20222E; text HELP to 20222 for help.
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About Give a Note Foundation
Give a Note Foundation was created in 2011 by the leaders of the National Association for Music Education. Give a Note is a separate 501(c)(3) organization that remains affiliated with the association. The foundation was established to support and strengthen music education programs to ensure that all children have access to the life-changing benefits of music study.