Give a Note Foundation and 21st Century Fox Announce 20 Winning Schools of #MusicEdIdol Competition

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Lindsay Sheldon
Give a Note Foundation
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Nathaniel Brown
21st Century Fox
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Give a Note Foundation and 21st Century Fox
Announce 20 Winning Schools of #MusicEdIdol Competition

Schools of 20 Inspiring Music Teachers Chosen to Receive Grants

RESTON, Va. (November 9, 2016) – Leading into the new school year 21st Century Fox and Give a Note Foundation came together once again to present a new grant opportunity for 20 schools. The “MusicEd Idol” competition was announced last July, and schools were invited to submit nominations for “Music Education Idols” who inspired them to dream big and follow their passion for music.

Students, parents, and the general public nominated music educators by completing a short application and including a video testimonial describing how the music teacher inspired them to discover their creative potential. The stories were definitely inspiring. The influence of music educators around the nation made a positive impression on many students, and the bright light these teachers have been in their students’ lives was apparent.

Music Ed Idols 2016 from 21CF Impact on Vimeo.

Following is the list of the 20 “MusicEd Idols” whose school music programs will receive $1,000 grants courtesy of 21st Century Fox and Give a Note Foundation:

Teacher

School

City

State

Rosa Rabinovich

N. S. Edelcup Sunny Isles Beach K-8

Sunny Isles Beach

Florida

Lynette Carr-Hicks

Uniondale High School

Uniondale

New York

Rich Guillen

Arlington High School

LaGrangeville

New York

Daryl Yasay

West Orange High School

Winter Garden

Florida

Kendra Martin

Lilla G. Frederick Pilot Middle School

Boston

Massachusetts

Brian Langdon

Boyertown High School

Boyertown

Pennsylvania

Jennifer Jimenez

South Miami Senior High School

Miami

Florida

Deb Schaaf

Jane Addams Middle School

Seattle

Washington

Lori Lovell

Maitland Middle School

Maitland

Florida

Colin O’Dwyer

James Otis Elementary School

Boston

Massachusetts

Mitzi Lundy

Elzie D. Patton Elementary School

Mt. Juliet

Tennessee

Christopher Hanson

San Marcos High School

San Marcos

Texas

Bridget P. Speranza

Munster High School

Munster

Indiana

Daniel E. Graf

Eastport South Manor High School

Manorville

New York

Emmanuel Toledo

Ninth Grade Academy, Lawrence HS

Lawrence

Massachusetts

Benjamin Davis

East Aurora Middle School

East Aurora

New York

Jesse Espinosa

Waltrip High School

Houston

Texas

Ryan Solero

Tenth Grade Academy, Lawrence HS

Lawrence

Massachusetts

Lorrie Turner

Irmo Middle School

Irmo

South Carolina

Greg Monsma

Butler High School

Louisville

Kentucky

 

This latest round of grants continues a five-year collaborative relationship supporting music education between Give a Note Foundation and 21st Century Fox.

“These stories cannot be told enough, and we encourage communities to support their local school’s music programs and the teachers who make them possible.”

“We appreciate the continued support of 21st Century Fox to reach more students in more schools with the power of music,” said Beth Slusher, Give a Note President and Board Chair. “This is a wonderful opportunity to shine a spotlight on great music programs, which benefit students in all U.S. schools. These stories cannot be told enough, and we encourage communities to support their local school’s music programs and the teachers who make them possible.”

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Alandra L. Abrams accepts the Give a Note check in 2015 on behalf of the Tilden Middle School Music Program.

Since 2011, 21st Century Fox businesses have donated more than $1 million to underfunded music programs in schools across the country, as part of the company’s commitment to support the next generation of artists and creators.

“We are thrilled to support these teachers in their work to make a difference in students’ lives.”

“We were so inspired by the students who submitted nominations and the music educators who motivate them every day to work hard and achieve their dreams,” said Shira Oberlander, Executive Director of Social Impact for 21st Century Fox. “We are thrilled to support these teachers in their work to make a difference in students’ lives.”

Of the 20 winning music educators, these five have been selected to attend the 2016 NAfME National In-Service Conference (November 10-13) in Grapevine, TX, as VIP guests and will take part in a panel discussion on how to help students reach their full potential:

  • Lynette Carr-Hicks (Uniondale, NY)
  • Lorrie Turner (Irmo, SC)
  • Christopher Hanson (San Marcos, TX)
  • Ryan Solero (Lawrence, MA)
  • Emmanuel Toledo (Lawrence, MA)

Individuals are encouraged to continue sharing their own stories on their personal social media channels such as Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, using the hashtag #MusicEdIdol.

To learn more about Give a Note Foundation, visit www.giveanote.org. To learn more about 21st Century Fox Social Impact, visit impact.21CF.com.

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About Give a Note Foundation

Since 2011, Give a Note Foundation has conducted national awareness campaigns and raised funds to support and strengthen music education programs across the U.S. The programs have reached millions of parents and students and provided more than $1.2 million in direct grants to schools. Learn more about Give a Note Foundation Help give the gift of music! Text “MusicEd GAN” to 20222 to donate $10! Message & Data Rates May Apply. Details: http://www.giveanote.org/donate

About 21st Century Fox

21st Century Fox is the world’s premier portfolio of cable, broadcast, film, pay TV and satellite assets spanning six continents across the globe. Reaching more than 1.8 billion subscribers in approximately 50 local languages every day, 21st Century Fox is home to a global portfolio of cable and broadcasting networks and properties, including FOX, FX, FXX, FXM, FS1, Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network, FOX Sports, Fox Sports Networks, National Geographic Partners, STAR India, 28 local television stations in the U.S. and more than 350 international channels; film studio Twentieth Century Fox Film; and television production studios Twentieth Century Fox Television and a 50% ownership interest in Endemol Shine Group. The Company also holds a 39.1% ownership interest in Sky, Europe’s leading entertainment company, which serves 21 million customers across five countries. For more information about 21st Century Fox, please visit www.21CF.com.