2017 Music In Our Schools – Music Inspires Tour to Visit Collinsville High School March 10

This March-April Give a Note Foundation is hosting its fourth annual Music In Our Schools – Music Inspires Tour. This year along with Radio Disney and Radio Disney Country, CMA Foundation is joining by matching grants to the six schools selected for the Tour – with a total of $30,000 to be presented to schools for their music programs.

Additionally, two Tri-M® Music Honor Society (Tri-M®) chapters (middle/high school students) and the colleges/universities of two collegiate National Association for Music Education chapters that raised the most donations for Give a Note during last fall’s “Music Ed Matters” Chapter Challenge will be on the Tour. These upcoming stops will feature check presentations from the winning student chapters to Give a Note Foundation, to help provide grants for more schools. These schools have also invited young students from local elementary and middle schools to join them in a performance and to enjoy a celebration concert by a Radio Disney or Radio Disney Country artist during the Tour stops at their schools.

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Above: Forever In Your Mind and Radio Disney’s Brooke during the 2016 Music In Our Schools Tour stop in Spanish Fork, UT.


One of those winning Tri-M chapters is at Collinsville High School in Collinsville, IL, which will enjoy a concert with Radio Disney artist Forever In Your Mind, hosted by Radio Disney on-air personality Candice. The Collinsville High School show choir and wind ensemble will both perform, and the Collinsville Tri-M chapter will lead students in a medley of popular Disney soundtracks accompanied by the school band. The night will also feature the students singing the chorus of the Radio Disney featured song, “The Human Race,” as the music video is projected on a screen.

“We know the importance of music education and its effect on students’ lives,” said Jessica Tevebaugh, a senior at Collinsville High School and the Tri-M chapter president. “We have several bands and choirs at Collinsville High School, and we are very fortunate to have a set budget and the ability to fundraise. We figured that through Give a Note we could find a way to help other schools who do not have the same opportunities that we do.”

Through Tri-M, the students at Collinsville High School have exceeded service project goals. “After signing up to take part in the Chapter Challenge for Give a Note, we had no idea what to expect,” said Jessica. “However, we kept our heads high and gave it our all. We were beyond excited to raise over $800 and even more so to be a stop on the Music in Our Schools Tour with Radio Disney. There is outstanding potential in all the students in our music programs, and we are excited to see what great things they will accomplish in the future.”

“The presentation will be a wonderful ‘pay it forward’ moment,” said Give a Note President and Board Chair Beth Slusher. “I am so proud of these generous and hard-working students who have demonstrated what leading and serving look like.”

Give a Note offers special thanks to Jersey Mike’s for providing catering for the tour stop at Collinsville High School.

Following are the dates and schools for the 2017 Music In Our Schools Tour:

To learn more about Give a Note Foundation and the Music In Our Schools Tour, visit www.giveanote.org and follow the hashtag #MusicInspires. Be sure to follow the Tour on Snapchat, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.


Media contacts:

For Give a Note Foundation
Lindsay Sheldon
(703) 860-4000 ext. 230

For CMA Foundation:
Courtney Beebe

About the Give a Note Foundation

About the CMA Foundation: CMA created the nonprofit 501(c)(3) CMA Foundation in 2011. Guided by the generosity of the Country Music community, the CMA Foundation focuses on improving and sustaining music education programs everywhere while supporting worthwhile causes important to the Country Music Association. In 2017, the CMA Foundation has earmarked a record $3.1 million to 44 in- and after-school music education programs across the country, bringing the Foundation’s total contributions to date to $17.5 million.

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