This March-April Give a Note Foundation is hosting its fourth annual Music In Our Schools – Music Inspires Tour, and the ninth stop will be at Rhode Island College. This year along with Radio Disney and Radio Disney Country, the 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 chapters (middle/high school students) and the colleges/universities of two collegiate National Association for Music Education (cNAfME) 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 stops 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.
“These presentations are wonderful ‘pay it forward’ moments,” 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.”
One of those winning collegiate chapters is at Rhode Island College, which will enjoy a concert with Radio Disney artist Sofia Carson, hosted by Radio Disney’s Candice.
“We understand that not every student has the resources or opportunities in their school that they should have. We wanted to help change that so every student has the music education that they deserve.”
“We chose to support Give a Note Foundation because our biggest focus for our chapter is giving back to the community,” shared Shannon Turner, president of the cNAfME chapter at Rhode Island College. “We understand that not every student has the resources or opportunities in their school that they should have. We wanted to help change that so every student has the music education that they deserve.”
Describing Rhode Island College cNAfME’s fundraising efforts, Shannon shared, “The Rhode Island College Wind Ensemble held a concert in memory of a music teacher from Rhode Island in December. We set up a table in the lobby for people to donate in a teacher’s name and had some giveaways for attendees. This gave us the opportunity to speak one-on-one with donors and discuss why Give a Note Foundation is such a great organization.”
Following are the dates and schools for the 2017 Music In Our Schools Tour:
- March 3: University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, MO (Collegiate winner)
- March 10: Collinsville High School, Maryville, IL (Tri-M winner)
- March 15: Salina South Middle School, Salina, KS
- March 17: Joliet Central High School, Joliet, IL
- March 24: Ramona High School, Riverside, CA
- March 29: Wenatchee High School, Wenatchee, WA
- April 5: James Otis Elementary, Boston, MA
- April 6: Marblehead High School, Marblehead, MA (Tri-M winner)
- April 7: Rhode Island College, Providence, RI (Collegiate winner)
- April 21: Tar River Elementary, Franklinton, NC
Give a Note offers special thanks to Jersey Mike’s for providing catering for the tour stop at Rhode Island College.
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.
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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.