This March-April Give a Note Foundation is hosting its fourth annual Music In Our Schools – Music Inspires Tour, and Marblehead High School will be the eighth stop. 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 (Tri-M®) chapters (middle/high school students) and the colleges/universities of two collegiate National Association for Music Education (NAfME) 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.
One of those winning Tri-M chapters is at Marblehead High School in Marblehead, MA, which will enjoy a concert with Radio Disney Country artist Maddie and Tae, hosted by Radio Disney Country correspondent Savannah Keyes. The Marblehead High School Tri-M chapter will perform.
“Give a Note is important to us because our music department thrives, and we know how amazing it is to have a safe place to express ourselves through music,” said Marblehead High School senior and Tri-M President Margaret Ross. “We want this for everyone, and we want everyone to have the chance to express themselves through music.”
Marblehead’s Tri-M chapter pledged to raise $500, said music educator Julie Frias, Marblehead’s Tri-M Chapter Advisor and a NAfME member. They “far exceeded their stated goal,” raising $1,150 for Give a Note. The students “took the initiative to spread the word around both the school and wider community,” said Ms. Frias.
“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.”
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, Collinsville, 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
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.
For Give a Note Foundation:
(703) 860-4000 ext. 230
For CMA Foundation:
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.