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JEN Establishes Jamey Aebersold Endowed Scholarship

November 1, 2018

The Jazz Education Network (JEN) recently announced the establishment of the Jamey Aebersold Endowed Scholarship, which will be awarded annually at the JEN Conference to a college student exhibiting genuine passion and dedication to jazz education.

The scholarship is named after respected and acclaimed jazz educator Jamey Aebersold, whose more than fifty years of pioneering jazz education have impacted an immeasurable number of aspiring jazz players, students and teachers worldwide.

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Make Music Winter Launches This December

October 22, 2018

Make Music Winter, a free, outdoor music-making celebration on the winter solstice, expands nationwide this year on Friday, December 21 with joyful and dynamic participatory musical events and parades representing a variety of styles taking place in over 20 U.S. cities.

The all-day musical celebration on the shortest day of the year brings together people of all ages, musical abilities and genres to sing, play, march and dance their way across streets, parks, plazas, and other public spaces.

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Students from Parkland, Florida Record ‘Raise Your Voice’ Album

September 14, 2018

The new studio album Raise Your Voice collects a cross-section of impassioned new songs composed and performed by students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida and youth across the United States.

Produced in response to Parkland and other school shootings, Raise Your Voice’s proceeds will be donated to the singular non-profit organization Everytown for Gun Safety, which supports a movement of Americans working together to end gun violence and build safer communities.

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The Long Island Lesson Program Evolves into the Ascenté Chamber Orchestra

September 6, 2018

The D’Addario Foundation’s Long Island Lesson Program has evolved to become the Ascenté Chamber Orchestra, its own El Sistema program that provides robust, free music education to kids in the Copiague, New York community. Beginning September 17, private lessons and ensemble rehearsal will be provided to students two times per week at the D’Addario & Company Headquarters in Farmingdale, Long Island.

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Englewood High School Receives New Musical Instruments from Tedeschi Trucks Band

August 14, 2018

Englewood High School received 38 brand new musical instruments, valued at $48,000, thanks to the generous support of Tedeschi Trucks Band, led by the husband-wife team of guitarist Derek Trucks and singer/guitarist Susan Tedeschi.

The donation was made possible through Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation and includes guitars, wind instruments, and drum sets, as well as more expensive and hard-to-rent instruments such as tubas, sousaphones and euphoniums.

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All County Music Establishes Music Education Relief Fund

August 7, 2018

All County Music’s president, Fred Schiff, presented a $15,000 check to the Florida Music Education Association (FMEA) at their spring board meeting to establish the Mel and Sally Schiff Music Education Relief Fund.

This fund provides financial aid to FMEA members’ music programs in Florida that have suffered hardships in situations of natural disasters, fire, theft, and other unforeseen circumstances.

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The D’Addario Foundation Plans Additional Instrument Drive

July 20, 2018

Following the successful instrument drives at Ace Hotel properties in Chicago and Pittsburgh, the D’Addario Foundation and Hungry for Music have partnered with the Ace Hotel in DTLA for a west coast instrument collection event.

The D’Addario Foundation, Hungry for Music and Todd Rundgren’s Spirit of Harmony Foundation supports independent not-for-profits that develop free, immersive music instruction programs in neighborhoods hit hardest by budget cuts.

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Yamaha Young Performing Artists Program Celebrates its 30th Anniversary

June 28, 2018

Marking its 30th anniversary, the Yamaha Young Performing Artists program recognized the 2018 winners during its annual Celebration Weekend, held June 23 to 25, 2018 at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.

With the inclusion of this year’s 11 winners, exactly 300 musicians have earned the “YYPA winner” distinction throughout the program’s rich and illustrious history.

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