Music4Life™ and Seattle Music Partners are joining forces to provide enhanced educational opportunities to students who want to participate in instrumental music activities. To kick-off their collaboration, Music4Life today presented a King trombone to Seattle Music Partners (SMP) trombone students at Madrona K-8 School in Seattle.
“This is such a natural alliance,” says David Endicott, Co-Founder and President/COO of Music4Life. “The goal of Music4Life is to provide musical instruments for use by as many elementary-age students as possible. Seattle Music Partners provides free after-school instrumental music instruction for children in low-income elementary schools in Seattle. This is a great place for us to start this relationship.”
“SMP’s mission is to help children in low-income schools learn to play an instrument, read music and become part of a vibrant music-making community. Part of our commitment includes providing an instrument for students free of charge for the school year,” says Scott Gelband, Executive Director of Seattle Music Partners. “This new alliance with Music4Life helps ensure that every student in our program will have a ready-to-play instrument available.”
Music4LifeTM is starting a new program to provide ready-to-play musical instruments to students attending Everett Public Schools. The announcement comes from Dr. Gary Cohn, Everett Superintendent, and David Endicott, President/COO of Music4Life.
“We’re delighted to launch this new partnership with Music4Life for our kids in the Everett Public Schools,” Superintendent Cohn says. “As we re-establish strings at our elementary schools and a full orchestra program in the district, and we continue to seek ways to make our remarkable band programs accessible to children whose families cannot afford instruments, Music4Life comes to our aid. The Music4Life folks will make it possible for many more of our students to gain the thrill of fully participating in a band or orchestra without worrying about where they will get an instrument. Bravo to David Endicott and the Music4Life team!”
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This is one of four Tang (Chinese) drums donated to Music4Life by the coffee giant Starbucks. We’re looking for a school that has a special appreciation for Chinese music and can use four original Chinese-made Tang drums.
Music4Life is on the lookout for a Baby Grand piano for Superintendent Gary Cohn of Everett Public Schools. “We’ll put it to good use,” Dr. Cohn says. Please let us know if you know someone willing to donate a Baby Grand by calling 206-409-3275.
The seventh annual “Poverty Bay Blues & Brews Festival”was a sunny success this year with gross receipts of $65,000. Produced by the Rotary Club of Des Moines / Normandy Park, the event is expected to produce $15,000 for the Music4Life program supporting Highline Public Schools.
This 3/4 double-bass was presented in September to Edmonds Public Schools. The hard-to-find instrument was donated by Kathy Bloomerand her husband Ed Weinberger as they were downsizing from their Wedgewood-area home. Kathy said to use the instrument wherever we wanted. It’s an example of how Music4Lifebrings added value to schools and school districts by providing instruments they never would have found. Shown with the double-bass is Dave Wilson, Co-Owner of Hammond Ashley Violins in Issaquah, who did the work on the instrument.
Music4Life™ helped 143 students in need with the delivery of ready-to-play musical instruments across our five school district-based programs during the 2015-16 school year. The instruments had an estimated retail value of $102,323. Each instrument has an expected life of five to ten years, so other students will benefit in future years, as well.