D’Addario Awards $12,000 in grants this year to not-for-profits in Washington

Grant presentation event at Ted Brown Music honors Seattle JazzED, Young Strings Project and others

October 11, 2017

The D’Addario Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit that partners with transformative music education organizations, presented grant awards to a number of not-for-profits on Tuesday October 10th at 12pm.  The event was held at Ted Brown Music in Tacoma, Washington, and owner Whitney Grisaffi was on hand to host the awards with D’Addario and Company sales manager Phil Carnivale leading the presentation on behalf of the D’Addario Foundation.

“Handing out grants to not-for-profit initiatives like Young Strings Project is really the best part of our job,” said Suzanne D’Addario Brouder, executive director of the D’Addario Foundation. “As grant makers, we have pioneered a process of supporting grassroots efforts to bring music back into underserved communities.  Our purpose is to not only provide financial and product support to organizations, but also to recognize and raise visibility for the tireless and incredibly impactful work being done to expand access to music education”, says D’Addario Brouder.

Laurie de Koch, executive director of Seattle JazzED noted: “Seattle JazzED is so grateful to the D’Addario Foundation who partners with us to ensure that all students in the Puget Sound region can access high quality music education.  The financial support that D’Addario Foundation provides helps us put instruments in the hands of students who would never otherwise have that opportunity.” Scott Gelband, executive director of Seattle Music Partners and recipient of the 2017 Mayor’s Arts Award, also stated: “Huge thanks to the D’Addario Foundation for their help in assuring that every student who wants to learn to play an instrument can!  The Foundation’s longstanding support has been a key element in SMP’s ability to cultivate a diverse and vibrant music-making community by providing youth with free music instruction and one-on-one mentoring to eliminate racial and economic barriers to quality music education. “  In addition, the Foundation also recognized Ted Brown’s Live It OutLoud outreach, the Wintergrass Festival’s D’Addario Youth Academy and new award recipient Totem Star.

D’Addario Brouder also shares a personal thanks to Whitney Grisaffi and the entire team at Ted Brown Music Outreach: “Thanks to everyone at Ted Brown Music.  Since 2007 Ted Brown has dedicated efforts to supporting music education in its communities through the Ted Brown Music Outreach organization.  We are very proud to partner with a industry veteran that is committed to a mission very similar to ours.”

Photo credit: Stanley Morris, S2 Photography 

About the D’Addario Foundation: The D’Addario Foundation bridges the gap in our education system and bring access to quality music education programs. Believing that music is part of well-rounded education, D’Addario invests in programs that plant themselves firmly into local communities and operate with the goal of having a long-term impact. Foundation-supported programs have a strong mentoring component that builds leadership skills. The D’Addario Foundation has dedicated millions of dollars over the last 30 years, making it possible for countless numbers of children to have a meaningful and long-lasting music education. For more information go to DAddarioFoundation.org.

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