D’addario Foundation Continues to Foster Music Education

The D’Addario Foundation Creates Young Musicians

The NAMM Show Anaheim, CA January 23-26, 2014 Booth #4834 – The D’Addario Foundation is a non-profit organization committed to inspiring and assisting the growth and appreciation of music throughout the world by partnering with passionate music educators.

Through the generous support of D’Addario and Company, the D’Addario Foundation awards grants and product donations to educational programs that offer sustained opportunities for active participation in music making in under-served communities. D’Addario is not only deeply committed to music education but to the belief that mentoring and building communities through music can positively affect social change.

Some of the new endowment recipients that The D’Addario Foundation proudly supports are:

The Curtis Institute of Music became a new recipient of a D’Addario Foundation grant in 2013. The Curtis Institute of Music, founded in 1924, educates and trains exceptionally gifted young musicians for careers as performing artists on the highest professional level. It provides full-tuition scholarships to all of its students, ensuring that admissions are based solely on artistic promise. Curtis provides complete and diversified musical training, plus liberal arts courses.

W.O. Smith/Nashville Community Music School is also a first time recipient of a D’Addario Foundation grant.  Established in 1983, this school has expanded from 45 students to serving over 600.  Students are charged a mere $.50 per lesson and receive weekly group or private instruction including course work in music theory for all beginners.  Teachers are all volunteer, and lessons take place throughout school year.  The organization also offers transportation services to students from two metro area public schools.  In addition W.O. Smith Nashville Community Music School offers scholarship assistance to students who are interested in studying music at the collegiate level.

Rock the Autism: Rock the Autism is a 501 (c)3 non-profit organization and  dedicated to bringing a lifetime of music to those living with autism by putting instruments and microphones in the hands of autistic and special needs children, allowing them to be free to express themselves.  Music instruction is provided for free to kids and parents.  RTA sees a growing need today and into the future for positive programs that include the special needs community- specifically programs to aid families living with autism- RTA wishes to fill this need Nation Wide by starting RTA chapters in every community across the country.

The D’Addario Foundation also continues its support of select organizations, in line with their mission to support music education:

Community Music Works (CMW) is the recipient of a multi-year grant award from the D’Addario Foundation.  CMW is a nationally recognized community-based organization that uses music education and performance as a vehicle to build lasting and meaningful relationships between children, families, and professional musicians in urban neighborhoods of Providence, Rhode Island.  Founded in 1997, the program began modestly with 15 violin students and, today, is a thriving organization with 12 professional resident musicians and more than 100 neighborhood children participating free of charge. Students participate in after-school programming and receive free instruments, have weekly lessons, a weekly community day including studio class and ensemble playing, educational workshops led by guest artists, and perform several times a year.  The organization also offers student leadership opportunities.

The D’Addario Foundation has been a long-time supporter of the Austin Classical Guitar Society’s outreach educational programming. ACGS has transformed school-based music education in Austin. They have built guitar classes in over 30 different middle and high schools, most notably at the Travis County Juvenile Justice System, and the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired.  What started with 20 students has expanded to serving thousands of Central Texas kids who come from various backgrounds.  In addition, in 2004 ACGS developed a leading curriculum to help teachers teach guitar in a classroom setting.

“It is incredibly gratifying to partner with these organizations that are so align with our mission,” says Suzanne D’Addario Brouder, Director of the D’Addario Foundation.  “We are proud to support them and assist their efforts in bringing quality and sustainable music instruction to so many.  These organizations have proven time and time again their commitment to their cause and their belief in the transformative power of music.”

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