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"We are deeply grateful for your willingness to share your resources with the community of school children..."
Steven Payne, Executive Director
Oakland East Bay Symphony

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Music in the Schools

As music programs in schools continue to decline, the Music Performance Trust Fund has been increasing its support and commitment in this area. At present, approximately 35% of available funds are earmarked for in-school programming. The MPTF is proud to co-sponsor programs that not only present live music to the children, but also incorporate historic, instrumental and theoretical workshops. To continue its funding of these invaluable programs, MPTF is broadening its local and nationwide search for philanthropic support. Below represents just a few of MPTF's invaluable school programs.

Jazz Education & Poetry Series

Jazz Education & Poetry Series
From Local 65, Houston, TX

Our Mission
Is to provide training and educational activities for school age youth in the field of music, using concepts and subjects not fully covered by private and/or public school systems. Educational activities designed to promote a greater appreciation and understanding of the history and culture of Jazz.

Black History Month Concerts

Black History Month Concerts

Black History Month Concerts
Buffalo, New York

Each February, during Black History Month, MPTF provides full funding for concerts held in the neediest of inner-city schools of Buffalo, New York. The concerts are performed by musicians of diverse ages and cultures at schools that have lost their music programs. For most of these school children this is the only live music heard all year. The musicians visit the schools not only to perform Jazz, Rhythm and Blues, Be-Bop and Soul, but also to talk about the history of black musicians, their instruments, and the music that has enriched our culture. The children are exposed to such names as Duke Ellington, Louie Armstrong, Charlie Parker-right up to Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder and Luther Vandross. Musicians perform in groups ranging in size from quartets to big bands.

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