FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Professional Detroit Musicians
Perform in the Schools
Detroit, Michigan - January 28, 2014 - Musicians of the Detroit Federation of Musicians will be performing and sharing their musical life experiences with students in the Detroit Public Schools.
"Thanks to grants by the Recording Industries-Music Performance Trust Fund and the Film Funds Trust Funds, partnered with the Detroit Musicians Fund," said George Troia, Jr., President of the Detroit Federation of Musicians, AFM Local 5, "These presentations are taking place free of charge to DPS."
MPTF Trustee Dan Beck and Film Funds Administrator Robert Jaffe, were moved to make a gift to the children of Detroit by putting professional Detroit musicians in the classroom throughout the current school year.
Mr. Beck stated, "We are proud to support the leadership of the Detroit Musicians Fund and the Detroit Federation of Musicians in identifying the need and the opportunity for us to help implement this important educational initiative."
Coordinated through the DPS Fine Arts office of Mr. Willie McAllister, more than 25 schools will have benefited this year from the program. These outstanding presentations have run the gamut from "Getting Inspired by Sound and Translating It into Music" to "Jazz History from Slavery to the Present" to "Music of the Americas" to "Problem-Solving and Success in Today's Urban Pop Culture via Music". Presenters have included former Motown musicians, well-known Detroit jazz artists and members of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.
Commenting further on the program, Mr. Jaffe added, "We hope that our commitment to the Detroit Public Schools will inspire other organizations and companies to invest in these deserving young students and in their futures."
The Recording Industries-Music Performance Trust Funds and the related Hollywood and Television Film Funds are the world's largest sponsors of live admission-free, professional musical programs. Based in New York, the MPTF and the Film Funds are non-profit, tax exempt public service organizations dedicated to contributing to the public's knowledge and appreciation of music and to making live music a part of every child's life experience. The MPTF is funded via a royalty stream from the signatory records labels, today principally Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group, and Warner Music Group.
The Detroit Musicians Fund is a non-profit, tax exempt organization, overseen by the Board of the Detroit Federation of Musicians. It provides music scholarships and monetary assistance to disabled musicians. DMF is committed to the public good, to excellence, and to respect for the worth and dignity of all individuals.
The Detroit Federation of Musicians is Local 5 of the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada – the largest organization in the world representing the interests of professional musicians.
CONTACT: George Troia, Jr.
Detroit Federation of Musicians, Local 5
Telephone: (248) 569-5400, Ext. 1
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