Music Drives Us celebrated National Teacher Appreciation Day by awarding a $1,000 grant to a teacher who has inspired many.
Congratulations to Mark Todd from Holyoke High School, the winner of the Teachers Who Inspire Contest! Organized by the Boch Center, he was nominated among many other amazing teachers to win the grand prize, which included the MDU grant. As part of the grand prize, he and his class also won tickets to see the Sound of Music at the Boch Center Wang Theater. Before the show, we presented him the grant on stage in front of his excited students in the audience.
While accepting his check, he revealed in his acceptance speech that he had 250 unused sick days from all of his years of teaching because of his passion to inspire his students through music.
We were thrilled to meet and support such a deserving teacher. Congratulations again, Mark!
Take a look at the article from MassLive, which featured our special National Teacher Appreciation Day celebration!
Music Drives Us is excited to return as the official charitable beneficiary of Boston Calling 2018! As the official charitable partner of Boston Calling, we have a limited amount of Sunday VIP tickets available! All proceeds from our VIP Ticket sales will support our mission to keep music in our schools!
Purchase your VIP Tickets here!
Sunday VIP tickets include:VIP Passes provide you access to all the perks of General Admission, plus:
Boston Calling Music Festival is a three-day, multi-stage festival featuring the biggest and best acts in live music, comedy, and visual arts. It is held at the Harvard Athletic Complex in Allston, MA on May 25, 26, & 27, 2018. The event will provide easy access to all performance areas, incredible concessions, indoor arena, and many surprises to be announced.
Music Drives Us will be there May 25 – 27, and we invite you to join us!
If you have already purchased your tickets for Boston Calling, you can still support Music Drives Us by visiting us at our booth! We will have giveaways, merchandise, and so much more to support our case!
Music Drives Us is excited to announce that we will be the charitable beneficiary of South Shore Country Festival 2018! For every ticket sold, $1 will be donated to our foundation. These proceeds will support our mission to keep music in our schools.
The second annual South Shore Country Music Festival will take place on Saturday, September 8th at the Marshfield Fairgrounds. Come see top country artists perform! The concert will feature Easton Corbin, Uncle Kracker, Jimmie Allen, and Everette. We invite you to join us for a fun event!
You can purchase tickets here: http://bit.ly/MDUSSCMF
This year’s ArtWeek was one to remember! During the 10-day innovative festival, there were more than 530 events in 155 neighborhoods and towns across the Commonwealth. ArtWeek offers unique and creative experiences that are hands-on, interactive, or offers behind-the-scenes access to artists or the creative process. With 12 different genres of art and culture to choose from, there was an event for everyone. All of the events were cost effective, and many were free!
This was Music Drives Us’ second year in a row supporting ArtWeek along with the Boch Center. Ernie Boch Jr, the Founder of Music Drives Us, said: “Supporting cultural initiatives that emphasize arts in society is the heart of our mission at Music Drives Us. The cultural experiences offered during ArtWeek across the state of Massachusetts are extraordinarily important in keeping the arts alive and viable for all sectors of humanity.”
We were very proud to support nine wonderful events offered during ArtWeek 2018. We hope you got to enjoy some of the great events that took place this year!
Presented by Highland Street Foundation and produced by the Boch Center, ArtWeek is an award-winning, 10-day innovative festival featuring hundreds of creative experiences offering ways to experience arts and culture. Born in Boston in 2013, ArtWeek expanded its footprint across the Commonwealth for the 2018 festival. The 2018 spring festival is April 27 - May 6.
Music Drives Us expanded our partnership with ArtWeek to provide grants for events during the 2018 festival. Nine recipients were selected and received a $500 performance grant to support the presentation of their event during ArtWeek.
ArtWeek has an excellent Calendar of Events, detailing all of the different arts and culture events happening during the festival. The calendar allows you to select the type of event you are interested in, narrow down the city or region, and even select the day you would prefer to enjoy an event.
ArtWeek has also been featured in the news! WCVB Chronicle did a segment on ArtWeek, featuring an event that happened in our hometown of Norwood, MA!
Music Drives Us visited the House of Blues on April 25th to present Blues SchoolHouse with support for the next three years. The founder of MDU, Ernie Boch Jr, was accompanied by Ken Casey and Tim Brennan of the Dropkick Murphys, Don Law, president of Live Nation New England, and Nurit Smith, executive director of the Music Forward Foundation. Take a look at the Boston Herald article for more information about our visit!
The votes are in, and the winner of the Music Teachers Who Inspire Contest has been announced! A big congratulations to Mark Todd of Holyoke High School! The Holyoke community expressed how much this music teacher inspires them, and it was great to read stories of praise under his nomination photo.
As part of the grand prize, Music Drives Us will be awarding him with a $1,000 grant to support his dedication to music education. The Boch Center is also providing him with 30 tickets to the Sound of Music to celebrate with his class, as well as a night at W BOSTON and a massage at Bliss Spa Boston.
Thank you, Mark, for your dedication to music education! Congratulations for inspiring so many people in your community! We are happy to support such a deserving teacher.
Music Drives Us is thrilled to be supporting 9 awesome events taking place during ArtWeek! We were able to meet with the representatives of each event and personally award them their Music Drives Us ArtWeek grant. Congratulations to our grant recipients:
On Wednesday, April 25th, Music Drives Us visited Blues SchoolHouse in Boston, MA! We are thrilled to announce that we are powering the production and performance of Blues SchoolHouse through 2021. Our friends Ken Casey and Tim Brennan from the Dropkick Murphys and Claddagh Fund, joined us for this special visit.
Blue SchoolHouse is a legacy program of House of Blues Music Forward Foundation. This program traces the history of the blues from its roots in African musical traditions to its emergence as an American musical form and through its influence on other genres. The program demonstrates how music is a tool for communication and a driver of social change through reflection of the human experience. The program praises the component that music plays in American culture, and the integral role music plays in personal, family, and community life.
We would like to thank the Dropkick Murphys and their foundation, the Claddagh Fund, for their support of Music Drives Us. In December 2017, the Dropkick Murphys hosted the Murphys Boxing Christmas Party at Plainrige Park and Casino with proceeds benefitting the Claddagh Fund and Music Drives Us. The funds raised from that evening have been used to support Blues School House! The Claddagh Fund and MDU both share in our missions to provide opportunities and experiences for underserved communities throughout Massachusetts.
During our visit, we got a glimpse of what the band performs for visiting students. The Blues SchoolHouse Band performs for over 5,000 Boston Public Schools student each year, with many children experiencing live music at the House of Blues for the first time!
We're so happy to be supporting such a wonderful program!
Music Drives Us stopped into Alex’s Place in Martha’s Vineyard to honor a very special person, Tony Lombardi, the Director of the Teen Center at the YMCA.
As a part of the Y’s mission, Alex’s Place is a free program for all Island teens, supported each year entirely through community donations and grants. The mission of Alex’s Place is to provide healthy, safe, and positive activities, and a supporting and welcoming environment for all Island teens to help them achieve their career and personal goals. Continued support from Music Drives Us will help the Y achieve our mission as it relates to teens and continue a program that is of great interest to our Island teens and connects to the musical tradition and roots of Martha’s Vineyard.
Alex’s Place was awarded a grant from Music Drives Us in 2016 for their Adrenaline Music Program (AMP) which mentored teens about the different aspects of music, including how to form bands, collaborate, and perform. It was at this grant site visit in 2016, that we had the pleasure of meeting Tony Lombardi. Tony was a fantastic leader and tireless advocate for the teens of Martha’s Vineyard. He radiated a special passion and love for music and wanted each teen to be afforded the opportunity to learn and grow in a safe space. Tony passed away in December of 2017 and Music Drives Us wanted to honor his memory by providing a donation in Tony’s honor to continue his indelible legacy. We will always remember Tony, and are proud to support our aligned mission of providing musical opportunities for all segments of society. Thank you Tony, and to the wonderful teens at Alex’s Place who performed for us during our visit yesterday!
Read more about our visit in the Vineyard Gazette and MV Times. Thank you to the wonderful team at Alex’s Place for hosting us!