Music Drives Us is so lucky to have world-famous children’s book author and illustrator, Peter H. Reynolds paint one of our guitars for GuitARTS! This past weekend, Peter Reynolds began phase one of his rockin’ masterpiece. Peter is a great friend to Music Drives us and we can’t wait to see where his whimsical and fantastic imagination takes us!
Music Drives Us was the official charitable beneficiary of Boston Calling for the second year in a row! Boston Calling Music Festival was a three-day, multi-stage festival featuring the biggest and best acts in live music, comedy, and visual arts. It was held at the Harvard Athletic Complex in Allston, MA on May 25, 26, & 27, 2018. Thank you to all who supported us by purchasing the sold out Sunday VIP Tickets from us.
There was a great turnout! We were able to sell our Signature and Classic Guitar Pick Bracelets while informing people of our mission to keep music in our schools.
A big thank you to the staff and organizers of Boston Calling for making this all happen. We truly appreciate your support!
Music Drives Us received a heartwarming letter of appreciation from Lowell High School, one of our 2017 Grant Recipients! During the last grant cycle, Debra Caverly, a member of the Lowell High School Choral Arts Parent Group, applied for a grant to support the school’s Choral Arts program that was in need of new instruments & equipment for their pit band and risers for their show choir.
Music Drives Us was able to provide the pit band with amps, a digital piano, a hardshell keyboard, a drum & cymbal set, and other great equipment. The grant was also able to fund three new risers for the show choir to perform on.
The students were overjoyed with the new instruments and equipment. One student’s statement truly encompasses everyone’s feelings at Lowell High: “I’m extremely happy to see that the show choir, and the pit band, were gifted with new materials to revitalize our love of music.”
The Student Stage Manager was also positively affected, saying, “Having this new equipment makes me have a new pride within our school and the name Lowell High. When I have to tell other schools that we do not have to use their drum kit or piano, I feel this sense of pride. That pride comes from knowing that people believe in us.”
Music Drives Us was thrilled to have been able to support such talented and deserving students. Keep up the good work, Lowell High!
On Wednesday, May 30, Music Drives Us made a special grant site visit to the Curley K-8 School in Jamaica Plain, MA!
The Curley K-8 School originally received an Organizational Grant back in 2015. Music teacher Melanie Bourgeault single-handedly started the school’s music program and was in need of funding to sustain it. Now, years later, the Curley School has brought an additional music teacher on board and has many musical opportunities including a general music class, a band program, a choir, and an annual theater program.
With the expansion of the music program, Curley K-8 School recently applied for an Instrument Grant, requesting funding for unique instruments students might not otherwise be exposed to. Some of the instruments MDU was happy to provide include a tabletop electronic drum kit, cajons, djembes, conga sets, fiberglass shekeres, lap harps, rainsticks, and more.
It was wonderful to see the students play and enjoy their new instruments! Keep it up, Curley!
We are so excited to announce that Live Like Steel Panther For A Day is now live on Charitybuzz! This package includes a once-in-a-lifetime chance to meet the members of Steel Panther! Join Michael Starr, Stix, Lexxi, and Satchel for an inside look at what their lives are like as rock ’n’ roll legends. Steel Panther will sign and personalize a black acoustic guitar just for you. Not only will you meet the band at an exclusive pool party, but you will also watch them perform a special set for a live broadcast on WAAF, Boston’s number one rock station. After the set, you and three friends will be transported to the House of Blues, Boston to enjoy a VIP experience! Here, you will hang out with the band and get a picture with them before they take the stage. You will also get a signed 8x10 glossy photo of Steel Panther to take home with you, as well as first access to merch shopping. Bidding for this unbelievable experience starts at just $500, and all proceeds from this auction benefit Music Drives Us! You don’t want to miss this chance to hangout with the hard rockin’ quartet! Bid now!
Music Drives Us is excited to announce the launch of GuitARTS – our inaugural public art project to promote the arts and importance of music education in the Town of Norwood, MA and throughout New England!
We are seeking 15 local artists in the Greater Boston Area interested in publicizing their artistic style through beautifying and painting fiberglass guitars. These guitars will be displayed prominently in various public and participating private spaces throughout Norwood this fall!
MDU went to the Town of Norwood's Selectmen Meeting on Tuesday, May 22, to pitch the idea of GuitARTS. Take a look at the Norwood Bulletin's article for more details!
For more information about the project and to apply, visit bit.ly/2IY42Yp!
MVY The Person of the Week for May 24th, 2018 - Ernie Boch Jr., Founder of Music Drives Us
May 24th, 2018 - Ernie Boch Jr., Founder of Music Drives Us, a registered 501(c)(3), New England nonprofit organization supplying grants to music programs designed to effect positive change for people of all ages. We seek out organizations and individuals interested in using music as a tool to better the lives of people in all segments of society.
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 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