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!
“In honor of National Teacher Appreciation Day on Tuesday, May 8, the Boch Center is hosting a Music Teachers Who Inspire Contest powered by Music Drives Us. Apply here today!
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We are excited to announce the recipients of the Music Drives Us ArtWeek Grants! Congratulations to the following organizations:
Airmen of Note Air Force Jazz Band:
Date: Monday, April 30, 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (clinic with students); 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (concert)
Venue: Franklin High School Auditorium
Address: 218 Oak Street Franklin, MA 02038
The "Airmen of Note" is the internationally-acclaimed United States Air Force Jazz Band from Washington D.C. Band members will conduct an open workshop with Franklin High School music students and present a concert following the workshop.
Circle of Songs with Hugh Hanley:
Date: Saturday, April 28, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Venue: Marion Art Center
Address: 80 Pleasant Street Marion, MA 02738
A singalong/play along concert for young children and their families. Early childhood educator and musician Hugh Hanley will lead us in a program of songs, stories, finger plays and music activities that will keep children (and grownups too!) happily engaged.
Communities of Song Concert:
Date: Sunday, May 6, 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. – discussion; 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. – concert; reception follows show)
Venue: Wesley United Methodist Church
Address: 114 Main Street Worcester, MA 01608
A 90 year-old Methodist church choir, Metro West’s Shir Joy Jewish Chorus, Wesley Children’s Choir, Barre’s Band of Voices Community Chorus, a Ghanaian church choir and a children’s church choir come together for the second annual Communities of Song Concert. Each group will sing music from its own distinct cultures and traditions and then join together with the other choirs for a grand finale which includes a new, original and audience-interactive piece premiered at this concert! Preceding the performance, join us at 3:00 p.m. for a discussion the about inspiration for this performance and more with concert organizer, director and composer Nan AK Gibbons.
Drumming Around the World
Date: Saturday, May 5, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Venue: Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School
Address: 201 Main Street Franklin, MA 02038
Through this hands-on musical experience, Drumming Around the World will focus on exploring different cultures and their musical styles through the art of drumming. Participants will learn elementary to intermediate rhythms by ear, participate in drum circles, practice improvisation skills, and learn a little of the history of hand drumming.
ELECTRIC YOUTH powered by Bully: The Adjective
Date: Thursday, May 3, 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Venue: Franklin School for the Performing Arts
Address: 38 Main Street Franklin, MA 02038
The international touring ensemble ELECTRIC YOUTH will debut, host, and facilitate a fun anti-bullying workshop for children. Partnering with Bully: The Adjective, ELECTRIC YOUTH will use music and conversation to create dialogue around positivity, inclusion and the importance of valuing relationships. Each participant will receive a certificate they can customize by adding their name and self-portrait, and a take-home kit to continue with the Friendship Challenge.
A Grand Night for Singing – with the Apollo Club
Date: Tuesday, May 1, 7:30 p.m.to 8:30 p.m.
Venue: Jamaica Pond Band Stand
Address: 507 Jamaicaway Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
This concert encourages you to sing, hum, dance, or sway in celebration of the human voice, with familiar songs from around the world, spirituals, love songs, and a even a medley from "My Fair Lady." Everyone from two to ninety-two is invited to join this concert at the Bandstand at Jamaica Pond to enjoy music – and to join in – as we celebrate the human voice and the pleasure of singing together.
Intermission Cafe Coffee House
Date: Saturday, April 28, 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Venue: Intermission Cafe
Address: 36 Main Street rear, Franklin MA 02038
Students from the Franklin School for the Performing Arts (FSPA) will present pop, rock, folk and contemporary musical theater songs in a coffee house format for the first time at Intermission Cafe. Don’t miss out on this engaging opportunity to hear from FSPA students as they guide audience members on an interactive journey in celebration of musical composers and works spanning the decades.
Woods Hole Traditional Music Stroll
Date: Sunday, May 6, 2:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Venue: Woods Hole Community Hall
Address: 68 Water Street Woods Hole, MA 02543
Celebrate spring with live music throughout Woods Hole as ArtsFalmouth presents its fifth annual Woods Hole Trad Stroll with traditional music and dance at a dozen different venues. There will be Renaissance from the distant past and around the world, lively fiddle tunes, contemporary folk music, an open jam session, and a country dance in the evening. Highlights of the day include the Solstice Singers, who will teach the audience catches or rounds from the 16th to 19th centuries, a children’s movement song, and a musical skit, as well as providing information on musical genres and history.
Young or Old, Music Lifts You, Heart and Soul
Date: Friday, May 4th, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Venue: Common Street Spiritual Center
Address: 13 Common Street Natick, MA 01760
Golden Tones chorus (goldentones.org) and the Natick High School Advanced Choir will once again join forces to create a dynamic, interactive, inter-generational vocal music event, involving everyone in the room - that means YOU. We firmly subscribe to the African proverb, "If you can walk, you can dance; if you can talk, you can sing," and we're prepared to prove it!
We are looking forward to their awesome events!
On Wednesday, April 4, Music Drives Us made a visit to Norwood High School in our hometown of Norwood, MA! Norwood Public Schools Fine Arts Department was awarded a grant to enhance the band and orchestra programs throughout the public schools.
Norwood Public Schools has an inventory of school-owned instruments that are loaned to students at no cost as part of an effort to make quality music education accessible to all. However, they wrote to us that they were in need of some instruments. Music Drives Us provided a keyboard and amplifier, a concert snare drum, a field drum, concert bells, 10 plastic trombones, 2 violas, 4 cellos, and viola bows.
During our visit, the string and wind ensembles performed a number of songs for us. We were blown away by the talent of these young musicians! Keep up the good work!