The Music for All Blog
The Music for All Blog
Kristin Conrad

Thanks to all who have voted for Music for All in the Chase Community Giving program on Facebook. MFA is currently in 34th place of the 100 charities who advanced to Round 2. However, we need your help to move up the leaderboard and be eligible for a share of the donations to be awarded at the end of voting May 25. Only the top 25 charities will receive donations from Chase, and there are only 3 days left to vote. We need your help to move up the leaderboard so please vote for MFA and share and encourage others to vote, too!

As a special thank you to those who have voted, today we posted video of the four Class Champion bands from the 2010 Grand National Championships on Facebook. These videos are presented free for a limited time, through May 25, 2011. After May 25, you can still watch BOA video online by subscribing to the MFA Fan Network.

Everyone has five votes to give so be sure to consider voting for MFA, DCI, WGI, NAfME and the charities that are meaningful to you.

Learn about our Big Idea, watch our video and get tips and tools about how you can help us spread the word! Thank you for your support! We can't do this without you!

Help MFA welcome our new Director of Development and Partnerships, Misty Wick; Senior Annual Fund Coordinator, Dianne Elliott; and Development Intern, Sarah Gretencord! All bring a renewed sense of purpose to our fundraising efforts and are passionate about the mission. You will be hearing from the Development Team throughout the year, to keep you up-to-date on our programs, and to say, “Thank You” for your continued support. Please feel free to contact us—we look forward to talking with you!

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sy10violingirlMusic for All would like to extend an invitation to you to attend a concert at our Summer Symposium, as well as offer you an opportunity to visit our new camp location. The Summer Symposium is located at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana and will be held on June 20-25, 2011.

Each evening will feature a live concert or event by renowned performing groups showcasing a variety of genres. The 2011 concerts include:

  • Monday, June 20: Yamaha Young Performing Artists
  • Tuesday, June 21: The Volunteers with opening act: Orpheus, SchoolJam USA Finalist
  • Wednesday, June 22: Jon McLaughlin
  • Thursday, June 23: Uncommon Time, featuring Time for Three’s Nick Kendall and Ranaan Meyer, and friends
  • Friday, June 24: Drum Corps International featuring: Blue Stars, Carolina Crown, The Cavaliers, Glassmen, Madison Scouts, Pioneer, Teal Sound and Troopers

To purchase a ticket to a concert (Monday-Thursday concerts), visit: or or order by phone: 800.745.3000. If you are interested in attending the DCI Show on Friday, tickets are available at

Imagine_the_Possibilities_by_Kristen_Pileri2Music for All has so many talented and inspirational student participants. One of those students, Kristen Pileri, is not only a musician, but also an artist. Pileri’s piece, “Imagine the Possibilities,” was a way for her to showcase her music experiences. We would like to share this positively life-changing experience with each of you! If you donate $100 to the Music for All Positively Life-Changing Annual Fund Campaign, then we will send you a print as a memento of our appreciation. Thank you for impacting the lives of those we serve through Music for All programs.

Help Music for All inspire and activate the next generation of arts education advocates and save music and arts education through music for all. Thank you to all of you who voted for MFA in Round 1. We were in the top 20 and received a much-needed grant of $25,000, which will support our mission! We need your help again—there are two days left to vote and this time only the top 25 in Round Two will share in $2,500,000 in donations from Chase. Check out how to vote, and help us spread the word by visiting:

Chase Community Giving

You may have already seen online that Music for All is participating in the Chase Community Giving program on Facebook. Your vote can help Music for All receive funds from the Chase Community Giving Program to help support our programs for students and teachers. We need your vote by May 4 to move on to Round 2 and be eligible for a $25,000 donation. Help us reach 2,000 votes!

To vote:

1. Visit Chase Community Giving and "like" the page.
2. Search "Music for All"
3. Cast your vote!

Thank you for helping us spread the word about this exciting opportunity!

Friday, April 29, 2011

Calling All MFA Alumni!

Are you an alumnus of Music for All's positively life-changing programs, including Bands of America, Orchestra America or the Summer Symposium? As an alumnus, you know firsthand the lasting impact of Music for All programs on your life, and we want to hear from you!

Do you remember the adrenaline rush you experienced before a performance? Do you remember what it was like when you knew, collectively, that you nailed a performance? Do you remember the friendships you made while participating in these world-class programs?

We want to reconnect with each of our 1.25 million alumni and find out how Music for All was positively life-changing! Share your story with us by sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or a written note to our headquarters:

Music for All
Development Department
39 W. Jackson Pl., Suite 150
Indianapolis, IN 46225-1010

We also hope you consider giving back or "paying it forward" to help others receive the same opportunities you had when you participated in our programs. You can make an impact in the lives of our current participants by supporting the Positively Life-Changing Annual Fund Campaign.

Music for All's efforts to create, provide and expand positively life-changing experiences through music for all include awarding a number of scholarships each year to students who are financially unable to attend MFA programs without financial assistance.

These scholarships assist with financial support for MFA programs like Summer Symposium, which is located at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. Music for All has two scholarship opportunities for students:

Honoring the life and work of L.J. Hancock, the L.J. Hancock Scholarship benefits individual students with financial need who are interested in attending the Summer Symposium. Applications are due by May 6, 2011. To apply, visit this page of our website.

The Indianapolis Public Schools Summer Symposium Scholarships allow IPS students the opportunity to attend Symposium through full scholarships. The staff and faculty of IPS Instrumental Music Programs choose the recipients for this scholarship award.

If you would like to make a positively life-changing impact on a student in need by supporting one of our scholarship funds for Summer Symposium, you can donate online, or call the Music for All Development Department for more information at 800-848-2263.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Everyone Can Make a Difference

How many of you are watching Secret Millionaire, a new show on ABC? For those of you who haven’t seen the show, the very basic premise is that self-made millionaires embark on a weeklong journey where they spend time volunteering in some of the poorest areas of the country. At the end of their journey, the millionaires make an impact by presenting a donation to the organizations where they've volunteered.

What really piques my interest about the show is the hope that is emanating from so many of these organizations, even though they are faced with uncertainty. I think they have hope because they are living their mission and changing the lives of those they serve.

I am personally impressed by the willingness of the millionaires to diverge from their every-day lives and live a life of poverty for one week, all while giving of their time and, eventually, their treasure to deserving organizations.

Even though I’m not a millionaire, I know that I can do some of the same things the “Secret Millionaires” are doing but on a smaller scale. I wonder what would happen if each of us considered making just one sacrifice? For example, you could take your lunch to work every day for a week or bypass your morning latte for one week, in order to donate those extra funds to Music for All.

Each and every one of you can help to support Music for All’s mission to create, provide and expand positively life-changing experiences through music for all. Best of all, you don’t have to be a “Secret Millionaire” to make a difference!

I look forward to hearing from you about how you plan to be positively life-changing. What a powerful statement we could make to change the future of music and arts education if we all had a passion for our mission mixed in with hope and a little bit of sacrifice. Let’s see if the idea of the “Secret Millionaire” can spread to all of us!


Misty D. Wick, Director of Development and Partnerships

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

2011 Music for All National Festival

The 2011 Music for All National Festival was an amazing showcase of the finest youth musicians from across the nation who gathered in Indianapolis on March 16-19. The excitement and musicianship that 1,950 participants possessed was exhilarating. The passion felt for active music making was at an all time high in the city, with activities taking place at three premier venues and more than 30 hours of concerts showcasing students. 

“I think it was just a superb activity to showcase some of America’s finest young musicians, “ said John Carroll, director, Permian High School Percussion Ensemble. “I applaud MFA for the opportunity of a lifetime for these students.” 

The Music for All mission to create, provide and expand positively life-changing experiences through music for all was truly at work in these youth. Student participants performed challenging music in premier venues, developed leadership skills, made new friends and learned from some of the top music educators in the nation.

“It was without a doubt the best week and best experience of my life,” said Ryan Flint, participant. “I met people who will surely be lifelong friends, played in a fantastic band and grew a huge amount as a musician.”

The students who participate in the Music for All Festival grow so much as musicians while they are immersed in a weekend of active music making. However, for all of our students, directors and parents, there is so much sacrificed for their children to participate in world-class activities such as the Music for All National Festival. These directors and families make these sacrifices in order for their students to experience top quality performance opportunities with other students from around the nation who share the same love and passion for music. These sacrifices are priceless though when you hear the first and final notes of world-class concert performance by extremely talented youth musicians, or you see a student play a duet with Allen Vizzutti during a soulful jazz concert, or your student takes a master class from a world-renowned percussionist. These experiences are made possible because Music for All knows the value music has in all of our lives. Music for All really is music for a lifetime.