Music for All is collecting the best of the stories we read about the power and impact of music and arts education. Please use and share this resource in your own efforts to support music and arts education in your local schools.
We'd like to take a moment to extend our heartfelt thanks to all our friends who voted for Music for All in the Chase Community Giving program. We made a good showing and ended Round two with 3,075 votes total and in 38th place overall, which put us just a bit short of the top 25 and additional funding from Round two.
However, we're absolutely thrilled to have gained funding from Round one. Thanks for all your help! You helped us receive $25,000 from Round one, and we could not have done this without you!
Congratulations to our partner Drum Corps International, who finished in 10th place in Round two! Partners WGI (33rd place) and NAfME (37th place) also finished strong as well.
Thank you again for helping us get out the vote and for supporting music education and the arts.
Just a little under fours hours remain in the Chase Community Giving program on Facebook. Thank you to all who have voted and to all who have passed this along to friends, family and colleagues. We need to be in 25th place to receive funding from Chase in Round Two, and right now, we're in 39th place. But, we haven't given up!
Anything you can do to help us get out the vote in the final couple of hours would be so appreciated! If you're willing, perhaps download one of our banner/badge images to share, and show others that you've voted. You can download these images for your own profile page here.
We'd also sincerely appreciate it if you consider posting a call to vote as your facebook status for the remaining hours of the Chase program. Or, would you mind tweeting or emailing some information to your friends? Here is some suggested text, if you're willing and able to do this:
I'm voting now for Music for All/Bands of America in the Chase Community Giving program. I hope you'll vote, tonight, and help MFA win up to $500,000 to continue their music education and advocacy programs.
Help MFA/BOA inspire & activate the next generation of arts education advocates and save music & arts education. Vote tonight: http://bit.ly/mruF6M
Music for All's (MFA) mission is to create, provide and expand positively life-changing experiences through music for all. Please help us fulfill our mission! Out of hundreds of thousands of charities, MFA/Bands of America made the top 20 of Round 1 of the Chase Community Giving program on Facebook, thanks to those who voted. Now, the 25 eligible Charities receiving the most votes in Round 2 May 19 to May 25 will share in $2,500,000 in donations from Chase. Voting ends at 11:59:59 EST tonight! Vote now!
Thank you for your support. It is truly amazing to see how many people support music and the arts. We cannot thank you enough for your efforts.
Your Music for All staff
We feel so lucky to have fans like you, and thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your support in the Chase Community Giving program. We hesitate to ask more of you, but we truly need votes from all our Facebook fans in order to move in to the top 25 and be eligible for funding in Round 2. Please consider casting your vote today if you haven't already. You can vote here. If you haven't seen it yet, here's our video for Round 2.
Also, we've been busy posting videos on the BOA facebook page, as a thank you for your support. Check out the videos here, and we hope you enjoy!
Dear Friends and Colleagues:
It is not often that I reach out and ask for real help, but today I am. Music for All (Bands of America), is a finalist in the Chase Community Giving program on Facebook, wherein Chase gives real money to non-profit organizations like Music for All that receive the most votes cast via Facebook. We have already received $25K in round one, which will help us support our mission. As a top 100 finisher, we are competing for votes in round two for a top award of $500K. If we finish in the top 25, we will receive at least an additional $20K.
My request, on behalf of Music for All and me personally, is that you invite and allow your students just 10 minutes in class/rehearsal to take out their cell phones and login to Facebook to cast a vote in favor of Music for All in the Chase Community Giving program. I'm calling this 10 minutes of time - "A Facebook Moment in Support of Music for All." Our collective 10 minutes could bring at least $20k to Music for All in support of music education. Our goal is to generate 10,000 votes from the 70,000 annual participants and 200,000 parents and fans that attend Music for All and Bands of America events each year. Please help us, if you can.
I am hopeful that you tell your students today (and encourage them to ask their parents and friends to vote as well) and take action (A Facebook Moment in Support of Music for All) tomorrow (Tuesday). Voting ends at 11:59:59pm EST on Wednesday, May 25th. Thank you for sharing "A Facebook Moment in Support of Music for All" with your students, boosters, etc.
To vote, all you have to do is log in to Facebook, "like" the Chase Community Giving page, and search and VOTE for Music for All. THIS IS TIME SENSITIVE AS VOTING ENDS ON MAY 25TH! SO, PLEASE DON'T DELAY!
Thank you for your consideration, time and support.
Eric L. Martin
President & CEO
P.S. Chase had finalists submit a "Big Idea" for use in determining who receives the top award. Check out ours, which involves convening a national summit of teachers, students and parents to create and implement local music and arts advocacy projects.
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!
Thanks to all who voted today for Music for All in the Chase Community Giving campaign on Facebook. Voting opened today and MFA is currently in 28th place of the 100 charities who advanced to Round 2.
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. Please vote for MFA and share and encourage your friends to vote, too!
Congratulations to our partners Drum Corps International and Winter Guard International on strong showings this first day of voting! 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!
It's 12:01 a.m. Eastern time on May 19 and voting for Round 2 in the Chase Community Giving program on Facebook is now open, and runs through May 25.
This is a rare opportunity for fans of Music for All, Bands of America and Orchestra America to play a simple yet important part in helping MFA receive a significant donation: $500,000 to the charity who receives the most votes.
Please vote and help us spread the word!
You can vote and learn more about MFA and our Big Idea to inspire and activate music education advocates on our Chase Giving profile page.
We've also put together some resources and ideas you can use to help us spread the word. We need your help to share this opportunity with your friends, family and colleagues.
I just voted...have you?
Music for All enjoys a wonderful partnership with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra in our organizational hometown.
This weekend conductor Krzysztof Urbanski makes his first Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra appearance since being named Music Director of the ISO in fall of 2010. Join us for Urbanski’s Return as the ISO live streams this performance to a worldwide audience! Visit IndianapolisSymphony.org/
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 extended the deadline for the L.J. Hancock Scholarship to May 20, 2011. This scholarship honors the life and work of L.J. Hancock, by benefiting students with financial need who are interested in attending the Summer Symposium. To apply, visit this page of our website.
Claire Sibley, an alumna of the MFA Honor Band of America, will be featured tonight, Thursday, May 12, on "Wheel of Fortune." From Fort Mill, SC and a Nation Ford High School graduate, Claire will be a contestant on "Wheel's" College Week.
Claire, 18, played French horn in the Honor Band of America. She is now a freshman at the University of Alabama who plays in the “Million Dollar Band," and is also a member of the Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps.
We're rooting for you, Claire!
Thank you to all who voted for Music for All and our partner arts organizations in the Chase Community Giving Program on Facebook. Round 1 voting ended May 4, and I’m happy to announce that Music for All finished in the top 20, with the top 100 each to receive a $25,000 grant.
The top 100 will move on to Round 2, with voting starting May 19, through May 25. Each organization in the top 100 now has the opportunity to submit their Big Idea in 1,000 characters or less, describing how the Charity would spend $500,000 if it won, and will also have the option to submit a 30 second video and photos. The 25 eligible Charities receiving the most votes will be considered the winners of Round 2 and will share in $2,500,000 in donations from Chase.
I borrowed the title of this post, “Partners in Success,” from Drum Corps International’s news release about the Round 1 outcome and the strong showing by DCI, several of its member corps and our fellow partner organizations WGI and NAfME. As it says in the release, “Extensive cross-promotion by Drum Corps International and these organizations focused on music education advocacy helped all of the partnered groups climb the leader board throughout the campaign.”
Everyone who voted in Round 1 was a partner in our success. You’ll have five votes in Round 2, and we hope you’ll again cast your vote for Music for All and our partner organizations so that we can continue the important work of providing music education experiences. Get ready to get out the vote!
DCI’s story has a lot of great details about the Chase program and the musical arts organizations that all placed in the top 20. Read more.
The application and audition packets for the 2012 Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha, next March in Indianapolis, are now available for download.
June 10, 2011 is the application and audition deadline for ensembles: high school and middle school concert bands, orchestras and percussion ensembles.
June 29 is the "early bird" application deadline for the Honor Band of America, Honor Orchestra of America and Jazz Band of America. High school students that can't make the first deadline have until September 15 to apply and October 3 to submit the audition recording.
The Marriott Place Indianapolis, featuring the spectacular, new JW Marriott and four other hotels, will be the official hotel of the festival.
Download the application packet for full details on the festival, the audition requirements and to learn more about what sets the non-competitive Music for All National Festival apart from any other national performance experience.