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Friday, November 02, 2012

Shaun Canon at Grand National Finals!

Shaun Canon to perform at the finals of Music for All’s Bands of America Grand National Championships

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Music for All is pleased to welcome international singer-songwriter Shaun Canon to the 2012 Bands of America Grand National Championships, presented by Yamaha, taking place November 7-10, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana.

 Shaun will perform live as part of the championships’ Grand Finale on Saturday evening, November 10. Surrounded by the 2,000 student members of the Grand National Finalist bands on the field, Shaun plans to perform his hit song, “Live for Music,” which gained international attention earlier this year. Shaun’s “Live for Music” videos (featuring marching arts performances, including of bands performing in Bands of America Championships,) have been viewed more than 700,000 times on YouTube.

 Formerly known as Shaun Barrowes (a top contestant on American Idol Season 7) has built an impressive resume since leaving the popular show. With a potent combination of tenacious work ethic built upon a familiar and comfortable pop/rock sound, Shaun has deftly navigated the often-tumultuous dynamics of a competitive music industry with a mixture of innate artistic talent, entrepreneurial sensibilities and good old-fashioned grit.

 Shaun’s “Live For Music 50/50 tour” has traveled to over 50 locations and supports “Save the Music Programs” in the school systems and has received great reviews from students as well as teacher and parents.  Shaun has been positioned as the spoke person to lead the charge to save and bring attention to the decline of funding for music and art programs in schools. This is a cause that he is very passionate about and he supports with his strongest tool, his voice and his lyrics.

 “We are thrilled that Mr. Canon will be joining us at Grand Nationals,” said Eric L. Martin, President and CEO of Music for All. “His commitment to music education makes his performance during the Finale a meaningful celebration for every student, director, parent and supporter of music who steps into Lucas Oil Stadium during the four day showcase of marching excellence.”

 After what seems like a lifetime of paying dues at the indie level, Shaun has finally come into this own as a major player and is now set to break out nationally with his third  tour ,  the “We Are Music tour”, scheduled for early January 2013.

Shaun's Website:

Find Shaun on Facebook

Follow Shaun on Twitter: @ShaunCanonMusic

Watch the "Live for Music" Video!
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Each year, the International Festivals and Events Association (IFEA) recognizes outstanding accomplishments and top quality creative, promotional, operations and community outreach programs and materials produced by festivals and events around the world, with the Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards Competition.

President and CEO, Eric Martin was at IFEA's 57th Annual Convention and Expo in Denver, CO where Music for All was awarded eight Pinnacle awards! We couldn't be more excited and appreciative!

Here is Mr. Martin receiving one of the Gold awards.

Eric Martin Receiving IFEA Award
Photo Credit: IFEA

We won several awards spanning different categories, including items and projects that involved many MFA staff and those in collaboration with partners including Mr. Video Productions, PepWear, Delivra, DCI and Hansen Multimedia.


Music for All IFEA Awards

Music for All is proud to be a member of the International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA). For more information about IFEA and the Pinnacle Awards Competition you can check out their website or Facebook page.

Download an official press release here.
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Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Trivia Tuesdays


Trivia Tuesday!

To celebrate the rest of the 2012 BOA season we want to try something fun with all of our fans on Facebook, so every Tuesday until Grand Nationals week we are going to have BOA Trivia for prizes!

It's a simple game, but just to keep everyone on the same page, here are the guidelines for how this will work each week.

  • There will be a trivia question every Tuesday until the week of Grand Nationals.
  • It may not be at the same time every Tuesday.
  • A few hours before we post the trivia question we will post a reminder about the game, and an approximate time that the question will be posted on Facebook.
  • We will ask ONE trivia question each Tuesday, the first correct response will receive the prize for that day.
  • You may win only ONE TIME during Trivia Tuesdays for the 2012 Fall season
  • Final decisions/ disputes about the accuracy of a "correct response" will be determined by Music for All officials

If you have any great BOA trivia that you want to share, we would love to hear it! You can send those to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and you just might see your question used this season!

We hope that you enjoy Trivia Tuesdays and good luck!

Don't forget to Like us on Facebook to be able to see the Trivia questions.
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Heartland Truly Moving Pictures
will hold the 21st Annual Heartland Film Festival on October 19-27 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
The festival showcases inspiring independent films from all over the world and will hold screenings this year at AMC Showplace Traders Point 12 and AMC Castleton Square 14.

The Heartland Film Festival is a fellow nonprofit arts organization. Their mission is to inspire filmmakers and audiences through the transformative power of film. We are excited to participate in the 2012 Heartland Film Festival $2BACK Program, which gives us $2 back for every ticket purchased online! Use the promo code Music4All. This is an amazing opportunity to support both Heartland Truly Moving Pictures and Music for All!

To top it off one of the films that is showcased during this festival is "Stronger," a story of an extraordinarily talented violinist deals with the problem of bullying at school, featuring our friends Time for Three! For any of our students who were at Summer Symposium this past year, the "Stronger" is what played at the beginning of the evening Time for Three concert! Any students who were a part of the Orchestra track at Symposium would also have fond memories of performing with Time for Three! You can see clips of that here and relieve the memories!

We definitly want to get as many people out to see and support Time for Three's film, it has such a powerful message! You can find more information about the film and show times here:

Also, check out Time for Three on Facebook and Twitter if you get a chance!

So if you are looking for something fun to do in Indianapolis and want to get out and support the arts, we definitely recommend you check out Stronger, or any of the other films this festival has to offer!

And if you decide to purchase a ticket, why not use our promo code and help support Music for All's "I believe" campaign.

Just use the promo code: Music4All when purchasing your tickets online!

For more information about the Heartland Film Festival, check out their website . or

Facebook: Heartland Truly Moving Pictures on Facebook

Twitter: @heartlandtmp

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Thursday, September 13, 2012

I Believe- A Day at the Penrod Art Fair


Music for All staff were lucky enough to get the chance to exhibit at the Penrod Art Fair in Indianapolis this past weekend.

Penrod is an art fair who’s mission focuses on the cultivation, encouragement and development of public interest in and support of those arts, cultural and educational institutions located in and around Marion County, Indiana, its surrounding counties and the Central Indiana area in general.

We at Music for All love to see our community engaging and supporting public interest in the arts, so naturally this was a perfect fit for us! We joined over three hundred artists, six stages of entertainment and more than 50 arts-related non-profit organizations for what’s known as “Indiana’s Nicest Day.”

And what a gorgeous day it was!

Not only was the weather pretty much perfect, but everyone who stopped by to talk to us during the fair was incredible and had wonderful stories to share about their love of music.

For this particular exhibit our Development department wanted to do something extra special. They decided to create a fun and engaging activity that goes along with our “I Believe” campaign (if you are not familiar with the campaign, you should check it out here).

They created a tri-fold poster board with the heading “Tell us why you believe” and three panels that said: in music, in music in our schools, in Music for All.

The responses to the prompt were incredible. As someone who walked up to the booth toward the end of the day, I can tell you that the board had an incredible impact filled with the post-it note responses!

Here are some of the things that people wrote on the post-its.

In music in our schools:
  • Because music helps us learn to express ourselves
  • Because it installs creativity in students
  • Because it improves test scores!
  • Music in our schools is a safe haven for students to express themselves. It's crucial that all students have access to ALL music
  • Music makes kids smarter
  • It teaches students to work together toward a common goal
In music:
  • Music makes you smarter
  • Music moves you mind, body & soul
  • Music is always there for you
  • Music speaks across the universe
  • Because it is the window to the soul
  • Music takes you away (amen added by another!)
  • Expression and inspiration
  • It's my livelihood
  • Kids need exposure and education beyond the core subjects
  • It transformed my life
  • Because it heals the soul
  • It changes lives
  • It is essentially inexplicable
  • When words fail, music speaks
  • Music goes beyond facts and logic to the sublime!
  • So much expression- so much hope!
  • Music connects to everyone
  • Because music is my life
In Music for All
  • Every kid should be able to have good things about them and that means trying new things.
  • To find it!
  • Because music opens door of your soul to soar
  • Because helps the soul
  • Sounds are good
  • Because music is truly the universal language
  • Because music is for everyone
  • Music is reflection of the soul
  • Because it changes lives
  • Music is an art that you listen to and connect to
  • Music education develops the WHOLE person
  • Because music gives people a place to belong


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Penrod was on Saturday and I can tell you that I haven’t stopped thinking about these responses. I find it reassuring that there are so many people out there (and in my community!) that feel the same way about music as I do. I know that there are people across the country that feel this way as well.

Reading all of the responses encouraged me to come up with my own responses for why “I believe.”

So why do I believe?

  • I believe in music because music enriches my life and the lives of others.
  • I believe in music education because EVERY child deserves to be touched by music.
  • And I believe in Music for All because I believe in the power of music and the power of the positively life-changing experiences that Music for All brings to students across our country.

So today as you take a break from work, from school, from rehearsal, your busy life in general, read through the repsonses again on why people at the Penrod Art Fair in Indianapolis, Indiana believe.

And then? Tell me why you believe.



Erin Fortune
Marketing Coordinator
Music for All

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Thursday, January 19, 2012

SupportMusic Coalition Webcast

Join Music for All's own President and CEO Eric Martin tomorrow, Friday, January 20, 2012 for SupportMusic Coalition's Webcast and Teleconference! Here are the details:

SupportMusic student with trumpetSupportMusic Coalition Webcast and Teleconference 'Live' from The NAMM Show, Anaheim Hilton, Level 2, California Pavilion 

2 PM Pacific Standard Time
3 PM Mountain Standard Time
4 PM Central Standard Time
5 PM Eastern Standard Time

Please call in five minutes prior to start time as the webcast will begin promptly at 2:00 PM. This will be a listen in call only! Therefore, all calls will be automatically muted. You will be acknowledged in the minutes of the call if you send an e-mail regarding your participation to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

To Access Webcast:

Call-In Instructions:
1. United States: 1 866 740 1260 code: 2000600#
2. All International Callers dial +1 303 248 0285 code: 2000600#
Click here for international time and date 


2:00 PM: Welcome & Introduction - Mary Luehrsen, Director, Public Affairs and Government Relations, NAMM, Executive Director, NAMM Foundation 

Launch of Best Communities for Music EducationEric Martin, President and CEO, Music for All, Inc.

SupportMusic Coalition Updates

-  Welcome New Affiliates

-  Announcements

2:10 PM: Panel Discussion Theme: "I Feel Good: Celebrities Advocate for Music Education," featuring guest speakers:

Deanna Brown Thomas, The Brown Family Children Foundation President:

Bernie Williams, Author, Musician, Former Major League Baseball Outfielder:

Bootsy Collins, American Funk Bassist, Singer, and Songwriter:

Phil Collen, Co-lead Guitarist & Backing Vocalist for English Rock Band Def Leppard:

2:40 PM: SBO Award Presentation: The Don Johnson Music Industry Service Award -  Presented to Keith Mardak, Chairman and CEO, Hal Leonard by Sidney Davis, Group Publisher, Symphony Publishing

2:45 PM: ISME Award Presentation: The ISME Global Sonar Award - Presented to NAMM and Joe Lamond by Graham Welch, President, International Society for Music Education and Stanley Jordan, Guitarist, Composer and Clinician 

2:59 PM: Closing Remarks

3:00 PM: Teleconference/Webcast ends

3:01-4 PM: Reception

Join the SupportMusic Coalition!

The SupportMusic Coalition is building a proactive and unified approach to federal, state and local level advocacy for music education as a core academic subject in schools. The coalition is united in its support of a complete education that includes music and arts instruction for all children. Read the Executive Summary for more information, or to join the coalition now fill out the response form and return to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Hear NAMM members and industry leaders Rick Young and Steve West share why they participate - and why you should too!

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Orpheus and The Volunteers

Day_4_76Hi, everyone! I'm Erin, the Participant Relations Coordinator at Music for All. With my position I don't normally get the chance to blog, but the Marketing department has graciously let me guest blog today about my experience at Tuesday's evening concert.

First of all, this is my first year at Music for All's Summer Symposium. I started with the organization last August so while I've been with MFA for a little while, I'm still a newbie at camp! Part of my job is building relationships with future participants, and telling them about our programs. I can tell anyone why they should attend our camps and about the people who will be there instructing them. But, while reading through literature and watching videos on the website can tell you a little bit about camp and what it's all about, it's not the same as seeing it happen. As corny as I know it sounds, the energy on campus is incredible and inspiring. I know that for myself, being here at camp and seeing it first hand has helped me understand why people LOVE Summer Symposium.

I love walking into Emens Auditorium after a long day at camp and seeing all of the students doing the wave and various cheers. No matter what time you woke up in the morning, or how long your day has been, you can't help but smile when you see, hear and feel the energy in the room and know how much fun the students are having. Most of the students have been up since early morning, playing all day, marching, learning tosses, etc., yet they are still full of energy and waiting for the evening concert entertainment to begin.

Tuesday night definitely did not disappoint.

Orpheus, the first band of the night, is a SchoolJam USA finalist. SchoolJam USA is a battle of the bands contest for 13-19 year olds sponsored by NAMM. You can find more information about this program here.

As Orpheus played some covers and a few originals, the students danced and sang along through the whole set. Swags, nurses and staff couldn't resist dancing along as well!

My favorite part of the opening act was when one of the members of Orpheus told the crowd how he was a camper himself just two years ago, sitting in an evening concert.

"I looked over to my friend Mariah and said wouldn't it be awesome if one day, I could be up there on that stage?" he said. He told the audience he didn't really believe it would happen, but here he is - so don't ever think that you can't do something.

What would you do if you couldn't fail? Believe in yourself. Everyone hears these things all the time - I know I do. But, proof of statements just like these was up on that stage last night. These students just graduated high school a couple of weeks ago, and now they are on stage, with a crowd of over 700 rocking out to their music. At one point during the performance, I leaned over to a fellow staff member, commenting on how cool it was that we had Orpheus here since they are the same age or just slightly older than the majority of our campers. They are completely relatable. I truly hope that at least a few students looked up at the stage last night and thought to themselves, "yeah, I could do that."

Orpheus was great; everyone was pumped up, including me. I wasn't sure what to expect from the next performance, and then The Volunteers, who are part of the U.S. Army Field Band, came out.

The Volunteers had an incredible amount of energy and were fantastic players. They did a combination of newer, popular songs like Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream," and some older favorites like "Barracuda."

I didn't think it was possible for the students to get more pumped up than they already were, but The Volunteers definitely caused that to happen!

After The Volunteers finished their last song, they walked off stage to the sound of students chanting "USA, USA, USA." It was pretty incredible to hear that. The Volunteers came back out for an encore and sang "Don't Stop Believin'," by Journey and "I Want You Back" by The Jackson 5.

After the encores, students continued the "USA, USA, USA" chant that progressed to a standing ovation.

The Volunteers expressed to the students how awesome it was that they were here at camp. They said to work hard, and don't stop playing music.

I definitely left Emens feeling much more energized than when I went in. It was great seeing the students have so much fun at the evening concert, even after a very long day in their sessions.

There is definitely a lot more in store for the upcoming evening concerts this week, and I personally can't wait!

Participant Relations Coordinator

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Each month the SupportMusic coalition holds a teleconference to share current advocacy actions and ideas from communities and schools nationally and abroad. If you missed this month's SupportMusic teleconference with featured guest Carol Channing and Harry Kullijian, you can listen to the call in it's entirety. You can also search archives to listen to audio or read transcripts.
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