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Emens Auditorium is extending a great offer on Joshua Bell tickets. $10 youth tickets (ages 18 and under), as well as a BOGO (Buy one get one free) for adult tickets in all price levels. Adults tickets are $45/$35. Patrons must use the offer code MUSIC FOR ALL when redeeming this buy one get one free offer at the Emens Box office or call (765) 285-1539 for more information.
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We are proud to announce that we have officially confirmed Papa John's Cardinal Stadium at the Univeristy of Louisville for the 2014 Bands of America Regional Championship at Louisville.
The Bands of America Regional Championship at Louisville will be on Saturday, September 20th.
Learn more about the stadium here.
We hope to see you at the Louisville Regional!
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My entire tenure with Music for All (2014 marks my 30th anniversary as MFA/BOA staff, yikes!) we have always weighed the cost of our presenting programs and the cost to the participants. While always a great value, we’ve continued to look for ways to make the Summer Symposium for band directors accessible to more. This year, after much consideration we’ve made the commitment to roll back Directors’ Academy fees so that directors now enroll for the same price as students!

Mark January 31 on your calendar: that’s the Super Saver deadline to enroll in the Summer Symposium (for directors and students). Directors – enroll by January 31 and you can attend this week-long professional development experience for as little as $102 a day – that’s tuition, meals, housing, materials and all of the evening concerts, events and socials.

How can we do this? Our new pricing model results from our organizational programming successes and growth in support from sponsors and donors. We’re passing these successes on to you by making attendance for you and your staff more accessible. Help us “pay it forward” by choosing to attend. Join us this summer and expand your knowledge base, build new relationships and collaborations, and learn and explore the latest in pedagogy, techniques and technology – all in an environment that fun and sure to recharge or reignite your passion for teaching.

The Music for All Summer Symposium Director’s and Instructor’s Tracks are recognized as some of the finest and most comprehensive professional development experiences available.

There are other ways to save, too…and even attend free! Bring 12 students from your school and earn a scholarship for one Director to attend camp for free. Bring six to 11 students and earn a scholarship for one Director to attend camp tuition free.
Deep discount for college students and teachers in their first three years of teaching: Research shows that three years is about the career life of most teachers. At Music for All we know that the most influential element in the success of students and music education in general are qualified, knowledgeable and well-prepared teachers. College students and teachers in their first three years of teaching can attend the Directors’ Academy for just $350! Includes tuition; housing and meals; concerts; and notebook of resources. That’s more than 30% off the regular price! Qualified participants can get that price by registering at any time before May 21.

That’s a lot of information and many words to basically say: “We want you to join us for the MFA Directors’ Academy and we’ve reduced prices to help you get there.”

Please join us, and if you do - be sure to come to headquarters and say hi, I'd love to hear about your camp experience!

Be sure to check our the 2013 Summer Symposium playlist on YouTube as well as learn more about the Director's Academy here!
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As some may already know, we have been in discussion with Jacksonville State University in recent weeks. We are proud to announce that we will be presenting a Bands of America Regional in Jacksonville in 2014! This is in addition to the schedule first published in December.
The Bands of America Regional Championship at Jacksonville will be on Saturday, October 11th.
The Regional will be held at Burgess-Snow Field, Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Alabama. Learn more about the stadium here.
The addition of the Jacksonvillle Regional brings us to 19 Bands of America Championships across the country in 2014. We hope to see you at one of these fine showcases of marching excellence!

bpotb discsMusic for All is proud to be a title sponsor of "Be Part of the Band: Elementary Style," a menu of high quality tools to help band directors attract as many students as possible to their program.

Student recruitment is one of the most critical, yet often overlooked, parts of a band director's job. With limited time and dwindling resources, it's getting harder to effectively and efficiently communicate to students and parents what we already know: Band Is A Life Changing Activity!

All of the videos and documents are available on the website, but you can also request a physical DVD/CD-ROM set. These resources are free, but there is a $10 charge for shipping/handling for a physical copy.

Please check out this fantastic program as we aim to get 350,000 kids started in band this year. Visit

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Giving Tuesday

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Giving Tuesday

Celebrate #GivingTuesday with Music for All!

Join others from around the world in a day of giving to kick-off the holiday season this year. Retailers have Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and we want you to help us support #GivingTuesday! #GivingTuesday was launched last year as a campaign to create a national day of giving to support charitable activities that support non-profit organizations like Music for All. Whether supporting Music for All with a donation or spreading the word about #GivingTuesday, you can make a difference for nonprofits across the world. Here's how you can make a difference:

 Support Music for All's Summer Symposium Scholarships

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This #GivingTuesday, you can provide positively life-changing experiences to high school students through the Music for All Scholarship Fund. The MFA Summer Symposium is a weeklong summer camp that provides world class music instruction, leadership training, immersive performance opportunities and nightly concerts. Students who attend the Summer Symposium become leaders in their band, school and community and aquire the skills necessary for success beyond high school. Camp scholarships provide valuable opportunties for underserved students and communities with limited access to high qality music and leadership training. By partnering with Music for All as a donor this #GivingTuesday, you are showing that you believe in music education, music in our schools and Music for All. Click here to make your donation today.

Spread the Word about #GivingTuesday

67c91a8d-7977-4b2b-90fe-83889ac564a3Even if you're unable to make a charitable gift today, you can support #GivingTuesday by spreading the word to support charitable activites all day. One unique way to support #GivingTuesday is the #unselfie. Show your support for #GivingTuesday and Music for All by uploading an #unselfie to your Facebook, Twitter or Instagram pages. Encourage your friends and followers to support #GivingTuesday as well. The holiday season is the perfect time to embrace giving, and what better way than with #GivingTuesday. You can visit for more #GivingTuesday social media resources. Don't forget to check out Music for All's social media pages all day for more #GivingTuesday information.

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Saturday, October 19, 2013

Web site issues: Oct. 19 p.m.

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We are aware and sorry to know that some of you are having issues loading or streaming the Live Webcast. There seem to be issues that are localized to specific areas of the country; while most are loading the site and streaming the webcasts successfully, we know that some are unable to. We are doing all we can to work with technical experts to help those having trouble, but it is possible that the issues cannot be fixed tonight. If you can login to and get to a video page with the "Live Chat" button, that is your fastest path to help, with support staffing that chat line. If you unable to load or login into at all, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with a description of your issue so we can get back to you with a resolution as soon as we have more information, which may be early next week.

We apologize for the problems and share your frustration!


Arts education leaders, advocates and educators from across the nation responded to an invitation from Music for All to help it identify priorities and supporting initiatives for its next strategic plan.  More than 40 persons assembled with Music for All board and staff on September 11 to hear first hand from key stakeholders and advocates in the field of scholastic music and arts education. The board of directors, executive leadership and sponsors of Music for All are now focusing on those and other new ideas recently proposed for the organization’s future, largely highlighting the need for more inclusive programming and an expansion of resources to further both reach and access of scholastic music education.


More than a dozen participants active in the arts and representing various community sizes, ethnic and economic demographics offered TED Talk-style presentations pitching new priorities, ultimately underscoring the need for program development at the elementary level and a stronger focus on underserved communities. Proposing a devotion of resources to offer grants that reduce or eliminate participation fees, speakers emphasized the importance of an encompassing “music for all” approach.

“We recently passed the halfway point of our current strategic plan and feel now is the right time to begin planning and focusing on the future and what’s next for the organization,” said Music for All President and CEO Eric Martin. “We are experiencing unprecedented growth and success in our programming and organizational development, and are well ahead of plan on delivery or current strategic objectives. Our plans and actions should be bold, focused and inspire positive action and change.”

Speakers included:

·      Scott Lang - Scott Lang Leadership

·      Randy Greenwell and Matt James – Directors of Bands, Lawrence Central High School, Indianapolis

·      Richard Floyd – State Director of Music at the University of Texas at Austin, Austin Symphonic Band conductor

·      Corey Bonds – Director of Bands at Glasgow High School in Glasgow, Ky.,

·      Bob Phillips – Director of String Publications for Alfred Music, American String Teachers Association President

·      Pam Phillips – Managing Editor, Suzuki and String Acquisition for Alfred Music

·      Dr. Scott Dorsey – Director of Education and Communication, American Choir Directors Association

·      James Seda – Director of Bands, Southwest DeKalb High School in Dekalb, Ga.

·      Richard Saucedo – former Director of Bands, Carmel High School, Carmel, Ind., and educational consultant for Music for All

·      Robert W. Smith – composer, arranger, faculty at Troy State University in Alabama

·      Susan Smith – Director of Bands, St. James School in Alabama and educational consultant for Music for All

·      Michael Kumer – BoardsMTO, Interim Executive Director at PANO, a nonprofit organizational management firm

“Our programming currently extends nationally to include direct service to 70,000 student musicians and is presented annually before audiences exceeding 300,000,” said Martin. “Yet, the needs and challenges to music education, student access and participation remain numerous and daunting. We want to learn, be inspired and called to action by our stakeholders. This is what enables us to chart a future course to advance our mission and ensure the validity of our vision.”

Download the press release

Read Music for All's current strategic plan