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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Music for All Offers Gift to Donors

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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

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?

Maestro Urbanski Returns: Watch it live online!

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 on Saturday, May 21 at 5:30pm to watch as the ISO and Maestro Urbanski perform Mendelssohn's "Italian" Symphony along with 2002 IVCI Gold Laureate Barnabas Kelemen, who joins in for Sibelius’ Violin Concerto.

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!

Friday, May 06, 2011

Partners in Success

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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.

- Deb Asbill

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.

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!

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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.