Fort Mill, SC (Vocus/MusiqQueen.com) The Muzak Heart & Soul Foundation announced that it awarded $100,000 in grants (the ‘Music Matters™ Grants’) to more than 30 school music programs across the United States on November 4th, 2009. The Music Matters™ Grants of $1,000 – $12,000 are awarded to qualifying school music programs to support and redefine music education. The recipient music programs will use the grants for enrichment activities and tools such as new musical instruments and electronics, vocal instruction and band programs.
Music education allows children to reach their full potential by stimulating personal and educational growth. Studies show that children involved in music programs excel in their studies, especially in Science and Math. Involvement with music also contributes to social development and has been shown to benefit juvenile delinquent rehabilitation. The Music Matters™ Grants make it possible for school programs to better serve students in all aspects of their education.
‘We believe that music and music education enhances the lives of children, contributes to academic success and enriches childhood development. The Muzak Heart & Soul Foundation is dedicated to continuing the Music Matters™ Grants to better serve the future of our nation’s youth,’ says Bob Cauley, Muzak Heart & Soul President.
The Heart & Soul Foundation will have an online auction located at www.cmtauctions.com beginning on November 2, 2009 and ending on Sunday November 15, 2009. Items include an acoustic Taylor Guitar autographed by Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift. All proceeds from this auction benefit Muzak Heart & Soul Foundation. The public can also help by donating at www.Heart.Muzak.com.
Recipient schools include:
W.O. Smith Nashville Community Music School, Nashville, TN
Riverside Unified School District, Riverside, CA
Four Peaks Elementary, Apache Junction, AZ
Lompoc Valley Middle School, Lompoc Valley, CA
Vaughn Next Century Learning Center, San Fernando, CA
Truman Middle School, Albuquerque, NM
Pratt Community School, Minneapolis, MN
Prince of Peace School/Escuela Principe De Paz, Milwaukee, WI
Emerson Elementary, Madison, WI
Lafayette Primary Center, Kankakee, IL
Box Elder School District 13G, Box Elder, MT
Irrigon Elementary School, Irrigon, OR
Lent School, Portland, OR
Glenns Ferry Schools, Glenns Ferry, ID
South Hancock Elementary, Bay St. Louis, MS
Leesburg Elementary, Leesburg, FL
PBHA’s Harmony (Harvard and Radcliffe Outreach to Neighborhood Youth), Cambridge, MA
St. Anthony of Padua School, Camden, NJ
Sundog Theatre with Concord High School Performing Arts, Staten Island, NY
PS MS 278, The Paula Hedbavny School, NY, NY
Communities in Schools of New Jersey, Cherry Hill, NJ
Connelly School, Jamaica Plain, MA
Military Magnet Academy, Charleston, SC
Broad Acres Elementary, Silver Spring, MD
Chalkley Elementary, Chesterfield, VA
East Lawn Elementary, Burlington, NC
Lone Star Elementary, Spring Branch, TX
Jackson Keller Elementary, San Antonio, TX
Washington Elementary, Lamar, CO
Marcella Intermediate, Houston, TX
Elkhart Elementary, Aurora, CO
Jasper Elementary, Jasper, TN
About The Muzak Heart & Soul Foundation:
The Muzak Heart & Soul Foundation was established as a 501(c)3 non-profit public charity organization in 1998 by Muzak LLC. The Foundation’s mission is to support and redefine music education throughout the United States.
The Muzak Heart & Soul Foundation helps students turn their passion for music into real world opportunities – by providing teens with new and exciting programs focused on all aspects of the music business. To learn more visit us online at www.Heart.Muzak.com or call us at 803.396.3512. Muzak Heart & Soul Foundation can be found on Facebook under the ’causes’ app. Facebook members can also request to join the Noise! 2009 group on the social networking site. Additionally, a MySpace page dedicated to the Foundation can be found at www.myspace.com/muzakheartandsoul.
Muzak is the world’s leading music, messaging and sound systems provider. Some of the biggest brands in business work with Muzak to enhance their brand image. Headquartered near Charlotte, N.C., Muzak serves more than 350,000 client locations through 200 sales and service sites. More than 100 million people listen to Muzak every day.