Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Ideas for End-of-Year Giving

A lot of people look for organizations to donate to during the holidays and at the end of the year. We'd like to offer up a couple of ideas for you, worthy organizations dedicated to music and musicians. You can donate directly to the organizations but you also have the option of donating through this website (before December 31st) and take advantage of valuable matching opportunities.

Founded: 2009

Maestro William Henry Curry of the Durham Symphony Orchestra & the NC Symphony Orchestra
patiently poses with some of the kids prior to their joint performance.

What they do:
Kidznotes provides 8-10 hours each week of free orchestral music training and instruments to students from the lowest income neighborhoods in Raleigh and Durham. They use music to change the life trajectory of the children and their families. Students are empowered as leaders and advance through a system of orchestras, bands, and choirs while strengthening the community. Through an immersive music education program, Kidznotes fosters each child's intellectual, social, and emotional development In building a new pipeline of musical training, Kidznotes' student body reflects the diversity of the communities that they serve - a diversity that continues to be absent in the landscape of many classical music programs.

"At every turn, and with every note played on her violin, I have watched Kiarra transform. Kidznotes is having a significant impact on her reading and math skills, as well as building her confidence and character." - a Kidznotes parent

Kidznotes is in the middle of a $24,000 challenge grant with The Stewards Fund. They will match every new or increased gift made before December 31st.

For more on Kidznotes, see Bev's blog post here.

Founded: 1994

Graymatter was excited to share the stage with Big Ron Hunter, a MMR participant. A great guy and a super fun evening.

What they do:
The Music Maker Relief Foundation, was founded to preserve American musical traditions by directly supporting the musicians who make it, ensuring their voices will not be silenced by poverty and time. Music Maker gives future generations access to their heritage through documentation and performance programs that build knowledge and appreciation of our music and culture.

"Music Makers! I know they've done a lot for me and they have done a lot for other musicians I now. I really appreciate the way they help people that would otherwise have no help."
- Guitar Lightnin' Lee

The Bullpen will match all donations for Music Maker through the Give Guide (website link above) by donating $1 from each pint sold up to $10,000.

Anyone donating $35 or more will be entered into a drawing to win a dinner for two at The Durham Hotel.

For more info on the Music Maker Relief Organization, see Graymatter's post here.