2017 Music In Our Schools – Music Inspires Tour to Present $30,000 in Grants to Six Winning Schools

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After more than 60,000 views of the 12 semifinalist schools’ videos for the 2017 Music In Our Schools – Music Inspires Tour, during which viewers voted daily for their favorite schools, the six schools to be part of the Tour have been chosen to receive grants for their music education programs. A kickoff celebration will take place at Walt Disney World with five-time Country Music Association (CMA) Vocal Group of the Year Little Big Town.

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Radio Disney's Nate and Before You Exit on the 2016 Music In Our Schools Tour.

Give a Note is excited to work once again with Radio Disney, Disney Performing Arts, and the CMA Foundation to celebrate and share the amazing power of music-making and learning through the Music In Our Schools Tour.

After more than 60,000 views of the 12 semifinalist schools videos for the 2017 Music In Our Schools – Music Inspires Tour, during which viewers voted daily for their favorite schools, the six schools to be part of the Tour have been chosen. Early next year, Give a Note Foundation’s fourth annual Music In Our Schools Tour will visit the following locations:

  •     Ramona High School, Riverside, CA
  •     Joliet Central High School, Joliet, IL
  •     Salina South Middle School, Salina, KS
  •     James Otis Elementary School, Boston, MA
  •     Tar River Elementary School, Franklinton, NC
  •     Wenatchee High School, Wenatchee, WA

Schools will receive a $2,500 grant from Give a Note Foundation, which will be matched by the CMA Foundation. Additionally, Radio Disney and Radio Disney Country will join in celebrating the talented students with select hosted performances.

This is Radio Disney’s fourth year collaborating with Give a Note, an affiliate of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), for the Music In Our Schools Tour. The CMA Foundation continues its ongoing work with Give a Note, recognizing the importance of music education in keeping students engaged and in school, as well as providing access to higher education through scholarships and supporting music educators. CMA Foundation grants are presented on behalf of the artists who perform each year during CMA Music Festival for free.

As such, five-time Country Music Association (CMA) Vocal Group of the Year Little Big Town will kick off the 2017 Music In Our Schools Tour at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort Performance Hall at Walt Disney World during one of the Disney Performing Arts Workshops, Disney Sings—where students record from a Disney animated feature film soundtrack, allowing them to review and critique their vocal technics. Little Big Town (Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, Philip Sweet, and Jimi Westbrook) will share their own experiences with music education and the importance of music in the lives of all students.

“Give a Note believes in the power of music to inspire and to bring everyone together,” said Beth Slusher, Give a Note President and Board Chair. “We are excited to work once again with Radio Disney, Disney Performing Arts, and the CMA Foundation to celebrate and share the amazing power of music-making and learning through the Music In Our Schools Tour. This fourth Tour will once again show the positive impact of music on students’ lives, and encourage communities to rally together to support music in all schools.”

“We couldn’t be more proud to help kick off a program that will not only reach students around the country but also recognize the amazing music educators who impact their lives every day,” said Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild, who also serves on the CMA Foundation Board of Directors. “Music clearly inspired us when we were young, and we’re honored to be advocates for young people, who each deserve access to music programs.”

“It's an honor to be part of celebrating these talented students and see the positive impact that music education has made on their lives. We value our role in Music In Our Schools and share in Give a Note's commitment to expand music education in schools,” said Phil Guerini, Vice President, Music Strategy, Disney Channels Worldwide and General Manager, Radio Disney Network.

This past fall schools submitted videos of their ensembles performing music that inspired them. Then the twelve semifinalist schools were selected and voted on by the public to be part of the 2017 Music In Our Schools Tour. Additionally, the 2017 Tour will visit the schools of two Tri-M® Music Honor Society chapters and the colleges/universities of two collegiate NAfME chapters that raised the most donations for Give a Note during the fall’s #MusicEdMatters Chapter Challenge October 1-December 31.

To learn more about Give a Note Foundation and the Music In Our Schools Tour, visit http://www.giveanote.org and follow the hashtag #MusicInspires. Be sure to follow the Tour by following @GiveANote on Snapchat, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

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Media contacts:

For Give a Note Foundation
Lindsay Sheldon
LindsayS(at)giveanote(dot)org
(703) 860-4000 ext. 230

For CMA Foundation:
Courtney Beebe
cbeebe(at)CMAworld(dot)com
615-244-2840

About the Give a Note Foundation: Since 2011, Give a Note Foundation has conducted national awareness campaigns and raised funds to support and strengthen music education programs across the U.S. The programs have reached millions of parents and students and provided more than $1 million in direct grants to schools. Learn more about Give a Note Foundation at http://www.giveanote.org. Help give the gift of music! Text “MusicEd GNF” to 20222 to donate $10! Message & Data Rates May Apply. Details: http://www.giveanote.org/giving/. You can follow Give a Note on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/giveanote, and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/giveanote.

About the CMA Foundation: CMA created the nonprofit 501(c)(3) CMA Foundation in 2011. Guided by the generosity of the Country Music community, the CMA Foundation focuses on improving and sustaining music education programs everywhere while supporting worthwhile causes important to the Country Music Association. In 2017, the CMA Foundation has earmarked a record $3.1 million to 44 in- and after-school music education programs across the country, bringing the Foundation’s total contributions to date to $17.5 million.

About Disney Performing Arts: In the past 60 years, Disney Youth Programs has brought millions of students from across the nation and around the world to participate in its popular education and performing arts programs at Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort. Through Disney Performing Arts and Disney’s Youth Education Series, Disney Youth Programs unlock student potential and help aspiring students make their dreams come true through educational workshops, professional-style performances and other unique experiences that students can’t get anywhere else except at Disney.

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