Hungry For Music In The Running For $250k Charity Grant - Broad Help Needed - Cities Impacted: Austin, Nola, Memphis, Los Angeles, Seattle, New York, Boston, Chicago

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Ten U.S. cities are set to receive an average of 1,000 free musical instruments each for underprivileged children, through the Get Instrumental! program from DC-area charity Hungry For Music (HFM). The key is receipt of a $250,000 grant from the Pepsi Refresh Everything Project, and the award is determined strictly by popular vote.

Hungry for Music's Get Instrumental! Project for Pepsi Refresh Everything Grant

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Ten U.S. cities are set to receive an average of 1,000 free musical instruments each for underprivileged children, through the Get Instrumental! program from DC-area charity Hungry For Music (HFM). The key is receipt of a $250,000 grant from the Pepsi Refresh Project, and the award is determined strictly by popular vote.

"We've always relied on a community of friends and supporters," says HFM's Executive Director Jeff Campbell. "Now they have a chance to help us more than ever before, by voting for Get Instrumental! at RefreshEverything.com."

Key cities, chosen for the presence of a vibrant music scene, an underprivileged population, and willing volunteers, include Austin, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Memphis, New Orleans, Seattle and Washington DC.

"We're thrilled to be in the top 10 ideas so far," says Campbell. "But we need to do even better." With enough votes to reach the top 2, HFM will win the grant. The public can help by signing up free and voting for Get Instrumental! every day throughout February.

Details on Get Instrumental! and the Pepsi Refresh Project are at http://www.hungryformusic.org/vote.html

HFM is a 401(c)(3) non-profit with a 15-year history of getting musical instruments into the hands of kids with a hunger to play. Its mission is to inspire underprivileged children (and others) by bringing positive musical and creative experiences into their lives. HFM's grass-roots, volunteer-driven efforts have collected, repaired and distributed over 3,000 instruments to date.

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Jeff Campbell
202 674-3000

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