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D’Addario Foundation Awards over $565,000 to Non-Profit Music Education Partners

Christian Wissmuller • Upfront • August 6, 2019

Jazz Empowers, New Orleans

Making music education accessible is the core mission of the D’Addario Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit that provides support to hundreds of highly effective, socially impactful non-profit partners in areas of need who, through music, are changing the trajectory of children’s lives. For over 35 years, the Foundation has committed millions of dollars to these immersive & innovative programs; this year is no different.

In 2019, over $565,000 in financial grants and D’Addario & Co. product donations have been awarded to 232 non-profit programs that are greatly improving outcomes of marginalized & impoverished children through an immersive education in music. These grantees spread out over 39 states, 141 cities, and deliver on-average 9 hours of instrument instruction per child each week for 31 weeks out of the year.

“Thanks to the D’Addario Foundation grant, we were able to bring in extra instructors to conduct 23 sessions of group lessons to help with our students as they practiced for their end-of-year performances,” remarks Andrew Johnston, Founder/Executive Director of Jazz Empowers, a first-time grantee of the D’Addario Foundation. “Also, we were able to use all of the reeds that were donated in our programs across the country. Thank you for your support this year, it made a significant impact on our programs.”

The D’Addario Foundation conducts two grant cycles per year where organizations may apply for support after first submitting an initial letter of inquiry. Prospective non-profits must clearly illustrate critical elements for success including intensity & need, leadership strength, sustainability, and community commitment.

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