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Summerfest Foundation, Inc. Announces Music Education Grants Recipients for 2016

Twelve Area Schools and Non-profit Organizations Will Receive Grants Totalling $25,000 for Music Education

By - Jul 26th, 2016 05:00 am
Summerfest Foundation, Inc.

Summerfest Foundation, Inc.

MILWAUKEE (July 26, 2016) – Summerfest Foundation, Inc. is proud to award twelve area schools and non-profit organizations with music education grants to be used for in-school, after-school and summer education programs.  A total of $25,000 in grants will be used to enhance opportunities for students who may have no exposure to instrumental music or those who could benefit from, but may not have access to advanced instruction.

The 2016 Music Education Grant recipients are:

Albert E. Kagel Elementary School – Milwaukee Public Schools

Elm Creative Arts School – Milwaukee Public Schools

Humboldt Park School – Milwaukee Public Schools

Latino Arts String Program – The United Community Center

Lincoln Center of the Arts – Milwaukee Public Schools

Milwaukee Environmental Sciences Academy (MESA)

Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra (MYSO)

Morse Middle School for the Gifted and Talented – Milwaukee Public Schools

North Division High School – Milwaukee Public Schools

Reagan IB High School – Milwaukee Public Schools

School for Early Development & Achievement (SEDA)

Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts

In its second year of charitable giving, the goal of the Summerfest Foundation Music Education Grants program is to support music education in local schools and community organizations so that students have the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive through music. “We whole-heartedly believe that access to music education and arts programming has a positive impact on a young person’s development,” stated Don Smiley, President of Summerfest Foundation, Inc. “The twelve grant recipients share a passion for keeping our community vibrant and creative through youth-serving music education programs and we’re proud to support them.”

Anthony Soyak, Music Curriculum Specialist for Milwaukee Public Schools, offered positive feedback about the benefits of the grants.  “The Summerfest Music Education Grants program provides funding that is essential in supporting new and developing music programs,” says Soyak.  “Funding allows Milwaukee Public Schools to provide equipment and supplies for instrumental music programs that provide equity, access and high quality music education to our students.”

Summerfest Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) charitable corporation, was formed in June 2011 to support the initiatives of Milwaukee World Festival Inc., which include charitable and educational purposes, and providing a showcase for the performing arts.  Each year, Summerfest Foundation, Inc. produces various events and programs designed to raise awareness and funding, as well as other benefits for its mission and other charitable partners.  Events have included, the Summerfest Rock ’n Sole Run and Big Gig Dress Rehearsal, which both select charitable partners to share in the proceeds for each event.  Other programs include music education initiatives, such as the Summerfest Jazz Education Day, which provides a FREE day long, hands-on educational experience and music clinics, as well as the Music Education Grants program, which provides funds for music educators and music programs.

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