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27 November 2104 :: House of Blues has a holiday treat for budding musicians: its nonprofit foundation is handing out free instruments to students.
The campaign, known as "Give Music," is in its second year. Organizers expect this year to distribute about 350 instruments to aspiring musicians age 10 to 22.
"This program in particular is meeting the need to provide the opportunity for young musicians to practice or play music when they're not in school," said Nazanin Fatemian, program manager with the House of Blues Music Forward Foundation.
The musical instrument giveaway got its start when staffers noticed students in the foundation's school day programs didn't have enough time with instruments to practice what they learned. Organizers hope that if students practice at home with their own instruments, they will make real progress in their music and fully develop as performers.
House of Blues Music Forward Foundation is on track to help about 15,000 students in Southern California this school year through its music education programs.
Students can apply for a free instrument by visiting the foundation's website and writing a short essay for a chance to win. The deadline to apply is Dec. 5 and instruments will be delivered in January.
The public can also make a donation to support the campaign. Organizers say 100 percent of donations go directly towards purchasing instruments for students
from the HOB Music Forward Foundation website|http://bit.ly/1AWokqF :
What’s your musical wish?
This holiday season, we are partnering with friends and supporters around the country to give music to inspiring young musicians.
Here’s how it works: Do you need an instrument so you can practice, play, gig, jam, break-it-down, swing, groove or shred? Make a wish!
Tell us your wish in your own words (500 words or less). Start with: “Dear House of Blues…”
Need some ideas? Tell us why you love music. Share how this instrument would help bring music into your life. How would the instrument help you in the future?
If you are selected to receive an instrument, we’ll notify you and match your wish to the House of Blues community nearest you. Instruments will be given away at special receptions in January.
Opportunity is open to youth ages 10-22 who are currently enrolled in school. Applications must be postmarked or submitted online by November 30, 2014. Funds raised for Give Music will provide musical instruments and musical accessories only. Submitting a letter does not guarantee selection. Instruments will be delivered in January 2015.