Yamaha Matches Funds for Music Supplies on DonorsChoose.org

Many teachers whose students and school districts lack funds for educational supplies have turned to crowdfunding website DonorsChoose.org to outfit their classrooms. Thanks to a partnership between Yamaha Corporation of America and DonorsChoose.org, funding for music essentials such as reeds, stands, and sheet music has become even more accessible.

In a program that launched on Aug. 18, Yamaha Corporation of America agreed to match up to $125,000 in donations for music classroom supplies, resulting in a total of $250,000 generated. So far, more than $100,000 has been raised to fund more than 460 projects for new music materials.

“Having a fresh box of clarinet reeds to use on school instruments or being able to replace broken strings on a violin can make the difference [between] the student’s ability to succeed in the classroom and not playing at all,” according to a Medium post by Garth Gilman, vice president and general manager of Yamaha’s Band and Orchestral Division.

More than 100 music-related projects are still currently receiving donations and matching gifts from Yamaha on DonorsChoose.org. Visit http://4wrd.it/MusicEssentials to support a current project or to make your own project request.

About the author

Christine Ngeo Katzman

Christine Ngeo Katzman is founder and chief executive officer of Muse Media, LLC, creator of books, magazines, and additional content highlighting performing arts and youth activities. Magazine assets include Halftime Magazine for marching arts participants and fans as well as Yamaha SupportED Magazine for K through 12 music educators. Previously, she was a writer and editor at Crain Communications and Imagination Publishing and a marketing manager at Chatsworth Products, Inc. Christine also worked for Yamaha Band and Orchestral Division. As a child, Christine learned five instruments, with flute being primary. She marched in the Northwestern University Marching Band, including the 1996 Rose Bowl and 1997 Citrus Bowl. Christine graduated cum laude from Northwestern University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1997 and earned an MBA with honors from the University of Southern California in 2007.

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