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 has played the flute since the age of 8. She marched in the Northwestern University Marching Band, including the 1996 Rose Bowl and 1997 Citrus Bowl. She graduated cum laude from Northwestern with a bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1997. Since then, she has worked in the publishing industry as a writer and editor and helped launch Play Music, a magazine for recreational musicians, sponsored by American Music Group (now Music and Arts Center). In the summer of 2006, Christine worked at Yamaha where she interacted with staff and students in various marching bands and drum corps. Christine earned her MBA with honors from the University of Southern California in May 2007.

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