Bob Morrison To Leave Music For All

Music For All Press Release

Indianapolis – January 14, 2009 – Music for All Inc., one of the largest and most influential national music education organizations in support of active music-making, today announced that Robert Morrison, executive vice-president and founder of the Music for All Foundation, has resigned his management position with the organization. Mr. Morrison will transition out of the organization over the next month.

Mr. Morrison has a long history as a supporter of music education and is widely recognized as one of the nation’s leading advocates for music and arts in education and in society. Since founding the Music for All Foundation in 2003, Mr. Morrison’s pioneering leadership in research, public policy and advocacy efforts has led to significant advancement in access to music and arts education programs across the nation. These efforts have directly impacted several million students.

In September of 2006, the Music for All Foundation merged with Bands of America to create what is now Music for All, Inc. Since the merger Mr. Morrison served on the Board of Directors and as an officer of the organization. Mr. Morrison contributed substantially to the transition of the former Bands of America primarily being a program based organization to the combined Music for All with an expanded focus and increased stature as a leader serving the cause of music and arts education. His departure comes five years after the public announcement of the creation of Music for All Foundation.

Mr. Gayl Doster, Music for All’s Board Chair commented, “We thank Mr. Morrison for his many efforts on behalf of the organization and we wish him well in his future endeavors.”

Scott McCormick also expressed his appreciation for Mr. Morrison’s contributions stating, “I have known Bob for a long time and we all owe a great deal of thanks for his pioneering work in the field of research on behalf of music and arts education. Bob’s passion for music and the young people we all serve is a trait that I have enjoyed serving alongside as we have transitioned this organization. Bob will forever be recognized as the founder of the Music for All Foundation and as Chairman Emeritus of Music for All. I wish Bob well in his future endeavors and hope that we mutually continue to benefit the whole of music education.”

“I am proud of the body of work and my legacy with Music for All and the sacrifices my family made to start the organization. Most importantly, I am a better person as a result of the great staff that works tirelessly to serve our mission,” stated Bob Morrison. “As I move on to the next stop in my career I remain committed to my life’s passion of advancing the cause of music and arts education for every child in this country and around the world.”

The remaining executive management team continues including Scott McCormick, serving as President and CEO of Music for All; Eric Martin, Executive Vice President and COO; and Nancy Carlson, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

About Music for All

Music for All uniquely combines regional and national music-event programming with awareness campaigns and advocacy aimed at expanding access to music in schools and communities. A 501(c)(3) not-for-profit educational organization, Music for All promotes the widely documented lifetime benefits of music education and addresses the growing concern that public policies have created barriers to providing music and arts programs as part of a basic education for all children. The organization is the product of the 2006 merger between Bands of America and the Music for All Foundation.

Music for All’s 25-plus annual events include the Grand National marching band championships, held annually in November in Indianapolis’ new Lucas Oil Stadium, the Music for All National Festival for concert bands, orchestras and percussion ensembles, the Summer Symposium international music camp and a series of regional marching band championships held across the country each fall. For more information, visit www.musicforall.org.

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