Following a successful 2017 instrument drive at the Ace Hotel in Chicago, the D’Addario Foundation, Hungry for Music and Todd Rundgren’s Spirit of Harmony Foundation, are back for an encore performance—and a nationwide tour, stopping in Ace Hotels in Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, Chicago and New Orleans.
The not-for-profits are expanding their partnership with Ace properties in 2018, with multiple Ace Hotels hosting instrument drives and performances to raise awareness—and funding—to bring music education into underserved communities.
Starting in Pittsburgh on June 8th, the D’Addario Foundation and Hungry for Music will be on hand to collect gently used instruments to refurbish for students in need in music programs nationwide and will feature a musical performance by the Boilermaker Jazz Band. Next stop is the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles on July 29 followed by the Ace Hotel in Chicago on September 2 and culminating at the Ace Hotel in New Orleans on November 15.
“Many of the music programs that apply for support from the D’Addario Foundation have instrument needs,” says Suzanne D’Addario Brouder, Executive Director of the D’Addario Foundation. “Lack of instruments means children on waiting lists, hoping for spots in these vital programs. Donating an instrument is a very direct way to make an instant impact.”
D’Addario Brouder adds: “We are thrilled to continue this partnership with the Ace Hotels and truly appreciate their commitment to supporting our efforts to improve lives and develop healthier communities through music education.”
Twice a year, the D’Addario Foundation vets hundreds of non-profit and school music programs that need monetary and product support. They believe strongly in grassroots community efforts in areas of great need where immersive music education becomes a powerful tool for positive social change. Foundation-supported programs are proving their worth—with positive academic and social outcomes for students, especially those most at-risk and needing a safe, nurturing community to grow and express themselves.
For those with instrument donations unable to attend these events, the foundation recommends Instruments in the Cloud, an online giving platform that connects donors directly with classrooms in need.
About the D’Addario Foundation: The D’Addario Foundation bridges the gap in our education system to bring access to quality music education programs. Believing that music is part of well-rounded education, D’Addario invests in programs planted in local communities, dedicated to making a long-term impact. Foundation-supported programs emphasize mentoring that builds leadership skills. The D’Addario Foundation has dedicated millions of dollars over the last 30 years, making it possible for countless children to have a meaningful music education. For more information go to DAddarioFoundation.org.
About Hungry for Music: Hungry for Music (HFM) is a grassroots, volunteer-driven charity organization with a nationwide and international outreach. HFM collects and repairs used music instruments, and purchases new ones, to distribute to school and after-school programs. Since 1994, their efforts have reached 48 states and 25 countries.
About Todd Rundgren’s Spirit of Harmony: Todd Rundgren’s Spirit of Harmony Foundation advocates for the moral imperative of music education for young people, regardless of socioeconomic status, geographic location, or ability by forging meaningful partnerships among music programs, corporations, individuals, and other music education non-profits.