The D’Addario Foundation held three grant presentation events in October at Ted Brown Music in Tacoma, Washington, Beacock Music in Vancouver, Washington, and Menchey Music in Timonium, Maryland.

The not-for-profits that were awarded grants include Seattle JazzED, Metropolitan Youth Symphony, and Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

“Handing out grants to not-for-profit initiatives like these is really the best part of our job,” said Suzanne D’Addario Brouder, executive director of the D’Addario Foundation. “The D’Addario Foundation has pioneered a process of supporting grassroots efforts to bring quality, immersive music education back into underserved communities. Our purpose is to not only provide financial support to organizations like these, but also to recognize and raise visibility for the tireless, incredibly impactful and innovative work being done using music as a powerful tool for positive social and academic development.”

So far this year, $46,000 in grants has been formally handed out at check presentations, and The D’Addario Foundation has awarded over $517,000 in year-to-date monetary and product donations to 242 music education not-for-profits.

“OrchKids’ partnership with the D’Addario Foundation over the last three years has been crucial to the success of delivering a high quality after-school music program to the more than 1,200 Baltimore City students we serve,” said Raquel Whiting Gilmer, executive director of Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s OrchKids. “We are so grateful to have partners that are willing to invest in our students with multi-year support – this level of commitment enables OrchKids to reach more students and have a greater impact in our community.”

The D’Addario Foundation will hold another grant presentation event recognizing not-for-profits in southern California at the D’Addario & Co. Woodwinds Facility in Sun Valley on November 14.

Photo by Krisiey Salsa of Apple, My Eye Photography.

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