The music recording industry’s Music Performance Trust Fund (MPTF) has announced that they will increase the number of school-based events they present in the year ahead.
This would include a new philanthropic partnership with the Save The Music Foundation (STM). Event coordinating entities will include local members of the American Federation of Musicians.
To launch this new partnership, the MPTF and the STM presented eight educational performances in local elementary schools with members of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, with support from the Dayton Musicians Association Local 101-473. Four more events are being scheduled at Dayton elementary schools in early May.
“We are thrilled to have the support of the MPTF in providing musically rich experiences for the students at our Save The Music grantee schools,” stated Save The Music program director, Jaclyn Rudderow. “This partnership provides a unique opportunity for us to deepen our investment in the Dayton community.”
As music programs in schools continue to decline, the MPTF has been increasing its support and commitment to community programs and partnerships that offer K-12 students the opportunity to engage in free, live and professional musical events. In FY19, the MPTF expanded support in education with a special campaign to introduce new local programs. The initiative included over $140,000 of new funding to fully sponsor 172 additional educational performance events in 21 U.S. cities and in seven Canadian metropolitan areas.
“We are very excited to partner with Save The Music to bring our joint efforts to Dayton, Ohio,” said Dan Beck, Trustee of the MPTF. “Save The Music’s efforts to put instruments in school systems and our ability to fund the performances of the AFM’s professional musicians, go hand-in-hand to create a robust and dynamic music education experience.”
Educational initiatives of the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance advance music as an integral part of academic learning and help increase students’ understanding of the role music plays in their lives, among other goals. The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra is a member of the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance.