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US state schools at risk of having their music funding cut are eligible for $3m in grants from StubHub, continuing its mission to put instruments in the hands of students
By IQ on 15 Mar 2018
Through its charitable StubHub Foundation, secondary ticketer StubHub is to invest US$3 million over the next three years into buying musical instruments for US state schools, it announced at South by Southwest today.
Building on a 2015 commitment that has already put more than $2m in instruments into schools, the latest round of funding extends the company’s partnership with the Mr Holland’s Opus Foundation (MHOF) charity to provide more “at-risk [state] school music programmes” with new musical instruments.
“We believe that music needs to be a core component of education in America,” says Perkins Miller, StubHub’s North America GM. “Numerous studies have shown the benefits that music education plays in student enrichment and development, which is why we are proud to support the efforts of Mr Holland’s Opus Foundation and all those who help keep music alive in schools across America.”
The initiative, known as the Next Stage programme, kicks off at SXSW today, with the first school, Bedichek Middle School in Austin, Texas, receiving more than $12,000 in musical instruments. Bedichek students are today invited to a private acoustic SXSW performance by Jukebox the Ghost, and will then serve as the opening ‘performers’ for StubHub’s two-day SXSW Next Stage showcase at Banger’s in Austin.
Schools interested in the Next Stage programme are invited to inquire directly through MHOF.
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