We are very happy to share that it looks like Save The Music will be investing in music education programs in 7 Mississippi schools this coming fall. The first “Mississippi Music Saves” schools are:
Holly Springs Primary School (Holly Springs)
Holly Springs Intermediate School (Holly Springs)
OM McNair Middle School (Belzoni)
Edna M. Scott Elementary School (Leland)
Leland Middle School (Leland)
William Dean, Jr. Elementary School (Lexington)
Goodman-Pickens Elementary School (Goodman)
Each school will receive full packages of instruments and equipment for their music classrooms along with programmatic support for music teachers – including professional development, impact measurement and evaluation services from Save The Music’s program team for a 10-year period.
In addition, we have teamed up with Memphis-based non-profit Successful Inc. and their dynamic leader Erskin Mitchell to pilot a supplemental instruments program for Mississippi high school bands.
The district leaders, principal and music teachers are all excited and ready to put these grants into action and get the instruments into the hand of students this fall. And we at Save The Music hope to come down to Mississippi to visit the grantees and meet you all in person as well! We are shooting for late September and hope to schedule some school visits and meetings. We will be in touch soon to iron out details!
Finally – look out for an announcement later today that we are partnering with the band The Black Keys following the release of the band’s new album, Delta Kream, which features eleven Mississippi hill country blues songs by artists including R.L. Burnside and Junior Kimbrough. All funds raised will to support Save The Music’s investments in Mississippi schools. For more details visit: https://www.propeller.la/theblackkeys.