Yamaha Matches Funds for Music Supplies on DonorsChoose.org

Many teachers whose students and school districts lack funds for educational supplies have turned to crowdfunding website DonorsChoose.org to outfit their classrooms. Thanks to a partnership between Yamaha Corporation of America and DonorsChoose.org, funding for music essentials such as reeds, stands, and sheet music has become even more accessible.

In a program that launched on Aug. 18, Yamaha Corporation of America agreed to match up to $125,000 in donations for music classroom supplies, resulting in a total of $250,000 generated. So far, more than $100,000 has been raised to fund more than 460 projects for new music materials.

“Having a fresh box of clarinet reeds to use on school instruments or being able to replace broken strings on a violin can make the difference [between] the student’s ability to succeed in the classroom and not playing at all,” according to a Medium post by Garth Gilman, vice president and general manager of Yamaha’s Band and Orchestral Division.

More than 100 music-related projects are still currently receiving donations and matching gifts from Yamaha on DonorsChoose.org. Visit http://4wrd.it/MusicEssentials to support a current project or to make your own project request.