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.