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MPS music programs receive funding through Let The Music Play grants

Milwaukee World Festival, Inc. and American Family Insurance have announced the recipients of the inaugural Let The Music Play program grants. Three programs in Milwaukee Public Schools will receive funding to support music education. Grant-winning programs incorporate a performance element for young people; funding helps provide access to equipment or musical training that otherwise would have been unavailable to these student communities.

MPS 2019 grant recipients are celebrating their gifts and preparing to implement proposed activities.

Carmen Schools of Science and Technology: Funds will support the middle and high school drumline program at the Northwest Campus, costs for percussion clinicians to provide intermediate and advanced training to the students, and supplies and materials.

Alexander Mitchell Integrated Arts School: Funds will be used to purchase a 37-note set of hand chimes and sheet music for schoolwide use.

Townsend Street School: Funds will allow the Townsend student ensemble to purchase sheet music, music stands, microphones, vocal instruction, and various instruments.

The new Let The Music Play grant program supports nonprofit organizations and schools that serve Milwaukee County through music programming for students aged 11 to 18. The grant program is intended to represent the variety of music activities taking place in the greater Milwaukee community and is open to programs in band, orchestra, jazz, musical theater, and dance.

Recipients must demonstrate the ability to present a finished, 7 to 10 minute performance. Grant recipients will showcase their talents at Summerfest 2019.

Thank you, Milwaukee World Festival, Inc. and American Family Insurance!


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