Andrew Tufano wrote -
To give back to Elementary and Middle school music programs, and to help provide the opportunities I was surrounded with to children currently unable to access music instruments, I will be donating 100% of the profits from my newest EP, Dotted Lines, to VH1 Save The Music Foundation.
I want to be a musician and human being who gives back to the communities that helped me grow towards achieving my dreams. One of the crucial institutions that enabled me to become a performing songwriter is public school music education.
In elementary school, my music teacher helped me enter the NAfME electronic music talent search, which lead to a whirlwind of events including winning first prize and getting flown to Texas for the awards ceremony in front of thousands at age 11. In middle school I learned guitar, and my school guitar teacher introduced me to the finger-picking technique that now dominates my songwriting and performing styles. Without this music experience from a young age, a career in the music industry would not be a legitimate possibility for me.
Now that I'm looking to the music industry for a career in Nashville, I find myself blessed simply to be here, and think of many who do were not as fortunate as I was to be surrounded by music education from a young age. Music has changed my life, and allows me to live to my fullest potential. In addition to donating CD sales, I will also be doing a variety of performances in Nashville and my home state of Virginia to collect donations and promote this cause. Thanks for your support :)