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Support Vital Music Education Programs in Oakland Public Schools!

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Business in the Arts Networking Circle

THE STORY:

The Business in the Arts Networking Circle (BANC) is a network of local businesses that have joined together to promote a lively arts environment, connect and collaborate, and help fund music education in the East Bay.

Given the power of music to transform lives, BANC is proud to support Oakland East Bay Symphony’s Music for Excellence (MUSE) Program.

Join us in helping Music for Excellence!

Together we can raise $7,500
– enough to sponsor MUSE at Bret Harte Middle School in Oakland for one year. You can make it possible for a child to learn an instrument, build discipline, imagination and self-esteem. 

If you make a contribution by Tuesday, May 10, you will have the opportunity to enjoy the season finale sponsored by Bell Investment Advisors, the Tony Award winning Street Scene by Kurt Weill and Langston Hughes - details below.


What is the Project?

Music for Excellence In-School Mentor Program and After-School Program brings music education and enrichment to nearly 2,200 young people in 19 of Oakland’s public schools, providing students in grades 4 – 12 with continuous, sequential instrumental music instruction - tuition free.

Mentors work with students in small groups and individually, teaching technique and musical development. Each of the Mentors makes a point to share their joy of artistic expression and help students find a creative outlet in music, reinforcing positive behaviors and enabling students to view themselves as part of a community.

The objectives of our Mentors and MUSE are to Engage, Instruct and Inspire children of all backgrounds, fostering participation in the music life of our community and promoting a lifelong appreciation of the arts.

Why Does Music Matter to a 4th Grader in Oakland?

  • A 2006 study released by the National Association for Music Education found higher graduation rates in high schools with music programs: by as much as 17%.
     
  • Additional studies in brain research prove that instrumental music education contributes to healthy brain development, particularly in literacy (both language and numeric).

What Does it Cost?

Oakland East Bay Symphony Education and Outreach programs
Serves: Combined programs - more than 50,000 children and adults annually
Costs: $655,000 - Approximately 32% of the operating budget

MUSE Education for Young People
Serves: 20,000; Costs: $330,000

Oakland In-School and After School Music/Mentor Programs
Serves: 2,200 youth in 19 Oakland Unified schools; Costs: $200,000


Community Engagement Programs
Serves: 30,000; Costs: $325,000

How You Can Help

Join us in helping Music for Excellence.

Together we can raise $7,500 – enough to sponsor the In-School Mentor Program and After School Program at Bret Harte Middle School in Oakland for one year.

For $50, one child will be provided a mentor who is not only a professional musician, but also an experienced music educator, for the entire school year. You can make it possible for a child to learn an instrument, build discipline, imagination and self-esteem.

For $100, one child will have a music mentor for the entire school year, access to Saturday Practice Labs in West Oakland and the opportunity to participate in the MUSE After School Orchestra, learning several pieces of new repertoire and at least 4 performance opportunities.

For $250, a classroom of elementary school students will attend a Young People’s Concert free, and will be visited by a Music for Excellence Docent trained to help students prepare for their Oakland East Bay Symphony concert experience.

The Business in the Arts Networking Circle hopes that you will partner with us as we serve the children and youth of Oakland through Music for Excellence.

Thank You!

The Symphony would like to thank donors who give by Tuesday, May 10, with opportunities to enjoy the season finale sponsored by Bell Investment Advisors, the Tony Award winning Street Scene by Kurt Weill and Langston Hughes.

Weill is one of the most innovative and influential composers of the 20th century. In Street Scene, he mixes show tunes, jazz, arias, folk songs and spirituals. Come hear 12 different solists, the Oakland Symphony Chorus and the Piedmont East Bay Children's Choir.

All donors of $50 - $99 will receive
An invitation for 2 to attend the Thursday, May 12, 7:30pm Rehearsal of Oakland East Bay Symphony’s season finale Street Scene. (A guest list will be held at the 21st Street entrance to the Paramount Theatre, Oakland.)

All donors of $100 - $249 will receive
A pair of tickets to Oakland East Bay Symphony on Friday, May 13, 8:00pm and an invitation to an exclusive post-concert reception with the opportunity to meet the soloists, musicians and Music Director Maestro Michael Morgan. (Tickets will be held at the VIP table at the 21st Street entrance to the Paramount Theatre, Oakland.)

All donors of $250 or more will receive
A pair of premium tickets to Oakland East Bay Symphony on Friday, May 13, 8:00pm and an invitation to an exclusive post-concert reception with the opportunity to meet the soloists, musicians and Music Director Maestro Michael Morgan. (Tickets will be held at the VIP table at the 21st Street entrance to the Paramount Theatre, Oakland.)

DONATE

To This Fundraiser

$3,575

MONEY RAISED
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  • shalene rose

    $20

  • Meghan Gough

    $50

  • Steve Nicholls

    $100

  • dennis woodruff

    $50

  • Ruth Stroup Insurance Agency

    $250

  • Parisa Mahdavi

    $50

  • Steven and Emma White

    $50

  • Oto Bailey Fukumoto & Mishima, Inc.

    $250

  • Ellen & Darryl

    $200

  • Anonymous

    $1,000

  • Christian & Elizabeth Spletzer

    $50

  • Amy Greacen

    $50

  • Maris Read

    $50

  • Jim & Bonnie Bell

    $1,000

  • Joe & Sharon Sanger

    $20

  • Gisela Merker

    $25

  • Irene Haggerty

    $25

  • Dave Savidge

    $100

  • Erin Bydalek & Pat Bengtsson

    $100

  • Gumas Advertising

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $35

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48% Raised of $7,500 Goal

Fundraise for this Campaign

The Team: $3,575 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Bell Investment Advisors Advisors

Amount Raised

$1,370

 

46% Raised of $3,000 Goal

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John Glynn

Amount Raised

$1,150

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Mueller Nicholls Builders

Amount Raised

$500

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Business in the Arts Networking Cir...

Amount Raised

$335

 

4% Raised of $7,500 Goal

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Andy Read

Amount Raised

$120

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Steve Nicholls

Amount Raised

$100

Donor Comments

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $35

6 years ago

Gumas Advertising

Gumas Advertising

DONATION: $100

6 years ago

Erin Bydalek & Pat Bengtsson

Erin Bydalek & Pat Bengtsson

DONATION: $100

6 years ago

Dave Savidge

Dave Savidge

DONATION: $100

6 years ago

Irene Haggerty

Irene Haggerty

DONATION: $25

6 years ago

Gisela Merker

Gisela Merker

DONATION: $25

6 years ago

Joe & Sharon Sanger

Joe & Sharon Sanger

DONATION: $20

6 years ago

Jim & Bonnie Bell

Jim & Bonnie Bell

DONATION: $1,000

6 years ago

Maris Read

Maris Read

DONATION: $50

7 years ago

Amy Greacen

Amy Greacen

DONATION: $50

An education in the arts is a crucial part of being a global citizen. this is too important to ignore. 7 years ago