Giving Tuesday: The GRAMMY Museum Needs Your Help Supporting Music Education
The GRAMMY Museum is home to one-of-a-kind music exhibitions and experiences that bring its visitors closer to the artists and music they love. On Giving Tuesday the museum is asking for your help to support the music education programs they provide, in order to continue bringing music access to students in and out of the classroom.
Throughout the year, the museum seeks to give underprivileged communities access to music education and prepare K-12 educators with resources to show the power of bringing music to the classroom. Over the next 24 hours, the GRAMMY Museum has set out to raise $50,000 to continue providing students with tools and resources they need to explore music education.
Past programs include a workshop on the how music has been a catalyst for change throughout wars, including the Civil War and World Wars I and II, as well as lyric writing workshops. The museum also offers tours for local schools and organizes a camp for young aspiring musicians in high school. These student-centered programs help support the museum's mission of using "music as a gateway to learning; inspiring and cultivating creativity, critical thinking and self-expression."
Teachers and parents have seen students positively engage with the programs. Larchmont Charter School teacher Dave DuMonde shared how excited his students were after their visit to the museum.
"They were fully inspired—a new passion has been sparked in our music program," DuMonde said. "I received a resounding response from parents saying how cool and unique of a trip it was. Thank you, thank you for accommodating our group of 5th and 6th graders!"
"As I looked around during the performance, the children were all engaged and paid close attention to the action on the stage," said one teacher who would like to remain anonymous. "In this day and age of budget cutbacks in the Arts Programs in our school systems, programs such as this are MUCH NEEDED."
According to the museum, a donation of $500 provides a whole class of students bus transportation for a visit to the museum in downtown Los Angeles. A visit to the museum deeply shaped Janet L. Jackson's daughter's musical aspirations.
"My daughter left the GRAMMY Museum after her first visit and declared she wanted to be a rock guitarist," Jackson said. "That year she got a guitar for Christmas and has been taking lessons ever since."
The GRAMMY Museum also puts on a GRAMMY Camp in which high school students learn more about careers in the music industry, including songwriting, audio engineering, music journalism, instrumental performance and more.
"Attending camp really pushed me to work harder and study more about production. I've just finished producing a five track EP, and I'm now learning about licensing, distribution, and advertising. I don't think any of this would have happened if I hadn't been given this opportunity and attended GRAMMY Camp," GRAMMY Camp alum Markus said.
For more information on how you can support the music education the GRAMMY Museum brings to students visit the GRAMMY Museum's donation page.