Hungry for Music Notes
July 2016
Hungry for Music is an organization that supports music education and cultural enrichment by acquiring and distributing quality musical instruments to underserved children with willing instructors and a hunger to play.
Notes from the Road
by Jeff Campbell

For the last six weeks I’ve been working from the DC area, preparing for a Midwest trip with Big Bertha, the Magic Music Bus. When I arrived back from the first leg of the city-to-city outreach tour to our instrument warehouse location in Chantilly (courtesy of Commonwealth Roofing and Siding), I was met with a blessing – a space overflowing with instruments! With the help of volunteers Evan Owens, James Vance, and our repair team of Colin Baxter, Marc Glickman, Kelly Crisuolo-DeButts, Allan Harrington, and Jim Gormley, we were able to organize the warehouse and begin delivering and shipping the latest wave of instrument donations for outreach; making room for more! You will read about these deliveries in this and future newsletters.

The next trip will begin with a quick stop in Cleveland to deliver some promised instruments to connections we made at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame instrument drive and performance event last month. Then, I will be heading to Iowa to begin a four-state trek with the touring band Foreigner! Hungry for Music is excited to be partnering with Rock-It Kids, Inc., which raises money for Shriners Hospitals for Children, and the Artist's chosen charity, through the sale of CDs on the concert tour. This is a wonderful opportunity for Hungry for Music and one that we are hopeful will lead to others.

After the Foreigner dates finish up in July, the Magic Music Bus Tour continues to Detroit, Chicago, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, and several other Midwestern cities. The Midwest portion of the tour will conclude in South Bend, Indiana with an instrument drive, in partnership with the Spirit of Harmony Foundation, on September 24, before the Notre Dame’s gridiron matchup with Duke. I am really looking forward to this!

The Midwest awaits! I can’t wait to meet folks there and increase Hungry for Music‘s outreach. We appreciate your love and support of our musical journey to bring the gift of music to more and more deserving kids. Thank you!

Wishing everyone a calm, peaceful, and musical summer!


HFM Guitarmen
The photos below show guitar repairmen Allan Harrington (l) and Jim Gormley (r), who volunteer their time and expertise to refurbish donated guitars and get them ready for distribution. Thanks, guys!
Play On, Jabari!
Hungry for Music partnered with the Sticking Up for Children and Preservation Hall Foundations to provide Jabari with his own upright bass. Jabari was recently accepted into the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA), after years with Make Music NOLA and instructor Grayson Hackelman. Thank you to Nicholas Payton for making the Englehardt bass available.
Eagle Scout Seth Seabolt Rallied His Troop to Benefit HFM
Many thanks to Eagle Scout Seth Seabolt in Fairfax, Virginia, for completing an impressive service project. Shown in the photo, Seth is surrounded by some of the 53 instruments he and his troop members collected for Hungry for Music. His leadership will benefit young musicians all over the country. Amazing job, Seth!
Happy Birthday, Jeff!

Today, July 13, we're celebrating the birthday of Hungry for Music Founder and Executive Director Jeff Campbell. Send him some birthday love via email or Facebook shout-out.

While you're at it, please consider donating to Hungry for Music in honor of Jeff's special day!

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Highlights
In case you missed it, here's a link to our last newsletter with highlights of the magical day at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Click here to witness the joy.
Mighty Max Has His Day!
Doah Fest is This Weekend
We're grateful to be partnered with this year's Doah Fest and a beneficiary of part of the proceeds. The festival is July 15-18 in Luray, Virginia.
Notre Dame Instrument Drive
We are looking forward to partnering with Todd Rundgren's Spirit of Harmony Foundation for an instrument drive at the University of Notre Dame. The event will happen during the week of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. Duke Blue Devils game on Saturday, September 24.

Todd's attendance will be part of a documentary on music education and his organization. He will also offer several workshops.

The on-campus collection of instruments will happen throughout the week-long event.
HFM Throwback
One of our first instrument donations in New Orleans was to Sylvester Francis' Backstreet Cultural Museum in 2000.
In addition to its permanent exhibits, the museum hosts public performances of music and dance, provides outreach programs, and creates an annual book, Keeping Jazz Funerals Alive, that chronicles the year’s jazz funerals.

Museum Founder Sylvester Francis is a hardworking and passionate man and his museum is a cultural gem. Find out more here.
In the Spotlight
Hungry for Music delivered 24 acoustic guitars, three autoharps, two banjos,a mandolin, a dulcimer, a fiddle, and assorted lagniappe (banjo straps, capo, mandolin music books, guitar covers) to Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM). These instruments will support new programs they are starting in East Tennessee and West Virginia.

Hungry for Music has been making bi-annual donations to JAM since 2008. They have established over 30 programs in five states since their inception. Keeping traditional Appalachian music alive is important work and we are grateful to JAM for their extraordinary efforts in support of music education.
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Since becoming a non-profit 22 years ago, Hungry for Music has brought the healing quality of music to more than eight thousand children through its musical instrument donation program. We appreciate everyone who has helped us along the way and could not fulfill our mission without the generosity of others.

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