Hungry for Music Notes
June 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

It has been a productive time on the road, laying the groundwork for establishing Hungry for Music volunteer teams in other cities. The stops that Big Bertha, the Hungry for Music Magic Music Bus, has made include New Orleans, Shreveport, Little Rock, Memphis, Nashville, Washington, New York, and Cleveland. I am very encouraged by the response and excited to be visiting many more cities this summer.

Most of the summer and early fall will be spent in the Mid-West with the first stop being Detroit, where last year we partnered with the Gabriel Music Society (GMS) to bring almost three dozen brass, woodwind, and string instruments to Detroit Public Schools (DPS). We will be bringing more instruments to DPS on our next trip to supplement the what the GMS has continued to collect with an ongoing music instrument drive. We will be announcing a couple of exciting projects that Hungry for Music will be involved in this summer soon.

I just returned from Cleveland, where the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was my neighbor for one week. It was an amazing experience and I am so grateful to the Rock Hall for believing in the idea and working with us to pull it off. An instrument drive was held for a week that culminated with a
concert this past Saturday with six of the music programs that Hungry for Music has supported over the years. Many great photos and videos from that day will be sent in a special Rock Hall newsletter next week. Stay tuned!

The photo below says it all and gives me fuel to continue to grow our outreach. This young girl from the Cleveland International School jumps for joy after receiving a violin just in time for Summer String Camp.

Hungry for Music donated 14 violins, two cellos, two clarinets, and a saxophone to the school. We are happy to announce that the Rock Hall would like to continue the partnership and create an ongoing music instrument drive within the Cleveland community.

I look forward to continuing to make the gift of music available to more and more children through Hungry for Music. As Big Bertha logs the miles, she needs proper maintenance and fuel to increase our outreach. We also have a growing number of music instruments to ship, deliver, and repair. Your support is greatly appreciated!

I hope to see you on the road!

Axe Hugger and Guitar Yarn
We are excited about our partnership with the Axe Hugger company in Los Angeles.

Future plans are a Hungry for Music benefit in partnership
with All Access Music, and more episodes of Guitar Yarn.

Guitar Yarn features intimate interviews with artists (guitar players, violinists, horn players, etc), shot within their creative space, in which they yarn about their frst instrument, most notable instrument, their connection to it. and their connection to music -- making and listening.

Scott Thomas from the band, Ringside, speaking to Guitar Yarn about what his means to him:

"It's been a friend that has talked me down from the trees. It's been a friend who taught me how to love and taught me how to i think love myself and see that there's beauty within in me that just needed to have the doors open and this seems to me the means to discover myself. I guess that is
what I would share with a kid about to be handed an instrument ... you might not know it right now but there's a lot of beauty inside of you and this is a great tool to let the sunshine in."

About Axe Hugger
Axe Hugger is the patented, revolutionary slip-on cover for your guitar stand cradle. It was created out of a desire for convenience and a need for safety in the everyday care of your instrument. Some guitar stands are made with rubber padding that may contain chlorine, which can oxidize the finish of your guitar. Our solution was to create a protective barrier that also transforms the entire look and feel of the guitar stands.
Hungry for Crawfish T-Shirts Still Available
This year's t-shirt was designed by Walt Brock. Order now in the HFM Store.
Direct Delivery
Susie Rakowski and Nissa Larsen donated acoustic guitars and delivered them in-person to the Internal Creations music program
Sky Music Concert

Sky Music Instruction
held its 2016 Spring Showcase at Epicure Café in Fairfax, Virginia on Sunday May 1st. Students of all ages and levels performed for a jam-packed audience of fellow students, friends and family.

Check out Sky Music students, Cory and Belinda, performing:

Several hundred dollars were raised for Hungry for Music.
Many thanks to Lena Esposito, Sky Music Owner and Instructor.
In the photo below, the Hendrix Music Academy in Seattle. We are happy to support this burgeoning program.

Find out more about them here.
HFM Throwback
Flashback to 2013, SPARK Academy kids in Newark, New Jersey checking out Hungry for Music donations.

Dem Crawfish Gone!
Thank you to the hosts and volunteer crew who made the 21st Annual Crawfish and Music Fundraiser a success. The pavilion at Fort Hunt Park made for an intimate setting to enjoy the music and consume copious amounts of spicy crawfish, corn, potatoes, and beverages.

The John Papa Gros Band brought New Orleans to Virginia with two stellar 75-minute sets. Susan Cowsill kicked off the live music with an uplifting performance. Thank you to Zac Burrows and crew who did a fantastic job with sound.

Most importantly, much appreciation to the almost 400 attendees who came out in spite of the rain to support Hungry for Music. Photograph by John Gratz.
Since becoming a non-profit 20 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.

If you are able, please donate funds, buy a t-shirt from our online store, or visit our website to find out about other ways you can support Hungry for Music.
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