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MusicWorks!

$1,550 of $25k goal

Raised by 8 people in 7 months
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Melissa Barlow
for Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra Inc
 FORT MYERS, FL
MusicWorks! is a free, daily afterschool string orchestra program for K-5 students at The Heights Center in Harlem Heights, one of Lee County’s most underserved communities. Inspired by El Sistema, the Venezuelan music program that promotes human opportunity and development for their most vulnerable children, MusicWorks! uses music as an instrument for social transformation, empowering children to acquire values and achieve their full potential, positively affecting their society through the study and performance of music.
Students receive group lessons, large ensemble instruction, music theory and fundamentals classes, and interactive masterclasses with renowned artists and ensembles. MusicWorks! students have successfully performed at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall prior to select Gulf Coast Symphony concerts, and played for a sold out audience of 1800 people!
Every student enrolled in MusicWorks! receives a full-tuition scholarship, covering the costs of instruction from professional Teaching Artists, all necessary musical supplies, and new instruments. 32 students were enrolled in MusicWorks! in year 1. For year 2, we have 45 students enrolled and a waiting list of 14!
THE RESULTS OF MUSICWORKS! YEAR 1 WERE ASTOUNDING!

90% of students improved at least 1 core academic grade
•20% of the grades were improved by 1-4 percentage points
•60% of the grades were improved by 5-10 percentage points
•20% of the grades were improved by 11-20% points

86% of participants improved at least 1 Personal/Social Growth skill
•14% of participants maintained Satisfactory measures the entire school year in all categories.

Decreases in the amount of time missed at school
•25% of participants decreased their days tardy from school
•25% of participants decreased their number of absences from school
•10% of participants decreased their number of days early out from school

Unanimous positive parent/guardian feedback
•100% of parents surveyed indicated they believed their child’s involvement in MusicWorks! increased the child’s academic achievements
•100% of parents surveyed indicated they believed their child’s involvement in MusicWorks! increased their social and behavioral skills.
MusicWorks! was funded in year 1 through support from the Southwest Florida Community Foundation, individual donations, and grants from the D'Addario Foundation and Bireley Family Foundation. We are proud to again receive support from the SWFL Community Foundation, which has provided 1/5 of the funds for year 2.

WE NEED YOUR HELP TO CONTINUE PROVIDING THIS VALUABLE AND EFFECTIVE PROGRAM TO THE STUDENTS OF HARLEM HEIGHTS!

When we work together, we can truly make a difference and positively improve our community.
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Every little bit helps!

$50 - one set of new strings, one method book, and rosin

$100 - two sets of new strings, two method books, a music stand, and rosin

$150 - purchases a new violin or viola

$200 - underwrites the cost of one teaching artist for one week

$ 250 - Purchases a new cello

$500 - provides transportation and meals for students when they perform throughout the community, as well as tickets to various musical events in the community

$1000 - purchases a new double bass

$2700 - supports a MusicWorks! student for ONE YEAR!
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$1,550 of $25k goal

Raised by 8 people in 7 months
Created August 17, 2016
Funds raised will benefit:
Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra Inc
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Fort Myers, FL
EIN: 650666748
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JF
$200
Jan Faber
5 months ago

Music is something that can be with you your entire life.. a never ending gift....

RS
$100
Robert and Lynn Salem
5 months ago
$1,000
Anonymous
6 months ago
MD
$100
Mom and Dad
6 months ago

Keep up the good work!

JY
$50
Janet Yeager
6 months ago

Good luck, Melissa! This sounds wonderful!

$25
Anonymous
6 months ago
MN
$50
Margaret Nichols
7 months ago
ES
$25
Eileen Sheldon
7 months ago
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