EAR CANDY CHARITY
Rating: 5 stars 5 reviews
Issues: Arts & Culture, Children & Youth, Education
Location: 200 E Curry Road Lower Level Tempe AZ 85281 USA
Results: We are on track to IMPACT well over 15,000 youth each year in Arizona and we are actively working on expanding our sustainable community driven model to other areas of the country.
Target demographics: Children and Youth
Geographic areas served: Arizona and currently working on expanding to other areas of the country
Programs: 1.) Online Instrument Drives® connects Music Teachers with Instrument & Financial Donors to place high quality, refurbished instruments in the hands of their students. Old instruments become the solution to music education by getting a New life! 2.) Play It Forward is a service learning program that equips any group with the tools, training, and mentoring they need to create and host their own physical Instrument Drive. From businesses, schools, civic groups, places of worship, associations and clubs...Wherever there is a collection of passionate individuals who want to help give youth access to music education, there is a Play It Forward Instrument Drive ready to be launched! 3.) Backstage Class® music-based field trips expose youth to “the other side of music education,” through once in a lifetime opportunities to experience music in unique and impactful ways. The goal of Backstage Class field trips is to inspire youth to think differently about career opportunities available to them through the appreciation of music and culture.
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I have known the founder of this charity, Nate Anderson, for quite a while and have watched him with pride as he shares his love of music with others unable to be learn or even be exposed to music as the schools cut back. They have brought instruments, school programs and after school programs to these children. My family and I have helped raise funds and my children have volunteered and are now featured in the ad campaigns.
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The childrens receipt of muscial instruments and the pride as they learn to play them are miraculous. The kids education in the beautiful world of music are so rewarding both for the kids and the community. I love the fact that all kinds of music is involved and even popular artists stand behind the campaign.
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hope that more volunteers can get involved and let their neighbors know to dig out those instruments that haven't been touched in years and donate them to this cause.