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 worked with many charities throughout my professional career and few come close to meeting or exceeding expectations than Ear Candy. Nate Anderson, the founder of Ear Candy, is both passionate and committed to their mission statement. In a state that currently ranks last (Arizona is 50th) for music education, Nate saw a void that needed to be filled.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
several of their instrument drives, talent shows and other community collectives.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
look to expand this effort nationwide. I believe that it's imperative to include music education as part of a student's full scholastic experience to afford that student a well rounded education.