WCPE Press: WCPE-FM Education Fund Supports Five Organizations for 2017-2018 Season

WCPE-FM Education Fund Supports Five Organizations for 2017-2018 Season

WAKE FOREST, NC (January 22, 2018) – For the 2017-2018 season, the WCPE Education Fund received a record 18 applications, all of which were carefully reviewed by the Ed Fund committee. The committee is pleased to award grants totaling $10,000 to five worthy entities from Greensboro to Wake Forest, NC.

The Community Music School of Raleigh will continue its comprehensive music education program through which they offer $1 music lessons and ensemble opportunities for students aged 6 through 18 years old who qualify for the Free and Reduced Price Lunch Program. Students also participate in workshops and demonstrations from visiting artists, recitals, and public performances in the community.

A new grant recipient, Greensboro Symphony Orchestra, will be able to grow its Beginning Strings Program, an in-school string education program in partnership with UNC-Greensboro, two elementary Title I elementary schools, and one middle school in the Guilford County School System. Students will receive instruments and weekly lessons, and they will perform before the Symphony’s Masterworks and POPS concerts and at UNC-G events.

Musical Empowerment partners the talents of music students from UNC-Chapel Hill, NC State University, and now Wake Forest University with children from underserved communities. Last year, 150 students were paired with 138 college student volunteers for lessons, recitals, and other performances. Enjoying an explosion of requests for volunteer mentoring from more universities, Musical Empowerment plans to facilitate its administrative growth to better aid its students.

Serving the towns of Wake Forest, Rolesville, and North Raleigh, Wake Forest Community Youth Orchestra offers pre-K through 12th grade instrumental music education and tuition assistance. The Music Ed grant will help WFCYO’s Community Concert Series by supporting the cost of rental facilities and equipment, music, and marketing materials.

Young Musicians of Alamance in Burlington will continue to provide intensive music instruction to student musicians as they work to recruit 20 new first graders from Title I schools already being served in the Alamance-Burlington Schools. This grant will assist in funding the hiring of a new teaching artist.

Each of these organizations is dedicated to helping children experience the joy of music by providing accessible, affordable lessons and meaningful performance opportunities. All of this is made possible by WCPE listeners who set aside 10 percent of their gift to fund musical education in our communities.

For further information, contact:
Dan McHugh, Public Relations Director • dan@theclassicalstation.org
WCPE-The Classical Station
PO Box 897

Wake Forest NC 28588
800.556.5178
www.theclassicalstation.org