Education Through Music was front row at Keith Urban’s concert on the TODAY Show on August 7, 2015. ETM was excited to support Urban as the Country Music Association’s first artist ambassador for their recently announced, “Music Education Matters” initiative. We also wanted to personally thank Urban for donating 20 “Keith Urban” guitars to ETM.
ETM’s signature fundraiser, the annual Children’s Benefit Gala, was held on Monday, June 8, 2015, at Capitale in Manhattan. The event raised over $400,000 to support music education programs, and over 300 guests were in attendance.
The Gala was co-hosted by actress Christine Baranski from The Good Wife and Darren Criss, the star of the Tony award-winning musical Headwig and the Angry Inch.
ETM students at PS 169 in the Bronx and students from Zürich’s Sihlfeld school participated in a music and cultural exchange program attended by Ambassador André Schaller, Consul General of Switzerland in New York.
“We are very happy to support this innovative, state-of-the-art musical exchange between American and Swiss students. It’s wonderful for me to see children from both sides of the Atlantic come together in such an inspiring way,” said Ambassador Schaller.
For the second year, Education Through Music and The CMA Foundation have partnered to bring music education to New York City. With the renewed partnership, ETM was the beneficiary of a $125K grant, which was accepted by ETM Executive Director Katherine Damkohler on Wednesday, September 3rd at the CMA Awards Nominees Press Conference in NYC. The grant, which will provide the funding to expand and enhance music education programs throughout NYC, was presented by CMA CEO Sarah Trahern, along with country music stars Darius Rucker and Little Big Town.
As part of the continued partnership between Education Through Music and The CMA Foundation, ETM teachers were invited to attend the famous CMA Songwriters Series at Joe's Pub in New York City. The workshop, featuring legendary songwriter Bob DiPiero, provided the teachers with invaluable knowledge and insight into the process of music making, while also providing a wide array transferable skills for the classroom.