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Education Through Music’s 2018 Benefit Gala Supports Music Education to New York City Schools

Pictured: ETM Board Chairman Richard Bernstein, 2018 Children’s Benefit Gala Honoree Joe Galante, and ETM Executive Director Katherine Damkohler.


Education Through Music (ETM) celebrated its Children’s Benefit Gala on Monday, June 25th, 2018 at Cipriani 42nd Street.  Over 400 supporters attended the event to raise over $800,000 for music education programs in New York City.

The ETM Children’s Benefit Gala was hosted by country music artist Kix Brooks, of the CMA Awards-winning duo, Brooks & Dunn. The night featured performances by ETM partner school students, along with special guests Randy Owen of ALABAMA and The Warren Brothers.

ETM honored celebrated music industry executive and CMA Foundation Chairman Joe Galante. Through his involvement with the CMA Foundation, Galante has had a remarkable impact on the music industry in New York City and at a national level.

“We are delighted to honor Joe Galante and his significant contributions to music education,” said ETM Executive Director Katherine Damkohler. “With his support, we are able to grow our footprint and partner with even more schools to serve students with high-quality music education.”

About Education Through Music

Education Through Music was founded in 1991 to promote the integration of music into the curricula of under-resourced schools in order to enhance students’ academic performance and general development. ETM forms long-term partnerships with elementary and middle schools to develop sustainable, long-term music programs.

The ETM model currently serves nearly 30,000 students in New York City, and our model reaches another 12,000 children through the work of our licensed affiliate organization in Los Angeles. ETM’s comprehensive, sustainable music education network has garnered the support of corporations, public policy makers and foundations, including The Music Man Foundation, CMA Foundation, The Jerome L. Greene Foundation, Steinway & Sons, William Randolph Hearst Foundation and D’Addario Foundation.