We are always thrilled when we can award a camp scholarship to
a MusicLink student, assist a fledgling program with a Grass Roots
Grant or help reimburse an individual teacher who has reached into
his/her own pocket to pay for music, materials and fees for a
MusicLink student. You may ask, just how do we raise money to
provide these awards and services, as well as repairing, moving,
and purchasing instruments as needed for our students and securing
efficient coordination for our national program?
The MusicLink Foundation relies on contributions from the public
for a vast majority of its funding, along with assistance from
foundations and corporate sponsors. Our goal for 2007-2008 is
to raise $50,000 in general public support so that we can reach
our goal of serving 7,500 students nationwide by 2010. We gratefully
acknowledge our donors and will include their names in our Annual
Report Link Newsletter, which will be mailed in the next few weeks.
Support from Foundations
Our thanks to the Catalogue for Philanthropy for choosing to include
the MusicLink Foundation as a worthwhile charity in its 2006-2007
issue. We also are pleased to announce that the Jack Kent Cooke
Foundation has chosen to continue support for the MusicLink Foundation
for the 2007-2008 year, providing $75,000 for personnel and training
expenses. We are thrilled to serve as a pipeline organization seeking
to nurture the talents of deserving youth through musical training.
This foundation has supported MusicLink with over $230,000 in funding
over a period of three years.
The MusicLink Foundation also received support from the Harman
Family Foundation, Sprenger Lang Foundation, Weissberg Foundation,
Dimick Foundation, and City of Fairfax Commission for the Arts
to support growing programs in the metropolitan Washington DC area.
Funding support from these foundations totals over $16,000.
Promise to Practice - YOUR way!
We have adapted our Promise to Practice fund-raising program to
fit the needs of any teacher who would like the incentive of good
practice towards a performance goal in his/her studio .or any local
organization seeking a way to raise money for its MusicLink program.
Instead of a single week of practice, teachers can now use our
practice grids and goals (pin, totebag, iPod shuffle or comparable
award) to have students practice over a period of weeks or months
towards that upcoming recital, festival, or competition! Nancy
Davis, an independent piano teacher from Springfield VA shares
How To Enjoy "Promise to Practice"
in YOUR Studio
This was my first year to incorporate a fund-raising activity in
my studio and I was so pleased with the results!
Once a year, for three to four months, I require my students to
record their practice time on their assignment sheet as well as
a Studio chart - for everyone to see. I offer prizes for the ones
who practice the most number of hours at our annual Honors Recital.
Lately I have been looking for something beyond awards and prizes
and MusicLink was my answer. It is a perfect fit! Students practice
to help less fortunate children have a CHANCE to learn a musical
- I introduced students AND parents to MusicLink by a brochure
and a sample request letter.
- Students estimated the number of self-mailing letters they
needed - and I copied them and gave them to them. (Letters could
be returned simply by folding and stapling.)
- Checks were made out to MusicLink and mailed to me. I copied
the checks and sent them on to the MusicLink headquarters.
- Students charted practice time, received checks from friends
- Honors Recital: students were presented with "Thank you" gifts
from MusicLink for various levels of contributions received: 1)
MusicLink pin for participation in charting their practice time,
2) Tote bag for contributions of $25 or more, and 3) MP3
player/recorder for $200 or more in contributions.
I try to make the thank-you gifts clear, but not emphasize them
too much. After all, it is good for all of us to give - just for
the sake of giving. Some parents gave financial gifts after the
recital as well. It does feel good to give!
I plan to do this again next year. I was particularly excited
about the recording capabilities of the MP3 player as I like to
have my students record themselves at home and email the files.
(You know - they always play it better at home!!)
-- by Nancy Davis, Springfield VA
Thanks to the following teachers who participated in Promise to
- Diana Belka
- Nancy Davis
- Lai-Lan Ko
- Elizabeth Nelms
- Sarah Stoehl
Thanks to the following students who raised over $200 through
their practice efforts:
- Sheila Blackett
- Cara Mingo
- Jessie Kuniholm
- Derek Smith
- Kristen Maxwell
- Keri Flynn
Award of Achievement
The Marilyn Costello Award of Achievement is a new $1,000 award
established specifically for a junior or senior high school student
residing in Virginia who has shown outstanding achievement in
musical training through MusicLink and is seeking assistance with
college. The award commemorates the illustrious musical career
of Marilyn Costello, principal harpist with the Philadelphia Orchestra
from 1946 to 1992. Our thanks to her son, Daniel Dannenbaum and
to Serena Lowe for establishing this annual award for
an outstanding MusicLink student. Thanks also to Martha Smith,
Virginia MusicLink coordinator, for her assistance in developing
This year's recipient of the Marilyn Costello Award
is Alain Ramirez,
a senior at Gar-Field High School in Mount Vernon VA. Alain was
born in Bolivia and studies through MusicLink with Pat Houston
of Arlington. In just three years he has progressed from being
a beginner to playing pieces by Chopin and by Latin American