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MANILOW MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP WINNER’S SPOTLIGHT: MEGAN CHARTIER!

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We caught up with Megan Chartier, a brilliant cellist and Eastern Michigan University graduate who won the Manilow Music Scholarship in 2012.

Megan edged out her competitors by performing two movements from Bach’s 2nd Cello Suite, an experience she says was “a huge morale boost in moving forward with my career. That was the first competition I had ever won.”

“I was an insecure musician before I won and afterward, I felt affirmed to be really gutsy in taking musical and life risks. Also, my parents chose to drive out to that competition and then seeing me win was a special moment in them realizing that I could actually be a musician for a living.  I was in undergrad when I won. I ended up getting into one of the Top 3 cello grad schools in the country afterward (University of Michigan) and won several competitions there. After grad school, I moved to Miami to become the principal cellist of the Miami Symphony and played with various other orchestras. I’ve since moved to Austin, TX to prepare for larger orchestral auditions. I recently played with the Moscow Symphony Orchestra in Russia — I was recently runner up for a position with the Dallas Opera — and you can hear my playing on parts of the soundtrack for Netflix’s Godless.”

We are ecstatic to report Megan’s many successes since winning the Manilow Music Scholarship! From everyone here at The Manilow Music Project, congratulations, Megan, and may your career be filled with even more success. We know it will be!

JONES HIGH SCHOOL IN ORLANDO RECEIVES YAMAHA PIANO TO KICK OFF NEW MUSIC INSTRUMENT DRIVE

Public Can Donate a New or Gently Used Musical Instrument for Free Tickets to Barry Manilow’s December 8 Holiday Concert at Amway Center

 [Orlando, FL —November 19, 2018] – Pop music icon Barry Manilow hopes others will follow his philanthropic lead as he brings his Manilow Music Project to Jones High School in Orlando. The legendary singer/songwriter plans to donate a Yamaha piano to launch a local music instrument drive. Anyone who donates a new or gently used musical instrument will receive 2 (two) free tickets (valid for pre-selected seat locations on a first come, first serve basis) for Manilow’s December 8th Holiday concert at Amway Center in Orlando, FL.

The Manilow Music Project has conducted music instrument drives all over the country to assist local schools with their music programs.

“I’m thrilled to bring the gift of music to these kids,” added Manilow.

­­The designated instrument drop will be the Amway Center administration entrance located on the east side of the arena adjacent to the Orlando Magic Team Store. Instruments may be dropped off Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

“Jones High School is excited that we have been chosen for The Manilow Music Project,” said Allison Kirby, Principal.  “Jones High School is one of the oldest public high schools in Florida.  Our band and chorus continue to achieve superior marks at performance assessments. While our school is 100% free/reduced lunch status and most of our students cannot afford private lessons, our students sheer determination is what has made Jones High School a premier school for music education.  We need instruments so that the musical tools match the superior talent of our children.”

The Manilow Music Project (MMP) is part of The Manilow Fund for Health and Hope. It was formed as a grass roots organization to assist local charities and programs. Its primary focus is to provide musical instruments to high schools and middle schools and to provide music scholarships at universities throughout the US, Canada, and the UK. More information on the Manilow Music Project can be found at http://www.manilowmusicproject.org/.

Tickets are available online at Manilow.com or AmwayCenter.com, in person at the Amway Center Box Office or by phone at 800.745.3000.

With worldwide record sales exceeding 85 million, Barry Manilow’s unparalleled career encompasses virtually every arena of entertainment, including performing, writing, composing, arranging, and producing. A Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee, Manilow has produced, arranged, and released more than 40 albums during the course of his career. He has also written and produced songs for Barbra Streisand, Bette Midler, Dionne Warwick, and many more. He has been honored with a Grammy, two Emmys, a Tony Award, and an Oscar nomination.

CRAWFORD HIGH SCHOOL RECEIVES NEW YAMAHA PIANO TO KICK OFF NEW MUSIC INSTRUMENT DRIVE

BARRY MANILOW DONATES NEW YAMAHA PIANO TO KICK Off NEW MUSIC INSTRUMENT DRIVE FOR CRAWFORD HIGH SCHOOL

 Public Can Donate a New or Gently Used Musical Instrument for Free Tickets to Manilow’s December 13 Holiday Concert at the Viejas Arena  

 [San Diego, CA —November 16, 2018] – Pop music icon Barry Manilow hopes others will follow his philanthropic lead as he brings his Manilow Music Project to Crawford High School. The legendary singer/songwriter plans to donate a Yamaha piano to launch a local music instrument drive. Anyone who donates a new or gently used musical instrument will receive 2 (two) free tickets (valid for pre-selected seat locations on a first come, first serve basis) for Manilow’s December 13th Holiday concert at the Viejas Arena in San Diego, CA.

The Manilow Music Project has conducted music instrument drives all over the country to assist local schools with their music programs.

“I’m thrilled to bring the gift of music to these kids,” added Manilow.

­­The designated instrument drop will be the Viejas Arena Box Office. Thursday, December 13 from 6pm to 8pm

“The students at Crawford High School are grateful for The Manilow Music Project and the work they are doing to support music education across the country, said J.P. Riley, Music Teacher. Almost all our High School families cannot afford to rent or purchase their own instruments, so without projects like this, our students would not be able to participate in and benefit from the music education they deserve.  Thank you for your support and we look forward to making the most of these resources generously provided by this project.”

The Manilow Music Project (MMP) is part of The Manilow Fund for Health and Hope. It was formed as a grass roots organization to assist local charities and programs. Its primary focus is to provide musical instruments to high schools and middle schools and to provide music scholarships at universities throughout the US, Canada, and the UK. More information on the Manilow Music Project can be found at http://www.manilowmusicproject.org/.

Tickets are available online at Manilow.com or as.sdsu.edu/viejas_arena/ in person at the Viejas Arena Box Office or by phone at 619-594-0429.

With worldwide record sales exceeding 85 million, Barry Manilow’s unparalleled career encompasses virtually every arena of entertainment, including performing, writing, composing, arranging, and producing. A Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee, Manilow has produced, arranged, and released more than 40 albums during the course of his career. He has also written and produced songs for Barbra Streisand, Bette Midler, Dionne Warwick, and many more. He has been honored with a Grammy, two Emmys, a Tony Award, and an Oscar nomination.

Brenna Tripp of Manteno Elementary School receives $5000 from Barry Manilow and the Manilow Music Project for Manteno’s music program

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The Manilow Music Project and iHeartMedia teamed up to honor “Outstanding Music Teacher,” Brenna Tripp, by giving her a VIP experience to Manilow’s concert at Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino where the pop icon has a residency. Tripp will be traveling to Las Vegas to meet Manilow before his concert on Friday, October 26.

Tripp was chosen from hundreds of nominations received by iHeartMedia via a national campaign, who reached out to their listening audience asking them to nominate a music teacher they felt deserved a VIP concert experience which included a two-night stay at Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino, dinner, two front row tickets, and a chance to meet Manilow backstage. After reviewing the nominations in an open process, iHeartMedia selected Tripp as the winner. Tripp teaches music at Manteno Elementary School in Manteno, IL outside Chicago.

“To say that I am excited about our first trip to Las Vegas, and the $5,000 for my school, is an understatement, said Brenna Tripp. “This generous donation from the Barry Manilow Music Project will be used to support the numerous creative endeavors of the young musicians of Manteno. Our little town is incredibly supportive of the arts, its teachers, and the families that call this community home. We hope to use these funds to meet the ever-expanding needs of our students and provide them with every musical opportunity that their hearts desire. I honestly have the best job and I am grateful for the opportunity to strengthen the financial support for these amazing kids.

This award is an amazing honor to receive, and I can’t thank Kaylee Aagent enough for nominating me. Music has been the greatest gift in my life. It provided me with a creative outlet in my youth. It is a powerful and life-changing force, and music continues to change my life in positive and incredible ways. Again, I am so thankful for this award and I can’t wait to share what we our young musicians of Manteno do with the donation in the future.”

“iHeartMedia is committed to serving the communities in which we live and work, and this campaign was a great opportunity to uncover incredible teachers who are positively shaping the lives of students across the country,” said Alisa Pollack, EVP, Global Music Marketing and Strategy, iHeartMedia.

The Manilow Music Project is part of Manilow’s non-profit, the Manilow Fund for Health and Hope. The mission statement of the Manilow Music Project highlights the importance of music programs in our schools and donates instruments and materials to school music programs.

More information please visit:

www.manilowmusicproject.org

Barry surprises a Humble ISD student, Eric Torres, as part of the Manilow Music Project