Public Can Trade a New or Gently-Used Musical Instrument For Free Tickets to Manilow’s August 4th Concert

[Milwaukee, WI—June 27, 2012] – Legendary singer-songwriter Barry Manilow hopes others will once again follow his philanthropic lead as he donates a Yamaha piano to launch a local instrument drive for the Milwaukee Public Schools. Anyone who donates a new or gently used musical instrument to Milwaukee Theatre Box Office will receive 2 free tickets (valid for pre-selected seat locations) for Manilow’s August 4th concert in Milwaukee, WI.  

“I’m thrilled to be able to help bring the gift of music to these kids,” states Manilow.

The Milwaukee Theatre, 500 W. Kilbourn Avenue, Milwaukee, WI, will be the base for the instrument drive in Milwaukee, from now through August 4th. The instrument drop off location is open between 10am–2pm Monday through Friday. To make other arrangements, call the Milwaukee Theatre Box Office at 414-908-6035.

Milwaukee is grateful for Manilow Music Project’s contributions to keep the music alive in public schools. Barry Applewhite, Principal of the Milwaukee High School of the Arts, quoted Martin Luther King Jr. and stated, “Martin Luther King, Jr. once said:  ‘The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.’ I appreciate the generous donations of Mr. Manilow because music is a part of education for many of the students that attends Milwaukee HS of the Arts.  It is the gift of music that becomes an integral part of our student’s educational lives that gives them the resources to think intensively and critically which gives many of them a voice in our society.  Mr. Manilow’s efforts symbolize the acts of “Paying It Forward”.  These precious gifts of instruments will truly create a better tomorrow for our students.”

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

Tickets are available online at or, or in person at Milwaukee Theatre Box Office, or by calling 1-800-745-3000.

With worldwide record sales exceeding 80 million, Barry Manilow is ranked as the top Adult Contemporary chart artist of all time with 47 top 40 hits. Manilow has produced, arranged, and released over 40 albums over the course of his career.