Monday, March 26, 2012

Becoming a Sponsor

Students enjoy instruments courtesy of sponsors from DonorsChoose

This week for Music Monday, my focus is supporting musical projects. There are a number of sites where you can fund projects you'd like to encourage, including DonorsChoose, RocketHub, and Kickstarter.

At, teachers with classrooms in need make requests, and donors choose which project they would like to help. It's fun. There are MANY music-related requests to choose from, such as these, which are all from high-poverty areas:
Building a Musicians' Library: donate money for music books in Washington, DC and Durham, NC

Buying instruments: glockenspiels in Texas, rhythm instruments in California, and xylophones in Chicago.

Helping with supplies: music stands in California, trumpet and cornet cases in Oklahoma, and flash cards/other supplies for Colorado.
On RocketHub, there are a number of musicians seeking album support. You can see if there's anyone whose music appeals to you, and you can also find non-album projects such as Bryan O'Regan's Musical Walking Tours. Mr. O'Regan started with Paris and he wants to make walking tours that focus on music for every city in the world. An interesting and ambitious project!

Kickstarter has an attractive and easy-to-navigate site. Their music projects are divided into Classical Music, Country & Folk, Electronic Music, Hip-Hop, Indie Rock, Jazz, Pop, Rock, and World Music. Great projects abound! Check them out.

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