Music4Life Receives WMEA’s “Friend of Music Award”
Music4Life has received the coveted “Friend of Music Award” from the Washington Music Educators Association (WMEA), which is comprised of music teachers at colleges and universities throughout the state of Washington. It’s the second time in five years that Music4Life has received the award.
“This award recognizes…an organization that has distinguished themselves by supporting music education in a significant way,” Scott Barnes, past WMEA President, says. “You are a most deserving recipient of this recognition…thank you for helping to make a difference in the lives of students through music education.”
Music4Life provides musical instruments to participating schools for students in need. The Seattle-based non-profit acquires instruments from adults who no longer need them, gets them repaired (if possible) and then provides them to participating public school districts for use by students in need.
“The sole purpose of Music4life is to help families across the very first barrier they encounter, the acquisition of the musical instrument in the first place,” says Music4Life Co-Founder and President David Endicott. “Even in today’s recovering economy, many families can’t even afford to rent a musical instrument. In our minds, it’s as much an educational program as it is an instrumental music program.”
Music4Life enjoys the support of notable music advocates and other community leaders like Gerard Schwarz, world-renowned conductor laureate of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra. He has endorsed the program, saying, “This wonderful program begins with children in elementary school at a time when, if they’re interested and talented in any way, they have the greatest chance of success.”
Music4Life operates programs supporting Bremerton, Edmonds, Everett, Highline, Mukilteo, Northshore, Seattle and Shoreline Public Schools.