Local Music Collective Awarded PA Partners on the Arts Grant for Youth Music Program
New Berlin, PA — Last summer the central Susquehanna Valley’s Local Music Collective, with over 150 members in Columbia, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder and Union Counties, celebrated its 30th anniversary. To enhance its ties to local communities and to promote opportunities for area youth to get hands-on experience with a variety of instruments, the LMC applied for and has received a grant from PA Partners on the Arts for the 2014-2015 year. The grant will provide an opportunity for young people to have a taste of the sort of musical experience that LMC members cherish.
In coordination with Lewisburg’s 2015 Celebration of the Arts, LMC members will serve as music mentors to area youth, helping them try out a variety of instruments, as well as guiding them through the process of obtaining or renting those instruments. The project will begin during the Lewisburg Arts Festival on Saturday, April 25, where LMC members will meet with and sign up young people who would like a chance to play an instrument. The following Saturday, May 2, LMC members will host a “play-shop,” where a musical “petting zoo” event will be followed by an LMC members/young players’ concert.
The LMC will be partnering with the Donald Heiter Community Center in Lewisburg to reach area youth interested in studying both instrumental and vocal music. The Heiter Center will host the LMC’s “play-shop,” including the instrument petting zoo where young people and their families can try out instruments at designated stations set up by LMC members and Robert M. Sides Music, an active partner in this program. Twelve to fifteen music stations, staffed by volunteer mentors, will be featured. Vocal music instructors will also be available. The instrument petting zoo stations may include acoustic guitar, baritone and French horns, clarinet, drums, electric bass and guitar, flute, harmonica, percussion and rhythm instruments, piano and/or keyboards, recorders, saxophone, trombone, and trumpet.
“Our goal is to give young people a chance to experience the joy that LMC members experience through music and music performance,” says Annie Clark, LMC member and Artistic Director for this grant. “Kids (and their parents) will have a chance to try out a broad selection of instrument families, to make a connection with potential instructors/mentors from the LMC, and to talk with Sides Music about instrument rentals. LMC mentors will provide assistance to students and their families as they work through the first steps of their musical instrument experience. Following the “Zoo,” fledgling musicians will have the chance to join their LMC mentors in presenting a concert for the community.
This grant award will allow the LMC to promote the pleasures and satisfactions of hands-on musical performance. By facilitating instrument access and providing musical mentors to potential and beginning young musicians, the LMC hopes to strengthen musical appreciation throughout the valley and set some of the next generation of musicians on the road to a lifetime of music enjoyment.
Additional details about the grant award opportunities will be released in coming months. This project is supported in part by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.
Photo headline: Local Music Collective members host monthly house jams. This event held in 2014 was a celebration of their 30-year long history.