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2/27/2016 General
House of Blue Music Forward Foundations 'Gives Music' to Myrtle Beach Youth

HOUSE OF BLUES MUSIC FORWARD FOUNDATION 'GIVES MUSIC' TO MYRTLE BEACH YOUTH
Seven Young Musicians to Receive New Instruments at House of Blues Myrtle Beach Feb. 27
Nearly $8,000 in new instruments will be presented to seven dedicated young Myrtle Beach-area musicians as part of House of Blues Music Forward Foundation’s annual Give Music program. Nationwide, Music Forward will grant instruments valued at more than $125,000 to 150 young musicians -- more than twice as many instruments than last year. The Myrtle Beach reception will take place at House of Blues Myrtle Beach on Feb. 27 at 5:30 p.m. The recipients are also invited to attend Biz Markie’s Decades Collide show taking place after the reception in the Music Hall.
“Access to music accelerates real-life skills for youth and creates a bridge to success,” said Music Forward Executive Director Marjorie Gilberg. “Give Music puts instruments into the hands of serious young musicians so they can strengthen their talent, expand their possibilities, and pursue their musical and life goals.”
Throughout the 2015 holiday season, Music Forward invited young musicians from around the country to send letters requesting new instruments and how receiving one would impact their lives. Since 2013, Music Forward has received more than 4,500 letters and has granted 350 instruments valued at more than $225,000.
“Each letter was unique and amazing, but so many told a similar story. Even if kids had access to an instrument, often times it was damaged, old, and shared among several students. They couldn’t take it home to practice or use it during summer and school breaks,” Gilberg said. “They weren’t able to do what they loved most: play music.”
In Myrtle Beach, family and friends will join the Give Music recipients to celebrate as they receive their new instruments, which include brass, woodwinds, and drums. Give Music celebrations are being held at Live Nation venues throughout the month of February in San Diego, Las Vegas, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Anaheim, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., and Orlando.
For more information about Give Music, click here. Additional Give Music images located here.
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About the House of Blues Music Forward Foundation
Founded in 1993, Music Forward Foundation accelerates real-life skills for youth using music as the bridge to success. By channeling the power of music, we help kids create pathways to productive, sustainable, and fulfilling lives. Through music industry mentorships and access to music education, we are removing the barriers between need and success. Learn more at www.hobmusicforwardfoundation.org.
About House Of Blues Founded in 1992, The 11 House of Blues are located throughout the United States and form the country’s pre-eminent group of intimate music venues. Each features state-of-the-art sound and lighting technology in one-of-a-kind custom designed environments aimed to bring fans as close as possible to the artists. Every location’s restaurant and bar is adorned with signature original folk-art – part of the world’s largest collection – combined with the House of Blues legendary hospitality and tantalizing cuisine.