LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – He writes the songs that make the whole world sing, and now, legendary singer-songwriter Barry Manilow hopes his generosity will inspire others to keep the sound of music alive in Jefferson County Public Schools.
Manilow has donated a Yamaha piano to JCPS to launch a local instrument drive. Anyone who donates a new or gently used musical instrument to The Louisville Palace box office will receive two free tickets for Manilow's July 27 concert in Louisville.
"I'm thrilled to be able to help bring the gift of music to these kids," said Manilow.
The Louisville Palace will be the base for the instrument drive in Louisville from now through July 27. The instrument drop off location is open Monday through Friday from noon until 5 p.m. and two hours prior to any show at the Palace.
To arrange a contribution, donors should contact Sydney O'Bryan, Director of Sales & Marketing at The Louisville Palace, at 502-736-1249 or SydneyOBryan@LiveNation.com.
"On behalf of the music programs in Jefferson County Public Schools, I would like to thank Mr. Manilow and the Manilow Music Project's contributions to our students by sponsoring this musical instrument donation event in our community," said Pamela Fleitz, JCPS District Music Specialist. "Music education in our schools provides students with opportunities to be creative, a sense of accomplishment and positive self-esteem."
The Manilow Music Project 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 school and middle schools and to provide music scholarships at universities throughout the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. More information about the Manilow Music Project can be found at http://www.manilowmusicproject.org/.
Tickets to Manilow's July 27 concert are available online at Manilow.com or Ticketmaster.com, in person at The Louisville Palace Box Office or by calling 1-800-745-3000.
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