Music Empowers Foundation Announces Winner Of Its "Music Teachers Matter" Video Contest

May 09, 2013, 12:12 ET from Music Empowers Foundation

NEW YORK, May 9, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- After many creative entries and days of deliberation by the judges, The Music Empowers Foundation has announced the winner of its "Music Teachers Matter" video contest.  The event was conducted in March 2013 in honor of Music in Our Schools Month.  Participants were required to submit short videos explaining why their school's music program and its teachers are important and special to them.

The winning video stood out among all the great entries and was submitted by representatives of the Giaudrone Middle School in Tacoma, Washington.  The school will receive a $2,500 grant from Music Empowers Foundation to support and build their band, orchestra, and drum line programs.  According to Stephanie Sheppard, band director and music educator at Giaudrone Middle School, the Music Empowers' funds will be used to purchase instruments including a half size cello, clarinets, flutes, and quad drums. 

"Over 80% of the students at Giaudrone Middle School are unable to afford their own instruments," explained Andy Davis, founder of Music Empowers Foundation.  "Because of this, we are especially pleased to provide this support and knowing that the funds will provide many children with the opportunity to play music."

To view the winning video and learn more about the "Music Teachers Matter " event, visit


The Music Empowers Foundation is a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit that provides financial support to nonprofits that offer music education programs to communities with limited or nonexistent programs.  Since its inception in early 2010, it has awarded over half a million dollars in grants to organizations such as, Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation, Little Kids Rock, Neighborhood Studios, and Artists Corps of America. For more information on Music Empowers please go to, become a fan on Facebook or follow them on Twitter.

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