Jan 27, 2020

Can'd Aid TUNES Progress Report

Tunes Workshop
Tunes Workshop

Can’d Aid Tunes 2019 Year in Review

The Tunes program supports music and the arts both through our relationship with emerging artists (Tunes Ambassadors) and by providing public school music programs in need of brand-new instruments and music workshops for their students.

The Tunes Program helps grow the next generation of musicians and music lovers and supports existing artists in various stages of their careers. The long-term benefits of music education include increased brain function, accelerated language development, higher IQs, improved test scores and is a particularly effective therapy for at-risk youth.

Studies indicate that 80% of public schools have experienced budget cuts with music and arts taking the largest hits.

2019 Outcomes:

  • 1,000 instruments donated
  • Programming delivered to 42 low-income schools
  • Programming spread out through 23 states
  • 42 Tunes workshops given, in partnership with 20 Tunes Ambassadors

The Tunes program is funded by donors like you who believe in the importance of growing the next generation of musicians and providing every child, the opportunity to learn a musical instrument. Thank you for your continued support! With your help, we can continue to provide Tunes programming throughout the US in 2020.

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Oct 28, 2019

Tunes Update - Program Exceeds 2000+ Instruments

Escondido Tunes Workshop
Escondido Tunes Workshop

Tunes helps grow the next generation of musicians and music lovers and supports existing artists in various stages of their careers. The long-term benefits of music education include increased brain function, accelerated language development, higher IQs, improved test scores and is a particularly effective therapy for at-risk youth.

Public school funding is extremely limited, and music and arts programs are often the first areas eliminated when budget cuts are implemented. We believe having access to music and the arts is critical for brain development and fostering creativity and should be available to all children regardless of socio-economic status. Our unique model enlists the help of our nationally touring Tunes Ambassadors (current roster includes 20+ bands of different genres including Grammy Award-Winning Steep Canyon Rangers and The Infamous Stringdusters) and pairs them with Title 1 school music programs across the country. By working directly with the individual schools, Can'd Aid can provide exactly what is needed in terms of instruments, and our Tunes Ambassadors provide hands-on music workshops, live performances and the opportunity for children to engage one on one. Often, these assemblies are the first-time students have been exposed to live music and their reaction is magical. It's hard to tell who enjoys the experience more – the students or the bands!

To date the Tunes program has donated more than 2,000 instruments to schools across the country, hosted over 40 music workshops and provided small artists grants to dozens of nationally touring bands in various stages of their careers. The instrument donations and workshops have gone a long way to ensure that music remains at the forefront of a comprehensive and well-rounded curriculum.

Tunes – Community Art Mural

Capitalizing on the success of our Revolution of Joy series of murals throughout the Black Belt of Alabama and the Austin, TX mural project we implemented with high school students, we are scaling our community mural projects to other cities. By inviting an entire community to come together for a specific beautification art installation with celebrated visual artists leading the program, we are building community in a very tangible and hands-on effort. In Greensboro, Alabama we recently had nearly 100 volunteers ranging in age from 1 to 94 who picked up paintbrushes and rollers to help complete the 63-foot mural.

Working with a renowned visual artist, Can’d Aid will identify an appropriate location for a community mural and the artist will sketch the broad strokes in advance of the community participation.

The impact of public art on a community can be transformative. Community members take pride in the collaborative nature and community involvement of the event. The large murals make communities more attractive and encourage local business traffic and tourism.

Revolution of Joy Mural
Revolution of Joy Mural
Revolution of Joy Mural 2
Revolution of Joy Mural 2
Songs from the road Instrument Donation
Songs from the road Instrument Donation

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Aug 29, 2019

Mid Year Report - Canned Drinking Water

Clean water supplies are often contaminated following natural disasters. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports that fallen debris, livestock waste, untreated waste water, and even loose chemicals can all impact water quality in the weeks after devastating disasters. Further, downed power grids and damaged water infrastructure can delay the delivery of water even after it has been deemed potable for human consumption. 

To date, Can'd Aid has provided over 1.6 miilion cans of clean drinking water to communitites in need and living in post disaster conditions where water is unsafe to drink. Through working directly with local authorities and agencies, drinking water is prepared in aluminum cans and shipped where it is needed most in times of crisis.

So far in 2019, Can'd Aid has provided clean drinking water to Bomb Cyclone vistims and elderly residents of Arizona where they have experienced unprecidented heat for extened and dangerous periods of time. Over 103,200 cans of water have been shipped this year to date. 

 
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