Provide 50 Instruments for Under-Served Children

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Provide 50 Instruments for Under-Served Children
Provide 50 Instruments for Under-Served Children
Provide 50 Instruments for Under-Served Children
Provide 50 Instruments for Under-Served Children
Provide 50 Instruments for Under-Served Children
Provide 50 Instruments for Under-Served Children
Provide 50 Instruments for Under-Served Children
Provide 50 Instruments for Under-Served Children
Provide 50 Instruments for Under-Served Children
Provide 50 Instruments for Under-Served Children
Provide 50 Instruments for Under-Served Children
Provide 50 Instruments for Under-Served Children
Provide 50 Instruments for Under-Served Children
Rockin' Out
Rockin' Out

Since our last report, Can'd Aid has completed five separate instrument donations to organizations in four states, totaling 121 instruments. In January, Can'd Aid donated four guitar, cases, capos and tuners to Shiloh House in Colorado, an organization that serves at-risk youth and their families, providing services and helping them overcome trauma. Accompanying this donation was a series of lessons from drummer Tyler Thompson, of nationally touring band Fruition. Months later, teacher Molly Morgan reported that "programs like this are extremely meaningful to [our youth] and they are still talking about it."

Also in January, TUNES Ambassadors Bevin Foley of Americana band Trout Steak Revival and Abby Bryant of Abby Bryant and the Echoes started a round of virtual violin and keyboard lessons respectively. Foley was continuing a second round of lessons with the same group of students from Central Music Academy in Lexington, KY and Bryant launched a new set of lessons with students for 11 students with brand new donated keyboards at Music Education & Performing Artists Association (MEPAA) in Eugene, OR. 

In March, Can'd donated a variety of percussion instruments to Central Music Academy in Lexington, KY, with plans to offer a series of lessons with drummer Mike Ashworth of Grammy-winning bluegrass band Steep Canyon Rangers in summer. A wide range of drums, guitars, microphones and thumb pianos were donated to Boys & Girls Club of Weld County in Colorado to help launch their new digital music program for at-risk teens. In honor of International Women's Day, nine complete violin setups were donated to MEPAA, an organization that "creates encouraging, positive spaces for artistic expression for women and youth artists, and fosters mentor relationships between developing and established artists." The violin donations were direct-to-student, and accompanied by a series of five personalized virtual lessons with Bevin Foley. These lessons aim to increase confidence, inspire and empower the female students by fostering a relationship with a professional female musician. Three lessons in, and Executive Director, Matrisha Armitage, reports that all students are doing great, remaining focused and dedicated regardless of the non-traditional lesson format. 

An additional set of lessons are currently in progress in Austin, TX for teens at Kids in a New Groove, an organization dedicated to "empowering youth in foster care to transform their futures through music mentorship." Complete guitar setups including guitars, tuners, books and gig bags were donated to five students, and Sam Wharton, of bluegrass band Songs from the Road Band is teaching students the basics and imparting his knowledge and wisdom to the next generation of musicians. As Covid restrictions continue to lift in schools nationwide, we are looking forward to drawing from the knowledge gained from virtual lessons and direct-to-student donations to make more meaningful and impactful donations and assemblies in our more traditional in-person format.

Thank you to all who have donated and continue to support Can'd Aid's MUSIC + ARTS program! As TUNES Ambassador Sam Wharton puts it - "music will change your life if you let it."

Alyssa Lile
Program + Outreach Manager
Can'd Aid

Keyboard Lessons in OR
Keyboard Lessons in OR
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Keyboard Lessons in OR 2
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As COVID-19 related restrictions continue to evolve, Can'd Aid's virtual lesson program offers a steady source of music education and personalized attention to underserved music students cities across the U.S. In addition to virtual lessons, Can'd Aid finished out the end of the year by fulfilling the instrument and equipment requests of 22 public school teachers in 22 individual states - on just one day. 

Bevin Foley, TUNES Ambassador and violinist with Trout Steak Revival just began a third round of lessons with violin students from Central Music Academy - even putting on a "virtual recital" to which parents/guardians were invited to attend. Eight keyboards and stands were donated to Music Education & Performing Artists Association (MEPAA), and Abby Bryant of Downtown Abby & The Echoes starts a brand new five-lesson series with these students starting Sunday 1/17/21. Currently - a series of stand up bass lessons are in the work, and Can'd Aid is in the process of launching virtual guitar lessons with an organization out of Colorado.

In December, Can'd Aid decided to spread a little extra holiday cheer in the form of drums, chimes, records, guitars, ukuleles and more.  Utilizing the platform, Donors Choose, where public school programs list their music program needs, seeking donations of any size - Can'd Aid fulfilled the requests of 22 public school music programs nationwide. 

As musicians continue navigating this abruptly-altered and evolving industry - our virtual lesson program is growing to forming more mutually beneficial partnerships for TUNES Ambassadors and organizations in need. $1,500 stipend for each series of five lessons in order to support them during this challenging time.

To all of those who have donated to this campaign, thank you. Since publicizing this campaign, your donations have helped Can'd Aid to launch a brand new program to adapt to evoling needs, donate 721 instruments in 2020, and offer 30 music lessons to children in need.

Alyssa Lile
Program + Outreach Manager
Can'd Aid

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Since March, Can’d Aid has been busy implementing adapted programs so that we can continue to fulfill our mission despite the challenges related to the COVID pandemic. By following CDC recommendations, adhering to evolving guidelines and restrictions, and reworking areas of our signature programming, Can’d Aid has continued to serve communities in need.

Significant modifications needed to be made to our existing TUNES program in order to support music programs in need. With schools abruptly out of session and in-person assemblies out of the question, Can’d Aid focused our efforts on partnering with multiple organizations dedicated to providing low-cost or free music education to financially disadvantaged youth. Over 25 instruments were donated to the varying organizations as well as directly to the children to take home. Small groups of students then participated in a series of five virtual, personalized music lessons with one of our TUNES Ambassadors using their brand new instruments.

Five brand new keyboards and stands were donated to five children on the waitlist for private lessons at Central Music Academy in Lexington, KY. These students’ first introduction to keyboard came from a series of five lessons with Abby Bryant, lead keyboardist/vocalist of TUNES Ambassador Downtown Abby & the Echoes. All five students are now enrolled in ongoing private lessons with Central Music Academy.

TUNES Ambassador George Guthrie of The Wooks, hosted a series of five group banjo lessons via Zoom for 7 students with Music Education and Performing Artists Association (MEPAA) in Eugene, OR. Can’d Aid donated 7 banjos and 2 stand up basses for children who receive scholarships for lessons.

“The fact that the lessons took place at all during the wildfire crisis they are dealing with is incredible, but amazingly the kids showed up each day ready and eager to play and learn. It was incredibly humbling and inspiring to see. I would love to work with you guys again should the opportunity arise, and I greatly look forward to representing Can’d Aid with the Wooks! Thanks so much! “
-George Guthrie of the Wooks

Bevin Foley, of Trout Steak Revival has finished up her first series of violin lessons with students at Central Music Academy, and is gearing up to launch a second set of lessons with the same group of children. Can’d Aid donated 11 violins to CMA, seven of which were given directly to each participating child.

With many musicians struggling to navigate an abruptly-altered industry - Can'd Aid offered participating TUNES Ambassadors a $1,500 stipend for each series of five lessons in order to support them during this challenging time.

Thank you to our donors for continuing to support our efforts as we navigate this new landscape!

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Due to the ripple effects of COVID-19, Can’d Aid volunteer centered programs are currently on hold. Once it is deemed safe and appropriate, we will get back to people powered do-goodery through adhering to all local health and safety guidelines.

The TUNES Program provides access to music and the arts in overlooked communities. Over the past decade, 80% of public schools have experienced budget cuts with music and arts programs taking the biggest hit. Learning to play an instrument and exposure to music education improves children’s mental health and overall academic performance. TUNES helps grow the next generation of musicians and music lovers and supports existing artists in various stages of their careers. Our unique model enlists the help of our nationally touring Tunes Ambassadors and pairs them with low-income school music programs across the country. By working directly with the individual schools, teachers identify a wish list of items and Can'd Aid purchases new instruments based on exactly what is needed. Tunes Ambassadors visit schools on tour: providing hands-on music workshops, live performances and the opportunity for children to engage one-on-one with professional musicians.

Tunes Ambassadors also help raise funds and awareness for our program and are eligible to receive emerging artist grants. These grants are intended to help musicians progress their careers – i.e. purchase in-ear monitor systems, release their first vinyl, extend their tour, etc. Our roster of Tunes Ambassadors is evolving, and each relationship is customized based on the needs and interests of the artists. To date, over 2,300 new instruments have been donated and 100 workshops have been conducted.

In the meantime, an update on our COVID-19 Response
From the onset of COVID-19, we have focused on programming that is authentic to our mission, achievable given global restrictions, and impactful to those negatively affected by the pandemic. We’ve been busy providing canned drinking water to those in need though food banks and for residents of the Navajo Nation Over 250,000 cans of water have been distributed since March.

We also launched the People Powered Pen Pal Network which strives to connect isolated seniors with people from other generations through old-fashioned letter writing.

In an effort to adhere to social distancing guidelines, Can’d Aid just rolled out Do-Goodery at your Doorstep - an individualized pilot program that allows folks to assemble art kits or build bikes and skateboards in the safety of their own homes. The finished items will then be donated to local children in the foster care system. Individuals and small groups can gather on ZOOM and build bikes or skateboards together, allowing engagement and camaraderie in the age of COVID.

As states begin to open up, Can’d Aid is working to revamp its onsite programs to adhere to all local health and safety guidelines. These modified volunteer events (river cleanups, bike builds, etc.) will have staggered check-in times, workstations 8 ft. apart, face masks for all attendees and ongoing sanitation efforts.

About Can’d Aid

Founded in 2013, Can’d Aid (501 c 3, EIN, 46-3692906) spreads people powered do-goodery through Tunes, Treads & Trails, Towns and Love Yur Mama efforts nationwide. Our core programs develop healthy and whole humans capable and inspired to nurture a healthy and whole planet.

Thank you for your understanding and know we will be back to providing access to music and arts in overlooked communities through the Tunes Program as quickly as we can.

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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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