Dear <<First Name>>,
Greetings from Musicambia!
The 2016-2017 season is well underway and we are thrilled to report that the program at Sing Sing Correctional Facility is flourishing. Students are busy preparing for their first Musicambia recital and collaborating on exciting repertoire that crosses all genres.
2016-17 has also been a groundbreaking year for Musicambia fundraising. Thanks to the tremendous work of our Development Director, Rachel Hauser, and Operations Director, Caitleen Kahn, we have received $10,000 of funding from both the New York State Council of the Arts as well as the Bay and Paul Foundation. In addition to these grants, our board and staff have worked diligently throughout the year to receive over $10,000 worth of donations through our gala and private fundraising. With this added revenue stream, we are able to provide a more extensive and in-depth musical education to our students at Sing Sing Correctional Facility than ever before. This means bringing more artists, more often to enrich an ever-growing Musicambia community at Sing Sing.
We are working hard to develop Musicambia programs in other areas of the United States. We are in the midst of planning a second visit to Allendale Correctional Institution in South Carolina (see images below of our 2016 Allendale songwriting workshop and concert with Elliot Cole, Casey Robards, Cherry Duke, and myself) and are planning a new long-term project with a highly respected education institution in Indiana in partnership with the Indiana Department of Corrections.
In a time when our communities are facing an increasing divide, I am drawn to the words of one Musicambia student: “People who learn the language of music learn the language of humanity, love, and connectiveness.”
I am overwhelmingly grateful to all of you for being such a vital part of the Musicambia family. Thank you for helping to connect our world through the power of music.