Arts / Crowdfunding / Education

Edbacker teams with ‘Don’t Stop the Music’ for national fundraising campaign

The money will help support the collection, refurbishment and distribution of musical instruments to schools and organizations across the country.

Edbacker and DSTM want more kids to be able to enjoy musical education. (Photo by Flickr user Phil Roeder, used under a Creative Commons license)

If you follow K-12 education news at all, you’re probably aware of how budget cuts affect arts education in America’s public schools — arts programs are often considered “non-essential,” and therefore become the first to be cut when times are tough. The debate about what effect this has on the academic prospects of children is ongoing.
In this atmosphere, the online fundraising, membership management and communication platform Edbacker announced a partnership with the upcoming television project Don’t Stop The Music (DSTM) last week.
Arlington-based Edbacker will host the national fundraising campaign for DSTM with the goal of raising $250,000 to help the organization collect instruments to be donated to schools around the country.
“It is an honor to serve as the national platform for Don’t Stop The Music. The mission of DSTM aligns with Edbacker’s efforts to bring attention to the critical needs of communities across the United States,” Edbacker CEO and founder Gary Hensley said in a statement.
DSTM — the U.S. edition of a British television program — is essentially a nationwide musical instrument drive accompanied by a public television series and concert. Visit the Edbacker fundraising page to learn more about the cause.

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