“Where words fail, music speaks”~Hans Christian Andersen
Today, it’s common to find news stories addressing school budget shortfalls, in which music and art programs are reduced or eliminated entirely. Individual families also struggle and, though it’s considered worthy, affording a musical instrument and proper training is often out of reach for many Maine youngsters.
As music opportunities are reduced for our children, there is a direct impact on the lively-hood of Maine’s music instructors. Without new generations of musicians being trained, opportunities to present and view live music performances also dwindle.
Additionally, we recognize that numerous non-profit organizations in Maine regularly want to “hire” musicians to improve the quality of social or fund-raising events, yet the non-profits often ask the musicians to donate their time. This presents a hardship for the musicians, while paying for a band represents added expense for the non-profit organizations.
The Gifts of Music has been officially recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)3, tax-exempt non-profit organization in Maine and is a member of the Maine Association of Non Profits.