Support Music -Bloggers Toolkit For MENC’s Chase Community Giving Campaign

Wow, it’s like moving a mountain!  What does it take to get the Music Community FIRED up for supporting MENC in the the CHASE Community Campaign and thus Music Education in the U.S.?   We need to mobilize now!  Sound the alarm: clang clanG claNG clANG cLANG CLANG CLANG CLANG!

MENC does a great many things for the music community and what they are proposing for the use of the $500,000 if they win -is a WORTHY cause.  WORTHY of ALL of us that support music education or have benefited by music or music education … one we  SHOULD support.

I’m asking and encouraging any of the Music Education Bloggers (In the United States or not because of your global reach) to help us promote the word about MENC by posting and rallying the troops in anyway that you can.   WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT TO AWAKEN THE SLEEPING GIANT THAT IS OUR MUSIC SUPPORTER CONTINGENCY!    To that end, I’ve put all the resources that you will need, in one place, to cut and paste in any way for your Blog(s), Facebook page(s), or Website(s).    PLEASE don’t delay -there are only 6 days left to vote and the time is NOW to rally support for this cause!  If you can post about this campaign in any way  -please do it as soon as possible.

The SUPPORT MENC MUSIC TOOLKIT:

 
Chase Community Giving Background:

Chase Community Giving was introduced in 2009 as a new way forward for giving. This unique program lets fans of Chase Community Giving vote to help determine where Chase donates millions of dollars. In total, millions of people have helped us donate $10 million to 300 winning charities in 38 states.  Th Chase Community Giving Spring 2011 will have two rounds of voting. Round 1 will begin on April 21st and run until May 4th, 2011. The 100 eligible charities with the most votes will win $25,000 and move on to Round 2. All Round 2 charities will have the chance to submit a Big Idea for how they would use a top donation of $500,000. Based on the votes received between May 19th and May 25th, 2011, one charity will be eligible for the top donation of $500,000.

MENC Mission Statement:

MENC: The National Association for Music Educations seeks to advance music education by encouraging the study and making of music by all. We believe that for today’s students to succeed tomorrow they need a comprehensive education that includes music taught by exemplary music educators. Through membership of more than 75,000 active, retired, and preservice music teachers, and with 60,000 honor students and supporters, MENC serves millions of students nationwide through activities at all teaching levels, from preschool to

What will MENC do if they win the $500,000 – The BIG IDEA:

Creativity, discipline, teamwork – just a few of the life-long benefits of music study. But kids across the country are losing access to music as school programs are cut back or eliminated. The most affected are those who need it most – kids in underserved communities. Your vote can make a difference for millions of kids. MENC will use $150,000 to provide 100 grants of $1000 -$2500 to school music programs in underserved areas to help students achieve success through music. We will use $150,000 to develop resources and to provide training to help teachers build music programs with strong foundations and to help those whose programs are facing budget cuts. We will use $200,000 for a national web/social media campaign to encourage kids to study music and others to support school music programs – featuring stories of teachers and students in programs that have received grants- to show what is at risk and what stands to be gained. Our BIG IDEA: The study and making of music by all!

Picture URLs to include from MENC that are official campaign pictures:

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MENC’s Official 30 second Chase Video:

Embed this on your site (copy the code and post)

 

Direct Link to the video: http://youtu.be/zFJMxtiLlRk

Here are the campaign links:

Here is the embedable Badge Graphic:
Chase Community Giving
Here is the embedable badge code (cut and post):

Chase Community Giving

Twitter Links for the Campaign:

Please get involved in the MENC Chase Giveaway, right now, today!   Please Blog, Facebook, Tweet, Buzz, and get the word out any way that you can.    We need to get this grass roots movement rolling!  Help out today!  Right now!  Pronto! Don’t do it tomorrow,  Don’t be lazy, Don’t delay, Don’t wait another minute!

What does it take to motivate the music masses to take 10 seconds to click a button to win $500,000?   Help me find out.  Be part of the solution. Get involved today. Help us move that mountain!

Joseph M. Pisano, Ph.D. is the creator of many education websites, a lecturer, clinician, trumpeter, and conductor. He is currently the Associate Chair of Music and Director of Bands in the Calderwood School of Arts at Grove City College in PA. He been named a TI:ME Teacher of the Year, received the JEN Jazz Educator Award and the PA Citation of Excellence. He is a past Vice President of the Technology Institute for Music Educators and the current Vice-President of the PA Intercollegiate Bandmasters Association. He also writes for DCI Magazine, Teaching Music Magazine, and is the Educational Editor for In-Tune Monthly Magazine; he has contributed hundreds of articles to various publications. Find out more at his website jpisano.com.
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