We’re always pleased to see music education initiatives anywhere in the world being supported, as it shows what’s possible and highlights how fundamental provision is. MIA member Reverb has been busy benefitting students in America.
Reverb, the largest online marketplace dedicated to buying and selling new, used, and vintage musical instruments, announced that it has issued a new round of musical instrument grants through its Reverb Gives initiative. Twenty-nine organizations received grants from Reverb to purchase musical instruments for their youth music education programs, benefiting an estimated more than 37,000 students.
Throughout the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, Reverb Gives recipient organizations have continued to show resilience by adjusting their programs to meet the evolving needs of their students. One of those organizations is Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls (WMRC). WMRC’s curriculum focuses on social justice and music technology education, and they are working to place a greater emphasis on modular synthesis, sound design, electronic music production, and DIY synth building informed by the philosophy of Afrofuturism in their programming.
“Our existing instruments and gear were not well-suited for a virtual music camp, which will now include electronic music and circuit bending components,” said LaFrae Sci, Director of Artistic Programs. “With the help of Reverb Gives, we’re pivoting our program to meet the new needs of our students — both online and in-person — and outfit a sound instruction space to house a sound system, modular synths, and recording gear.”
Since 2018, Reverb Gives has benefited over 140 organizations, ranging from nonprofits to underfunded school music programmes. To learn more about Reverb Gives, visit: www.reverbgives.com.