Music For Everyone to Present $70,773 in Grants During May 3rd First Friday Event in Downtown Lancaster

Music For Everyone, a Lancaster-based non-profit charitable organization that raises money for music programs for schools and community groups throughout the county, will present more than $70,000 to 38 different schools and community organizations at the May 3, 2013 First Friday event in downtown Lancaster.

The award ceremony will take place at Binns Park on the 100 block of North Queen Street. Festivities will begin at 5:30 PM with live music and an official check presentation.

Music will be provided by children from Ross Elementary, Burrowes Elementary and Hand Middle Schools as well as JP McCaskey High School Orchestra.

This year’s grant award recipients are:

Adamstown Elementary School

Cocalico High School

Park Elementary School

Park and Taylor Elementary Schools

J.E. Fritz Elementary School

Conestoga Valley School District

Ephrata Intermediate School

Hans Herr Elementary School

Manheim Central High School

Brecht Elementary School

Mom’s House of Lancaster

Crispus Attucks Community Center

Aarons Acres

Bowmansville Band


Marticville Middle School

Pequea Valley Intermediate School

Abraham Lincoln Middle School

John W. Price Elementary School

John F. Reynolds Middle School

Hamilton Elementary School

Wharton Elementary School

Washington Elementary School

Reynolds Middle School

Wickersham Elementary School

Fulton Elementary School

Burrowes Elementary School

George Washington Elementary School

Abraham Lincoln Middle School

Buchanan Elementary School

E.R. Martin Elementary School

Edward Hand Middle School

Wheatland Middle School

J.P. McCaskey High School

Martin Luther King Elementary School

Bonfield Elementary School

John Beck Elementary School


“Due to the continued generous support of the Lancaster community, MFE was able to increase its yearly grant awards to over $70,000,” said John Gerdy, founder of Music For Everyone. “While we’re pleased with the positive impact these grants will have, we’re very much aware that the need remains great. That need was obvious in the almost $200,000 in requests we received. And with state funding for schools likely to be significantly cut, that need will only increase.”

“The level of gratitude that I am feeling right now is indescribable,” said Steven Barraclough of Elizabethtown High School. “There are so many facets of our program that this is going to help that I can’t even begin to articulate them. I am feeling very blessed for my students right now.

“I am so excited that McCaskey High School Orchestra is the recipient grant funding from Music For Everyone,” said McCaskey teacher Colette  Stephens. “The five violins and two cellos will be a great addition to our presently outdated instrument inventory. Our students deserve to play quality instruments of which many are unable to afford. I am gracious to Music for Everyone for providing grant opportunities for teachers to pursue what will benefit the students and raise the quality of music programs throughout the county.”

Disbursed annually in the spring, grants are awarded to support programs that increase access to music, typically for underserved populations in Lancaster County. Special attention is given to requests that support school music programs and programs that introduce children and youth to music. Since 2006, 15 of Lancaster’s 16 school districts have received a portion of the over $300,000 that has been awarded through this program.

Music For Everyone is a Lancaster-based non-profit charitable organization dedicated to raising awareness and resources to strengthen the role that music plays in schools and the community in Lancaster County.

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