Piano Outreach of New York Awarded Grant From Music Empowers Foundation

Incorporated in 2003, Piano Outreach of New York (PONY) provides scholarships to children who cannot afford the cost of piano lessons. PONY allows its students to benefit from the same excellent, conservatory-trained musicians who teach the paying students of the Piano School of New York.

Each student receives individual piano instruction at every session, performs for and with classmates, and plays duets with their teachers. Year-end recitals at Alfred Lerner Hall at Columbia University provide a tremendous incentive and are highly rewarding to all participating students.

Each student receives individual piano instruction at Student At Piano Outreach Of New Yorkevery session, performs for and with classmates, and plays piano duets with their teachers. Year-end Student At Piano Outreach Of New Yorkrecitals at Alfred Lerner Hall at Columbia University provide a tremendous incentive and are highly rewarding to all participating students.

The Music Empowers Foundation recently announced a grant to benefit Piano Outreach of New York:

…This contribution from Music Empowers will be used to fund numerous full and partial scholarships for children during the upcoming 2012/2013 school year.
“Piano Outreach of New York is honored to receive its first grant from the Music Empowers Foundation,” said Vera Barskaya Anselmo, founder of PONY. “Like Music Empowers, we feel strongly that music education is not a luxury, but a necessity to all children as it spurs their intellectual growth and helps to develop their self esteem.”

Andy Davis, founder of Music Empowers Foundation, explained that a friend whoThe Music Empowers Foundation is one of the program’s teachers and also Music Empowers Foundationhappens to be the keyboardist for the Saturday Night Live Band introduced him to PONY. “I was able to see first hand the impact this type of program was able to have on kids who otherwise would have little chance of receiving this level of music education,” said Mr. Davis. “It was only a matter of time until we decided to lend our support.”

To find out more Piano Outreach of New York visit www.pianooutreach.org.

Music Empowers Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit that provides financial support to nonprofits that offer music education programs to communities with limited or nonexistent programs. Since its inception in early 2010, it has awarded nearly half a million dollars in grants to organizations such as The Dr. Phil Foundation, Little Kids Rock, Berklee City Music, Artists Corps of America, The Quincy Jones Musiq Consortium, and DonorsChoose.org. For more information on Music Empowers please go to www.musicempowersfoundation.org.

Here is a brief glimpse of the students from Piano Outreach of New York at their instrument of choice:

Here Andy Davis, founder of The Music Empowers Foundation, discusses the value of a musical education: