During the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina (2005) legendary producer Bob Ezrin (l) and U2’s The Edge led a team of Music Rising team members through the 9th Ward in New Orleans. Residents of that area spoke with the team giving them first-hand stories of survival and hope. The visit to the 9th Ward and the witnessing of pure devastation gave hope to Music Rising to help build and restore the spirit of music in the legendary city.
Big THANK YOU to BOLD Arts for their magnificent support of Music Rising! They are the stars of tomorrow!
“Did you miss seeing us perform in October? Don’t mis our November fundraiser for Music Rising and the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation! We are dancing, signing and making music to help replace instruments in schools impacted by hurricanes and recent natural disasters! November 18th at 10AM – 12PM at St. Matt’s Church in Hoboken, NJ!”
We would like to send a tremendous THANK YOU to ECHO: The Energy Corridor of Houston Orchestra for the wonderful night of music and their generous support of Music Rising!
So many lives will be brightened, together we will continue to bring back the music!
Thank you to CMA Country Music Association for their generous gift of $500,000 to support #musiced in Houston’s Independent School District and $200,000 to help schools affected by Hurricane Harvey through Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation‘s natural disaster relief fund, Music Rising.
Very special thank you to CMA Awards New Artist of the Year nominee, Luke Combs for helping us make this announcement a special event for the kids.
The recovery has begun in the State of Texas following the devastation of Hurricane Harvey. It made us happy to receive this beautiful photo from band director John of his student Yadira who was all smiles after receiving her replacement musical instrument from Music Rising.
There is a lot more work to be done and we thank you all for your continued support and donations.
Your contribution is greatly appreciated.
During this season of giving we’re pleased to announce that Yamaha Music USA is partnering with the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation and Music Rising to provide new musical instruments to schools affected by natural disasters.
Share your story and Yamaha will donate an instrument.
The Rock Godz Must Be Crazy – A Special Benefit for Music Rising
A Night of Storytelling True tales of the biggest icons in music from Elvis to Dylan as told by producers, rock writers, roadies and others who were there.
Featuring Mike Stoller, Dr. Demento, Artie butler, Felice Mancini, Artie Ripp and more!
November 11th at 8:00PM
Tickets are $20.
Special VIP Tickets – $100
Includes preferred seating, wine tasting and meet and greet at Upper West Restaurant, special gift bags courtesy of Shout! Factory and Rock Beat Records.
At end of Ultraviolet (Light My Way), Bono highlighted the ONE campaign, appreciation of the best of America, and then led into recognition of The Edge and Music Rising.
Bono (on tree stage, Edge on main stage):
“Ah, well… Tonight here in new Orleans we have a local hero. And if you’ll indulge me, this local hero happens to be in our band and his name is The Edge, and he is right there. (Applauds)
Some of you might know, but after Katrina, he couldn’t bear to live with the idea of you people without your musical instruments, without your rhythms, so he set up Music Rising to bring those musical instruments back to the city just as the floods were leaving. That man there. Our local hero. (Applauds)
Now he’s doing the same in Texas and Florida, working on that. Is that right, The Edge?”
As we continue to raise donations to help replace the instruments lost in schools affected by the devastation of the recent hurricanes, we are pleased to share this note of gratitude from Linda Fletcher, Director of Fine Arts, Pasadena ISD in Texas.
“There have been many tears shed over the past month as a result of Harvey, but none more welcome and beautiful than those each time I read an email from Music Rising helping our students get music instruments back in their lives after Harvey’s devastation. Now, more than ever, they need their instrument and Music Rising has made that possible for over 50 of our students. On behalf of the Pasadena Independent School District, our amazing band and orchestra directors and our precious students, please let me express our unspeakable gratitude for the generosity of Music Rising.
As a suburban district, we are often overlooked as one that serves a community of hard working families who even before the storm often struggled to make ends meet, much less find the financial means to allow their children to participate in the Fine Arts, particularly band and orchestra where obtaining a musical instrument can be daunting. Pasadena ISD, its administration and school board all believe that the Arts, and music in particular, are important building blocks in overall education. PISD is now in our 11th year as one of the Best Communities for Music Education and a large part of that is the tremendous financial investment PISD has made in making instruments available to students from every financial situation. Our annual rental policy is only $30.00 per year and when that is not feasible, we make arrangements to underwrite their rentals. The rental fees go solely toward repair and maintenance of the instruments and purchasing additional instruments when possible. After teaching elementary music and Intermediate & High School choir for 30 years in PISD, I have been blessed to serve as the Director of Fine Arts for the past 12 years. Our Fine Arts faculty now consists of 299 teachers and directors serving over 90% of our student population in K-12.
We are blessed to have been directed to you during this time of need. Words are often incapable of expressing our true feelings but in His wisdom, God gave us music. Thank you for helping us keep the music playing in our schools!
Director of Fine Arts
Pasadena, TX 77502″
A message from Music Rising co-founder The Edge. Together we can restore the music.
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