March for Music
Myriads of charity walks take place each year for various causes and organizations. Popular ones, such as Relay for Life, raise tens of thousands of dollars at each locally hosted event. These funds benefit the cause by either sponsoring those in need or by providing awareness of the cause and gathering more support. Following that train of thought, one question comes to mind: Why aren't there more large scale fundraising events dedicated to music education and music programs?
Well, that's where the March for Music (M4M) comes in! This event was specifically created to offer local communities the opportunity to gather together and do two things: Raise money for local music programs and advocate the importance of music in our lives. Tackling these tasks on a local level allows for local Tau Beta Sigma chapters, TBSAA Affiliates, and others dedicated to the survival and growth of music programs across the nation. The funds are raised locally and they are redistributed locally. TBSAA merely sponsors the event and monitors in a supervisory capacity.
March for Music events functions almost like hosting a convention or workshop. A budget is made, a location is procured, activities are planned, a musical performance can be scheduled, and everyone has a great time. You could think of a March for Music as an outdoor concert with a charity fundraising event splashed in.
The Tau Beta Sigma Alumni Association has taken up the reins of this endeavor, and are in the process of sponsoring two March for Music events before National Convention in 2013. There are currently two locations which are planning to host a M4M in Spring 2013 and they are located in the Southwest (South Texas) and Southeast (Atlanta, GA) Districts. Dates for these events and more information regarding them can be found below:
May 11, 2013 at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, Kingsville, TX
South Texas March for Music
March 9, 2013 at Jim Miller Park in Marietta, GA
Southeast March for Music
If you would like more information regarding these two events, feel free to contact the Head Event Coordinators: Stephanie Salazar for the Coastal Bend March for Music or Belinda Baker for the Southeast District March for Music. Any assistance or sponsorship will be graciously accepted at these events.
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