MOCKINGBIRD FOUNDATION EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR ATTENDS
INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON MUSIC EDUCATION IN TORONTO
Mockingbird Foundation Executive Director Ellis Godard is participating in a panel discussion on music advocacy at Toronto 2000, an international conference on music education held this week in Toronto. The panel also includes June Hinckely, Immediate Past-President of the Music Educators National Conference; Pat Page, Executive Director of the American Music Conference; Mary Luehrsen, Music Program Officer of the Texaco Foundation; George Bishop; and Tayloe Harding, Chair of the College Music Society Committee on Advocacy, and moderator of the panel. The panel will be held at 8:15 pm on November 1 in the Shertaon Grand Ballroom East. Mr. Godard will be available following the panel, or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Godard brings to the panel insight on an innovative effort to support music education. The Mockingbird Foundation was incorporated in 1997 by Phish fans in order to undertake fan-related projects entirely for charity. The first major undertaking, The Phish Companion, is an encyclopedic desk reference to the band and their music. The book, published by Miller-Freeman, is over 975 pages and will be in stores by Thanksgiving. The second project, Sharing in the Groove, is an album of diverse acts, each of whom was or represents an influence on Phish, playing Phish’s original music. All of the Foundation’s proceeds from both projects will go to charity, supporting music education for children.