Phish fans give $2K to local schools

The Broomfield Enterprise has reported on the Foundation’s tour grants related to the upcoming Broomfield shows:

Phish fans give $2K to local schools
Enterprise staff / Posted: 10/14/2010 12:00:00 AM MDT

In advance of three sold-out Phish shows at Broomfield`s 1stBank Center Sunday through Tuesday, the Mockingbird Foundation, a nonprofit founded by fans of the band, on Saturday mailed checks totaling $2,000 to three area schools to fund music education programs.

Bal Swan Children`s Center and the Broomfield-area music teacher`s instrument drive each which received $500. A $1,000 grant was given to Gold Hill Elementary to coincide with the Four Mile Fire Revival benefit concert at 1st Bank Center on Saturday night. The grants are part of an effort by The Mockingbird Foundation to support communities touched by Phish tours, to encourage support for music education and to help generate support in press surrounding Phish shows, according to a news release.

“The recipients of these funds share an understanding of the magic and wonder of music, as well as a commitment to convey that understanding to children. The foundation is pleased to be able to support them, and hope to inspire others to support them as well,” Broomfield resident and Mockingbird Foundation director Marcie Vogel Frahm stated in the news release.

The Mockingbird Foundation is the leading provider of historical information about Phish and its music. Operated entirely by volunteers since incorporation in1996, the foundation has no paid staff, salaries or office, disbursing almost all of the money it raises in support of music education programs.

For more information or to donate to the foundation, go to mbird.org.

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