BROOMFIELD (October 9, 2010) — Today, The Mockingbird Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded by fans of the band Phish, mailed unsolicited checks totaling $2,000 to three area schools to fund music education programs in connection with the start of Phish’s fall tour Sunday at the 1st Bank Center in Broomfield. The recipients are the Bal Swan Children’s Center and the Broomfield-area Music Teacher’s instrument drive, each which received $500. A special $1000 grant was given to Gold Hill Elementary to coincide with the Four Mile Fire Revival Benefit concert taking place tonight at 1st Bank Center.
The grants are part of a concerted effort by The Mockingbird Foundation to support communities touched by Phish tours, to encourage support for music education, and to help generate that support in press surrounding Phish shows.
With these grants, the Mockingbird Foundation has distributed a total of $615,000 in 42 states.
According to Broomfield resident and Mockingbird Foundation Director Marcie Vogel Frahm: “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.”
The Mockingbird Foundation is the leading provider of historical information about Phish and its music, both in print and online, having cultivated intellectual property through www.phish.net since 1994. The Foundation leverages that content, through partners and products, to fund music education for children. Operated entirely by volunteers, with no paid staff, salaries, or office, the Foundation is able to disburse more than 98% of the funds raised to important and innovative programs serving diverse populations. Due to high demand, the Foundation’s two-tiered application process remains one of the most competitive in the nation. Please consider making a donation through the Foundation’s website at http://www.mbird.org.
Phish is a rock band that started in 1983 and grew to become one of the highest-grossing live acts in the nation and are now engaged in a fall tour that includes three performances at 1stBank Center in Broomfield this weekend and 12 other shows nationwide. For more information about Phish, please visit http://www.phish.com.
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Marcie Vogel Frahm