Phish fans give $1,500 to South Philly school’s music program

The Philly-Voice ran this story on Jun 28, 2016:

The Mockingbird Foundation spreads a love of music wherever the jam band goes

If you’re anything like me, every time a Phish show takes over the social media airwaves, you long for the days of taking pot while listening to the soothing riffs of a live jam band. It’s folly to write off Phish fans as a cultish crew beholden to hacky-sack prowess and grilled-cheese parking-lot profiteering, though.

Hold up. What? Oh, sorry, that lede’s kinda trippy. Let’s start over.

Today in supporting music education news: In advance of the Phish shows at the Mann tonight and Wednesday, The Mockingbird Foundation — an “all-volunteer nonprofit created and run by the fans of the band Phish” — announced it was giving an unsolicited $1,500 grant to the Andrew Jackson School music program’s effort to build a new rehearsal and performance space.

As you may recall, Jackson is the pre-K through 8th grade South Philly school where then mayoral candidate Jim Kenney dressed up like the Cat in the Hat and read “Green Eggs and Ham” to kindergartners. What you might not know — despite an ample amount of coverage in local media — is that the school has a rock band named “Home.”

Here’s a 2012 NBC10 segment about the program:

And here’s a short documentary about Home’s trip to Washington, D.C. to perform at the American Federation of Teachers convention:

Sure seems as if Home is a worthy grant recipient, does it not?

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