Ear Candy Charity and Glendale Pawn & Jewelry have partnered to gather greatly-needed musical instruments for Valley children. From July 22 to July 25, Glendale Pawn & Jewelry will be hosting an Instrument Drive® with the hopes of collecting in excess of 100 instruments to be used by school children across the Valley.
Due to severe budget cuts and incredibly low per-pupil spending throughout Arizona, many valley schools are being forced to decrease or cancel their music programs. The musical instruments collected during the three day event will be placed with area schools of need. Every instrument will be tracked and the original donor will be notified as to where their instrument is making an impact. Additionally, anyone who donates a gently used instrument during the event will receive a free $10.00 gift card to Streets of New York restaurants as a gesture of thanks from both organizations, limit three gift cards per person.
“It is so disappointing to know that Arizona is 49th out of 50 in per-pupil spending,” says Stan Grossman, owner of Glendale Pawn & Jewelry. “Music education and enrichment is vital to the Valley’s students and we’re grateful to be able to partner with this worthy cause.”
Glendale Pawn & Jewelry will also be donating a number of instruments from their personal collection. The shop will look to social media outlets such as Twitter and Facebook to help promote the event. For every 10 new Facebook fans the store receives on their Facebook page, they will donate one instrument to Ear Candy Charity.
“The harsh reality is that many of the music programs being cut from schools will not be coming back anytime soon,” says Nate Anderson, Founder & President of Ear Candy Charity. “Half the solution to our current and growing music education problem is collecting dust in people’s closets. “
Gently used instruments can be dropped of at Glendale Pawn and Jewelry, which is located at 6548 N. 59th Avenue, Glendale, Arizona, 85301.
For more information, visit Glendale Pawn & Jewelry online at www.arizonapawnshops.com. Glendale Pawn & Jewelry can be found on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/GlendalePawn and Twitter at @glendalepawn.
About Ear Candy Charity
Ear Candy Charity is based in Phoenix, AZ and is devoted to providing children access to music education. We fulfill our mission by supporting in school programs through instrument donations, creating after-school programs with community partners like Boys & Girls Clubs, and providing Beyond the Classroom experience to give a holistic view of music education. Ear Candy will impact well over 10,000 youth in the Arizona in 2010 while actively expanding their sustainable community driven model in other areas of the country. For the latest updates please visit: www.EarCandyCharity.ORG