Ear Candy Charity Quarterly Update – Q1 2011

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EAR CANDY CHARITY – Quartely Newsletter – Q1 – 2011

It has been a busy first quarter of 2011 here at Ear Candy!! There is so much good stuff going on, we hope you take a moment to read through this truncated newsletter to find out what we have been up to.

NEW Website / Social Media / Design Materials

New Website
As many of you have likely noticed, we totally revamped the Ear Candy Website. The new format is designed to streamline information and make the site easier to navigate. We’re really proud of it! Keith Fimreite, owner of Enkode Web Design, donated countless hours to make our webvision a reality. MANY thanks to Keith!!

Social Media
While we will continue to send out quarterly email newsletters highlighting our impact in the communtiy and our growth, we are sharing our perpetual flow of exciting headlines via social media. We highly encourage you to connect with us via Facebook and Twitter for the most up-to-date information. Hey, while you’re at it…tell a friend!!!

New Design Materials
With the awesome help of Monroe 68 Design we were able to create a series of freshly designed posters and brochures to bring our mission to life! Click on the images below to preview the new materials and drop us a line if you would like to help spread these throughout the community at area businesses and local hangouts to spread the word.

The Moody Blues & Ear Candy

Timeless rock stars The Moody Blues are paying it forward throughout their Voyage 2011 Precious Cargo tour, by teaming up with Ear Candy Charity to host week-long Instrument Drives® in twelve cities to support area music programs. Ear Candy is also auctioning off exclusive VIP packages in all 12 cities to benefit our mission. Learn more about this exciting partnership HERE!

CBS 5 is Paying it Forward With Ear Candy @ Tempe Market Place – 4/22 from 4PM – 8PM

Throughout March and April Ear Candy is the featured charity for CBS 5’s, Pay It Forward campaign. Click HERE to see the Ear Candy commercial CBS is running for the rest of the month.

On April 22nd, Ear Candy and CBS 5 will be hosting a fun, family friendly event at the Tempe Market Place District Stage. Check out the event details on Facebook and RSVP. Musicians Eleven Fifty Seven, CLOUD 9, and Casey Lee Smith will be performing on stage, and AZ Rhythm Connection and Remo Drums will be running interactive drum circles and activities for the kids and the young at heart. Join us for the fun.. AND SCENE!!

McDowell Mountain Music Festival – 4/29 – 5/1

The McDowell Mountain Music Festival is just around the corner!! Join us for great music, good people and lots of spring sunshine as you party with a purpose. All proceeds from the festival will benefit local children’s charities, Ear Candy and Phoenix Day. Check out the Lineup and Purchase Your Tickets, because you won’t want to miss this one!!

Instrument Drives®

West Valley – The West Valley Instrument Drive® launched on March 9th with a special performance by the Lattie Coor and Michael Anderson Elementary School Bands of the Avondale School District (Pics HERE). Ear Candy is now collecting Instruments in the West Valley at all Avondale and Glendale Fire Stations. Read a little blurb and watch a short video on CBS 5 KPHO HERE

East Valley – Ear Candy is now collecting instruments at all Tempe and Scottsdale Fire Stations. On April 22nd Ear Candy will be at Tempe Market Place for the “CBS 5 Music Instrument Drive: Pay It Forward to Ear Candy” event showcasing local bands and youth impacted by music educaiton.

Phoenix – We recently delivered instruments to Orangewood Elementary School, check out photos from the delivery HERE

BackStage Class®

Ear Candy Charity hosts music field trips to supplement traditional music education by providing children once in a lifetime opportunities to experience music in unique and impactful ways. The field trips are eye-opening events and have included tickets to concerts, trips to recording studios, radio stations and instrument manufacturers, sound checks and meet and greets with major recording artists.

Calexico Sound Check & Concert
On February 4, twenty students attended a Calexico sound check and concert, and were able to have an intimate question/answer session with Joey Burns, the band’s leader. The field trip took place at Corona Ranch in South Phoenix, a historic venue for the Latino community. This concert was made possible by Local First Arizona, State Side Presents and individual donations through Ear Candy Charity. To learn more about the event click HERE

Upcoming BackStage Class® Events

4/15/2011 – A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald at the MIM

4/29/2011 – JJ Grey & Mofro Sound Check at McDowell Mountain Music Festival

Community Partnerships

Rock Band Success
The Rock Band program at the Scottsdale Public Library has entered the second session, which will run through May 18th. The program has been a huge success, exposing 247 kids to various elements of rock music and production. Rock Band will close with a public performance by the students at the Scottsdale Public Library on May 18th. Details HERE

ASU Partnership
The Center for Community Music & Wellness is a collaboration between ASU’s Music Therapy Clinic, REMO Drums, AZ Rhythm Connection and Ear Candy Charity. To learn more about the center and the variety of programming offered click HERE

Community Involvement

Community Ally Program  – If you are a local business owner, you can be an Ear Candy Community Ally by displaying Ear Candy Brochures and materials. In exchange for the promoting Ear Candy, we will put your logo up on our website in the Community Ally section, with a link to your website site. Learn more HERE

Check Presenter Program The check presenter program enables local resturants to provide their customers with the opportunity to donate to Ear Candy at the bottom of their bill. Currently the Indigo Resturant & Lounge at the Sheraton Crescent Hotel is running the program. Local Resturants interested in participating can Email for more information.

NEW Donor / Sponsorship Levels

In addition to instruments, we need financial support to ensure our efforts continue. It is a large investment to run successful Instrument Drives®, fill the needs of schools, and track every instrument. Futhermore, many of the instruments we receive need repairs before a child can effectively use them. Please consider selecting a personal donation level to ensure ALL youth have access to music education!

Ear Candy Rock Star Club / $1,000
Backstage Class® Sponsor / $5,000
Instrument Drive® Sponsor / $10,000
Ear Candy Special Guest / $500
Other / $ ____ 


Upcoming Events – Now Listed on Facebook

April 18 – Durango Night @ The Compound Grill
April 21 – Third Thursday LIVE @ The Sheraton Crescent
April 22 – CBS 5 Instrument Drive: Pay It Forward to Ear Candy @ Tempe Marketplace District Stage
April 23-24 – The Colossal Event @ Madison Event Center
April 29-May 1– McDowell Mountain Music Festival @ The Compound Grill
May 14 – Desert Winds, an Evening of Jazz @ The MIM
May 18 – Rock Band Family Sharing Event @ The Civic Center Auditorium
May 21 – Ameri”CAN” Canned Craft Beer Festival @ Historic Downtown Chandler

Thank YOU from all of us at Ear Candy Charity!!

With your support we will continue to Impact & Empower Youth through Music Education!!


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