In a recent award ceremony held at the UJA Federation Ballroom, The Music for Youth Foundation (MYF), awarded $500,000 in grant scholarships to many hopeful young musicians and innovative programs as part of their objective to aid community organizations that support and foster music education for kids.
Formed five years ago by top music industry leaders in partnership with the UJA-Federation, Music For Youth has successfully established quality music programs for New York City youth who choose to make music their life’s work.
With the aid of music industry leaders such as MYF’s President, Larry Rosen, Dave Grusin, Elliot Goldman, Mark Shimmel, Jason Flom, Hilary Rosen, Bruce Lundvall, Mitch Slater, Peter Robinson, Rupert Perry, and others, MYF has provided meaningful financial support to organizations that put music back into the lives of underprivileged public school students, via private, low or no-cost lessons, access to ensembles, and supplemental programs in their schools. To date, MYF has raised over $2.3 million through fundraising events and over $1.5 million in donations to more than 30 organizations throughout New York.
Alongside Music For Youth’s many supporters, Michael Dorf, founder and president of Manhattan nightclub, Knitting Factory will also contribute to the fundraising efforts. During the month of February, the club will celebrate its 15th Anniversary with a month-long concert series of which 10% of the proceeds will go to MFY. The highlight of the series will be a special Knitting Factory 15th Anniversary Party on February 18, where 100% of the proceeds will be donated to Music For Youth Foundation. Artists featured in February include Fred Frith & Bill Laswell, Steven Bernstein’s Sex Mob, Concrete Blonde, DJ Logic Special Project, Gordon Gano (Violent Femmes), King’s X, Girls Against Boys, Arto Lindsay, Jazz Passengers & Special Guests, and Bernie Worrell.