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THE BORCHETTAS PLEDGE $1M TO MUSIC ED. & MUSIC THERAPY

In tandem with Giving Tuesday, Scott & Sandi Borchetta pledged today $1m to the Music Has Value fund, ensuring support for music education and music therapy programs for years to come. Administered by the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee since its launch in 2016, the fund—co-founded by the Borchettas—has given more than $125k to school music programs. 

Music Has Value, a tagline that gained national recognition during Borchetta’s run as an advisor on American Idol, was launched with custom merchandise, designed by Sandi Spika Borchetta, raising monies for the organization. With a desire to bring attention to the value of music in today’s world and the future, the Borchettas have doubled down on a commitment to create a vehicle for real change.

“The power of music can only be realized with opportunity. Whether for pure enjoyment or the desire to pursue music-making as a career, every young person should have access to musical instruments and a system of education”, says Scott Borchetta, co-founder of Music Has Value and President/CEO of the Big Machine Label Group. "We intend to help and encourage students, teachers and schools to continue to strive for musical infrastructure and continue to realize the importance of music programs. It’s a lofty goal but one we believe in and will continue to support."

The Borchettas support, serve and have been honored by many organizations, including Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, Starkey Hearing Foundation, St. Jude, TJ Martell Foundation, City of Hope, Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, Ryan Seacrest Foundation, Nashville Entrepreneur Center and other great causes.

The Music Has Value mission statement proclaims, “Providing funds to organizations which support those who make music, aspire to make music, and access & appreciate music”. Music Has Value will focus on two specific lanes throughout 2020 and beyond. The fund will continue to target K-12 schools needing instruments and resources, with an emphasis on rural areas that are often overlooked. Additionally, Music Has Value aims to enrich lives both young and old, and a portion of the dollars pledged will support music therapy programs for seniors and those battling Alzheimer’s.

“Scott and I are very passionate about helping enrich the lives of others via music,” said Sandi Spika Borchetta, Co-Founder of Music Has Value. “I grew up in small towns in Montana and Colorado. I’ve seen first-hand that many schools in small communities have little or zero funding for music programs. Our goal is to help schools get what they need to inspire and teach children the joy and gift of music. Children benefit in all areas from being involved in music programs and having access to musical instruments and the opportunity to learn music. We see a real opportunity in focusing our efforts going forward in small towns and rural areas across the country.”

For more information on Music Has Value and how you can support, visit www.musichasvalue.com.

 

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