June News

June 2015 Eblast


Keys For The City 2015 Pianos Are on the Streets!

We’re rolling into summer so that means the Keys for the City pianos are back in downtown Lancaster. This year we are featuring 14 pianos! So, get your groove on and come down to tickle a few ivories and experience, first hand, why Lancaster, PA is the “Street Piano Capital of the World”!

Head to our website KeysfortheCity.com or to MusicForEveryone.net for more information regarding locations and additional events around the pianos. You can also follow the pianos on our Facebook and Instagram pages, where we will be posting pictures and announcing various events and promotions relating to the pianos all summer long.

In addition, MFE is thrilled to announce the second year that the pianos will be hitting the streets of Lititz, PA! Thanks to a partnership with Venture Lititz, we have been able to continue “Keys For Lititz”.


We’d like to thank the following sponsors for making Keys 2015 a reality:


Lead Sponsors:


MFE Community Piano Sponsors:


In-Kind Sponsors:


MFE Continues to Add “Street Spots” to Music Friday

MFE has been partnering with LOOP and Series 42 to “expand” the amount of music in downtown Lancaster during Music Fridays. Between the 15 “street spots” with busking musicians, the 14 Keys for the City Pianos, and our renewed efforts to encourage bars, restaurants, and galleries to sponsor music, beyond the “Mothership Stage” in Binns park, there will be almost 40 music acts spread throughout downtown. This will further enhance Music Friday and represent another “brick in the wall” in our efforts to assist Lancaster in its development as an “arts destination”.


Year Four of “MFE in the Schools” – Increasing our impact!

With the close of the school year upon us, we are happy to announce another successful year for “MFE in the Schools”. This program is designed to address the “mentoring/instructional gap” in school music programs. In short, you can provide each child in a class of 40 with brand new instruments, but if there is only one instructor/mentor, for the group, those instruments will never unleash their full educational potential. For the past four years, Mike Jamanis Jr.  and an assortment of high school and college student volunteers have worked in eight SDOL schools, alongside existing music educators providing both group and ensemble instruction. We’ve also been able to underwrite three part-time instructors (Ryan Kaufman [Reeds], Gentry Stoltzfus [Brass], and Angela Lansinger [Strings]). Collectively the “music mentors” worked with over 300 students per week for the entire school year. MFE in the Schools has also provided several public performance opportunities for the children and also arranged for and underwrote several in school music performances by various ensembles. Most notably, several of Millersville University Music Department ensembles performed in SDOL Schools. We are looking forward to expanding this program for the 2015 – 2016 school year.


Save the Date – Saturday September 19th for the MFE Fall Barn Bash!!

Go ahead and mark it down… IN INK! This year will be one of a kind as Mikey Junior returns to the barn stage on the Gerdy Farm. Mikey Junior burst onto the blues scene a decade ago and since that time has amassed an impressive catalog of music and praise from both music fans and industry insiders. If you have been to one of these barn bashes, you know what we’re talkin’ ‘bout. If not, we assure you that it’ll be in your best interest to be there. Formal invitations will be mailed shortly. If you have questions, contact John Gerdy.

And remember, “There ain’t no party like an MFE BARN PARTY!”


Music For Everyone Approved to receive funds from the EITC!

MFE has a great opportunity for businesses to both contribute funds to MFE and receive a tax credit at the same time. How you ask? Through the Pennsylvania Educational Improvement Tax Credit, also known as the EITC!

This credit allows a business to pledge funds to a non-profit educational organization and deduct 75-90% of that contribution as a tax credit. For example, if your business were to pledge $10,000 for two years to MFE, your business could write off $9,00 of that donation! That’s a $10,000 donation that only costs $1,000! Think about how many instruments we could provide to schools in Lancaster county, while allowing your business to benefit from a tax credit! If you would like to know more please contact Brendan at MFElancaster@gmail.com.


Millersville University Summer Music Camps!

Don’t miss out! The Millersville University Music Department is once again offering the WORLD PERCUSSION CAMP this summer at MU.

The camp will take place June 24-27 as part of the MU Summer Music Camp program open to students age 13-18. Participants will learn traditional drumming, singing, and dance from West Africa, Brasil, and the Caribbean! Students will also learn latin jazz styles and combine for sessions with our jazz camp. Topics such as background on musical and cultural context, rhythmic concepts and performance practice will also be included throughout the three day camp.

For general information,  including costs and commuter/ overnight options,  visit the camp website: http://musummermusiccamps.weebly.com/

A little about the WORLD PERCUSSION Camp:

For more information: email musiccamp@millersville.edu or call 717-871-4669 if you have specific questions.


Reminder: Ukulele Uprising

Come join the MFE Ukulele Uprising on Tuesday evenings at the Vision Corps building at 244 N. Queen St. All are welcome to this community building initiative.


Monthly Music Download

This month’s music download is from the MFE CD sampler Vol. IV. Panamama is our featured artist of the month, with their tune, “Black Magic and the Full Exposa”. Download and enjoy!


Until next time Lancaster, play on!