January 2014 News

Only A Few Days Left in the MFE Festival of Voices Indiegogo Campaign!!!

The MFE FOV needs you! Time is running out on your chance to be a partner in making this year’s choral festival, to be held Friday March 28, a huge success. Last year we packed the house and created tons of magical musical moments. This  year’s FOV will feature several choral acts of all sizes and styles. A donation of any amount helps us to reach our goal!! Visit the site (HERE) today and donate now!

MFE Now Accepting Grant Requests!

Need some money to enhance your school or community based music program? Starting this month, MFE will begin accepting applications for our 2013-2014 grant cycle. This year we hope to award $75,000 in grants. Grant applications must be submitted by February 15, 2014, to be considered for an award. For more information and guidelines visit the Grants section of our website HERE.


“MFE in the Schools” Update.

“MFE in the Schools” is still going strong! Michael Jamanis, Kate Umble, and Ryan Kaufman are currently working with over 300 kids per week in 8 different schools to strengthen music programs in SDOL. The program continues to be successful and is directly cultivating the power of music as an educational tool.

MFE would like to thank the following sponsors for their generous support of this program:

  • Tom and Gina Russo
  • Doug and Linda Weidman
  • The PA Council on the Arts
  • The John Fredrick Steinman Foundation


Calling all Lancaster County Musicians! It’s your time to round up your band members, sharpen your songwriting skills, and loosen up those vocal chords!! We are now accepting entries for our seventh annual MFE CD compilation. Check out the song submission website here for details. This year’s submission deadline is March 1, 2014.

Reminder: MFE Ukulele Uprising!

Come join the MFE Ukulele uprising on Tuesday evenings at 7:30pm at the VisionCorps building (244 N. Queen St.) All are welcome to this community building initiative.

MFE Download of the Month!

Sometimes you have to go into the MFE Music Vault to add a fonky, fun to the monthly music download. For, that we go back to Volume II for a tune titled “Overseas” by The Slackwater News. Head to www.musicforeveryone.org now to download this blast from the past.

 And in the meantime, Play on Lancaster!!

December News

December 2013 E-Blast

MFE and “The Extraordinary Give”

We would like to thank everyone who donated to MFE through the November 22 Extraordinary Give sponsored by the Lancaster County Community Fund. While the totals are not yet final, MFE was able to net over $10,000 as a result of your generosity. That translates into more grants to improve music programs in Lancaster County Schools and community arts organizations.


MFE Community Chorus Has Started a Crowdfunding Campaign for Festival of Voices!!

The MFE Community Chorus NEEDS YOU!! The group has started an Indiegogo campaign to help make this year’s Festival of Voices a success. Indiegogo is an online giving forum that helps raise money for causes and events, and gives an easy to use platform for doing so. The campaign’s goal is to raise the $4,000 to cover the costs of organizing and executing the widely popular choral festival. So at the very least check it out HERE, watch the video, and see what it is all about!!


MFE is Teaming up with Sparkbrass for a Pre-Holiday Benefit Concert!!

Join Music for Everyone, “MFE in the Schools” instructor Kate Umble, and her ensemble Sparkbrass for a music filled evening on December 22. This event will be hosted by the Community Mennonite Church (328 W. Orange st.) and will start at 7:30pm.In addition to a wonderful music filled evening there will also be a silent auction (great for last minute gift ideas!). So mark your calendars because December 22 with Sparkbrass is going to be a great time!

And for a look at Kate’s great work as part of “MFE in the Schools”, check out

this video.

Harvey Owen Receives 2013 MFE Award

We are Proud to announce that MFE has presented its fourth annual “MFE Award” to Harvey Owen. The MFE Award honors individuals who have demonstrated extraordinary efforts to cultivate and celebrate the power of music in Lancaster County. Currently, Harvey serves through Millersville University as the director of the Ware Center at 42 N.  Prince St. He has worked hard to make the Ware center a success, as well as a sanctuary for music and the arts. Congratulations Harvey, and thank you for understanding the power of music as a community building tool!


MFE Community Chorus Holiday Sing-A-Long

On Friday December 20, at 7:00 PM, the MFE Community Chorus, accompanied by The Duke Street Brass, will perform their holiday sing-a-long concert at the Marriot Penn Square Lobby in downtown Lancaster. So come on down and join the Chorus in song and random merriment!! For more information on the Community Chorus visit their website HERE.


Reminders: MFE’s Ukulele Uprising

Join the MFE Ukulele Uprising on Tuesday evenings at 7:30pm at the Vision Corps building (244 N. Queen St.). All are welcomed to this community building initiative.



Calling all Lancaster County musicians!! It’s time to round up your band members, sharpen your songwriting skills, and loosen up those vocal chords! Come Jan. 1 we will be accepting entries for our seventh annual MFE CD Sampler. If you would like more information, check out our website for more song submission details.


MFE Grants Are Available!!!

Need some money to enhance your school or community based music program? Starting this month, MFE will begin accepting applications for our 2013-2014 grant cycle. This year we hope to award $75,000 in grants. For more information and guidelines visit the Grants section of our website HERE.


Monthly Download

This month’s monthly download is a great track from the Jeff Grey Band titled “Dusty Man”. Go to the MFE website, Download it, spread the word, and Enjoy!!


In the meantime Lancaster, play on and happy holidays!!

November 2013

November 2013 E-Blast


Keys For the City Ends Another Successful Run!

If it is a bit quieter on the streets lately, it’s because we have taken the Keys for the City 2013 pianos off the streets. Once again, Keys was a huge success, helping to create so many magical musical moments throughout the summer. We feel that this program contributes in a significant way to Lancaster’s efforts to make our city an “arts destination”. If we can muster up enough sponsors, we’ll bring the pianos back for an encore performance next summer!!

Join MFE for a Fundraising Dinner Prepared by our Board Members!!!

Join John Gerdy, Joey McMonagle, and Soren West on Wednesday November 20 as they step up as guest chefs at On Orange (108 W. Orange St.). Our guest chefs will be preparing a three course feast for you to enjoy, with a portion of the proceeds going to support MFE’s efforts in strengthening the role that music plays in our schools and community. There will be two seatings for this culinary extravaganza, the first at 6pm and the second at 8pm. Tickets for this event are $29.95 per person plus tax and service, and feel free to bring a bottle of your favorite wine (corking fee $5.00) or beer.

For reservations and information call  717-299-5157 or email Melissa at On Orange .


MFE to Participate in Lancaster County Community Foundation Second Annual “Extraordinary Give” Program!

On November 22, LCCF is sponsoring a one-day, online giving event in which MFE will be one of the recipients. On that day, be sure to visit Extragive.org, and choose MFE and donate. Every donation is eligible to win MFE extra prize money from a $250,000 pool that LCCF has committed to the event!! This means that your donation could very quickly go from $100 to $1100, with an extra $1000 coming from the prize pool!! So give early and give often, this event is not to be missed.

This year MFE will also be teaming up with several non-profits for a “giving” event at Tellus360.

This new arts and music space in the heart of Lancaster has been generous enough to host “The Great Giving Gig”. This event will certainly be the spot to be for the November 22 Extraordinary Give. There will be live music, refreshments, live art, stage performers, and an all out fun, “giving” atmosphere. The event will run from 8am until 12am, so be sure to join us to help make this year’s EXTRAORDINARY GIVE even bigger and better than last year’s!
MFE is also teaming up with

Benchmark Construction to promote giving on the 22 with a party at Benchmark headquarters (4121 Oregon Pike, Brownstown, PA 17508). This Extraordinary event will take place from 5-8pm. There will be food, beverages, AND a live performance of the MFE String Ensemble. This event is not to be missed! For any questions about the event, or to RSVP email MFE


MFE Participating in “Gifts That Give Hope” Fundraiser.

As the Holidays are fast approaching why not consider an alternative form of gift giving this year? MFE is participating in Gifts That Give Hope

which is an alternative gift fair occurring on

November 23. Purchasing Alternative gifts is an opportunity to give back and MAKE A DIFFERENCE to the larger community and honor your friends and loved ones at the same time. Instead of purchasing traditional gifts, participants purchase meaningful donations to local and global non-profits while improving the lives of others who are not on anyone’s gift list!! So join us on November 23 from 10am-4pm at the Farm and Home Center 1383 Arcadia Rd Lancaster PA 17601. This is a great chance for you to give a child the gift of music while knocking out your holiday shopping!


Festival of Voices Will Return for 2nd Annual Event!

After a very successful first year, the Festival of Voices, a one night choral festival featuring up to seven choral groups of all sizes and styles, will be returning to Lancaster. MFE is proud to announce that this year’s Festival of Voices will occur on March 28 at 6pm at the First Presbyterian Church of Lancaster (140 East Orange St.). More details about the event will be coming soon. So, mark your calendars now, this year will be even bigger and better than the last!!


MFE Receives Grant From PA Council on the Arts!

We are pleased to announce that MFE recently received a grant of $937 for our “MFE in the Schools” program. MFE in the Schools is designed to address the “mentoring/instructional gap” in our schools by underwriting professional musicians to work alongside teachers and directly with students, providing individual and group instruction to students. The receipt of this grant is significant in that it is another piece of evidence that MFE is making a difference in our community as the PA Council on the Arts vets potential grantees very thoroughly. We look forward to building on this budding relationship in the future.


Reminders: Join The Ukulele Uprising!!

Come join the MFE Ukulele Uprising on Tuesday evenings at 7:30 pm at the Susquehanna Association for the Blind building (244 N. Queen Street). All are welcome to these MFE community building initiatives.


Monthly Music Download

This month’s music download

selection is from the newest MFE volume VI compilation CD. It is a great track from the band The Districts titled “Long Distance”. Download and dig it while you can!


As always we appreciate your interest in, and support of, Music For Everyone.


Until next time, play on, Lancaster!

September News

September 2013 E-Blast


Legendary Blues Guitarist, Bryan Lee, to appear at September 21st MFE Fall Fundraiser!!

For over 50 years now Bryan Lee has been playing the Blues to audiences throughout the world. A “Living Legend” this Blues master has performed with greats such as Buddy Guy and Kenny Wayne Shepard. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to catch Bryan Lee in an intimate performance at Music For Everyone’s Annual Fall Fundraiser on September 21st at the Gerdy Farm. The evening will include top notch music, food, and drink in a beautiful setting. There will also be an opportunity to win great auction items such as: privately catered evening by White House Chef John Moeller, a week’s stay at a private residence in Aspen CO, masterful works of art, and much more!! Tickets are $125 and can be obtained by contacting John Gerdy at 717-871-1710 or Johngerdy@aol.com. For more information on Bryan Lee check out his OFFICIAL WEBSITE
Rocking Out! Music Fridays Continue

It is happening! If you have spent any time downtown on a Third Friday of the month you have to have noticed. Like a snowball rolling down the side of a snow covered mountain, Music Friday continues to grow every month. Thank you to everyone who is helping to make Music Friday a success.


This month’s Music Friday is not one to be missed! Pig Merchants and American Babies will be performing on the “Mother Ship Stage” in Binns Park starting at 6:30 PM. With more than 30 Acts on various street corners, alleys, cafes and galleries, there is truly something for everyone.


In addition to all of the great music at the main stage in Binns Park and the many “Street Spots” throughout downtown, there will also be a “Community Percussion Parade” lead by Millersville University’s Percussion Studio. So grab a shaker or drum and join the parade of percussionists as they wander throughout downtown Lancaster drummin’, shakin’ and grinin’. The group will gather in Lancaster Square, across from Binns Park at 6:00 and begin their percussion journey at 6:30.


And if that is not enough, MFE is rounding up local artists to create sidewalk chalk art at various spots throughout the city. In short, September Music Friday is going to be a colorful, funky, jammin’ affair!


Keys for the City 2013 Drawing to a Close

As fall is fast approaching, time is running out for your chance to practice random acts of music with our Keys for the City Pianos! The Exhibit will only be available until the last week of September so get out there and tickle those ivories. We also love videos and pictures of our community members using the pianos, so if you have any and would like to share them please email them to us here. Music for Everyone would like to thank all of the Sponsors who make the Keys for the City exhibit possible:

  • Lancaster County Community Foundation
  • Tell Manufacturing
  • Lancaster International Piano Festival
  • Faulkner BMW
  • Prima Theatre
  • Cityscape Lofts
  • Environmental Recovery Corp.
  • Gallagher & Sons Construction
  • Leadership Lancaster
  • North Museum
  • Lancaster Day Care Center

MFE Community Piano Sponsors Include:

  • McConkey Surety, Insurance and Benefits
  • Lancaster County Motors
  • Shayne and Anne Beecher
  • Carr’s Restaurant
  • Integrity Bank
  • Chroma, Inc.

In-Kind Sponsors Include:

  • Patio at Pennstone
  • Atomic Design
  • Go Welsh
  • Dawn Herring Piano Tuning
  • JC Snavely & Sons
  • Bob Haynes Piano Moving
  • Benchmark Construction
  • Gallagher & Sons Construction


Without all of their generous support our Keys for the City Program would not be possible. Additionally, we would like to thank the designers and artists who generously donated their time and talent to create some amazing looking pianos:

  • Keystone Arts and Culture Center
  • Millersville University’s Art Club
  • Annie Schwartz of Sunshine Art & Design
  • Hawa of Discerning Eye
  • Kevin Lehman of Lancaster Creative Factory
  • JP McCaskey Art Department
  • Jonathan Yeager for the Wonderhead Collective
  • Root 222
  • Ellen and David Mowrer of ECMAdvisory.biz
  • Andrea Stoner-Leaman of Lancaster Creative Reuse
  • Loryn Spangler-Jones and Kenny Reisig of Annex 24

Ukulele Uprising!

Come join the MFE Ukulele Uprising on Tuesday evenings at 7:30 PM at the Susquehanna Association for the Blind building at 244 N. Queen Street. All are welcome to this MFE Community building initiatives.


Monthly Music Download:

For this month’s music download, we’re featuring another song from the newly released MFE Vol. VI. Colored Vinyl‘s “The Way That You Move”.  It’s available at MusicForEveryone.net and it’s FREE. Check it out!


In the meantime, play on, Lancaster – you sound wonderful!

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