August News

August 2014 Eblast

MFE Announces #KeysPics Photo Contest!

Have you ever seen or experienced an extremely cool “happening” around our Keys for the City Street Pianos in Downtown Lancaster? Ever wish you could capture that “moment” and help us document the fact that Lancaster is the “Street Piano Capital of the World”? What if you could have your picture published in Fig Magazine and/or receive a cash prize for it?

Well, now you can with the MFE’s #KeysPics Street Piano Photo Contest.

Regardless of whether you are a professional or amateur photographer, all pics are welcomed.

To enter check the details simply visit one of the Keys for the City pianos and look for the camera icon (like the one below) and scan the QR code. Or, Visit https://www.facebook.com/MFELancaster/app_610925878965605 and follow the contest entry instructions.

Submission period runs from July 18th to August 18th. You may submit as many pics as you like! Good luck!!

 Lancaster PA, “Street Piano Capital of the World”

 As you have heard (literally), Keys for the City pianos are still on the streets in downtown Lancaster. And while you’ve head those pianos, have you also heard that Lancaster is the “Street Piano Capital of the World”?  We can make this claim based on several metrics:

Consecutive Years for Program: We’ve placed pianos on the streets for five years running, the most consecutive years of any city that we are aware of.

Length of the Program:  Our pianos are out for use by the public 24/7 for over four full months. Again, a longer stretch of time than any other city we are aware of.

Piano Per Capita Ratio: Lancaster can boast of having one street piano per every 4563 residents (13 pianos for 59,325 [2013 estimate])

Piano Key Pey Capita:  We can also boast of having one piano key per 51.86 residents!

So, get you groove on and come down to tickle a few ivories on any and all of the 13 pianos. Head to the Keys Website or Music For Everyone’s Website for more information regarding locations and additional events  around the pianos. You can also follow the pianos on the MFE Facebook Page where we will be posting pictures and announcing various events and promotions relating to the pianos all summer long.

We’d like to thank the following lead sponsors for making Keys 2014 a reality, and for further solidifying Lancaster’s status as the “Street Piano Capital of the World”:

High Companies                                                                               Tell Manufacturing

The Lancaster County Community Foundation                   Falkner BMW

West End Yoga                                                                                  Patterson-Votilla Dentistry

The Demuth Museum                                                                   Fresh Coat of Lancaster

SWAN (Scaling Walls A Note At a Time)                                  Lancaster Day Care Center

The United Way of Lancaster                                                  Willow Valley Communities

 

MFE Community Piano Sponsors:

Shayne and Anne Beecher

Evolution Power Yoga

Lancaster County Motors

 

In-kind Sponsors:

Atomic Design                                                                                   Benchmark Construction

Mt. Everest Moving Company                                                    Chroma, Inc.

Gallagher & Sons Construction                                                   Go Welsh!

J.C. Snavely & Sons                                                                         Patio at Penn Stone

Ardent Construction

Piano Tuning by Dawn Herring’s Piano Service, 717-299-5392

 

Additionally we would like to thank the artists who generously donated their time and talent to create some amazing looking Pianos:

-Melissa Carroll Art &Design                                                                                                                    -Annie Schwartz

-The McCaskey High School Art Department                                                                                            -Chris Corrao

under the direction of Carrie Pyfer                                                                                                      -Jonathan Yeager

– Dave and Ellen Mowrer                                                        -Lancaster Creative Factory and Arch Street Center

-Millersville University Art Club                                                                                                                      -Eric Regester

-Root 222                                                                                     -Loryn Spangler-Jones and Kenny Reisig of Annex 24

-Amanda Kulik

 

August 20th… A Special Event in Downtown Lancaster…

Mark your calendars for Wednesday August 20th (6:00-8:00pm) for a special Keys for the City music event downtown. We’re not revealing the details yet, but rest assured, it will be “typical MFE” – FUN, UNIQUE and FONKY.

Check out Our Facebook Page  in the days to come for details!

Music Fridays Continue to Grow!

If you haven’t been downtown for a Music Friday recently, you should make it a point to attend the August 15th event. The Crowds and “buzz” around Music Fridays continue to grow with over 20 “MFE Street Spot” acts spread throughout town. This, in addition to the Mothership Stage act in Binns Park: Jake Lewis and the Clergy, and the 13 Keys for the City Pianos, makes for a truly happening downtown scene. See you August 15th.

Round Two of Camp MFE Starts August 3rd!

MFE is gearing up for the second of two summer music camps at The Ware Center in Lancaster City. We are looking forward to another week of music and fun. These two weeks of camp are the result of our efforts to broaden our in-school academic year instruction through our “MFE in the Schools” program. These initiatives are all part of MFE’s efforts to provide children, who otherwise might not have such an opportunity, quality music instruction and mentorship throughout the entire year.

Be sure to check our Youtube page for updated videos of performances for this year’s camps!

Save the Date – Saturday September 20th for the MFE Fall Barn Bash!!

 Go ahead and mark it down… In Ink! The one and only Lipbone Redding will be rocking the Barn Stage on the Gerdy Farm. If you have been to one of these, you know what we’re talkin’ bout! If not, we assure you it’ll be in your best interest to be there. Formal invitation will be mailed shortly.  If you have any questions email John Gerdy.

A Different Type of Music Event… Allegro Present: Lounge 42!

We like to try to keep you informed about unique music events in town and Lounge 42  is one. We also like to promote Allegro because they have a strong commitment to making music accessible to young people. So check it out!

On August 8th at 8:00pm, Allegro will be teaming up with local Blues masters Nate Meyers and the Aces for a night of music and fun. They will be turning the lobby of the Ware Center (42 N. Prince St.) into a lounge hotspot! Not only will there be some soulful harmonica based blues, but Allegro will be performing selections from the timeless “West Side Story”. In addition to all of this great music you can also enjoy two cocktails that are hand crafted by Aussie and the Fox!  Tickets for this event are ONLY $15 and can be purchased through Lounge 42 Event Facebook page. Don’t miss out!

Monthly Music Download!

For this month’s music download, we’re featuring another song from MFE Vol. VI. The Toy Soldiers “Tell the Teller”.  It’s available at Music For Everyone’s Website and it’s FREE! Check it out!

In the meantime, play on Lancaster you sound great!! 

Willie Marble’s Ten Tips

Willie Marble’s Ten Tips for Jivin’, Strivin’ and Survivin’ Keys for the City”

Willie Marble’s Ten Tips for Jivin’, Strivin’ and Survivin’ Keys for the City”  

  1. Get a map! You can’t play ‘emif you don’t know where they are.Go to KeysfortheCity.com.
  2. Dress Up or Dress Down.  Either way, you want to look good when tickling those ivories.
  3. If you have a friend or a group of friends who play instruments, meet them at a piano for a jam session. If you are in a band, have your group meet at a piano for a “guerilla, hit and run” concert performance. Announce it on your FaceBook page or tweet your fans 30 minutes prior and see what happens.
  4. Bring a “Bag ‘O Percussion”. Pack a few shakers and hand percussion instruments. Hand them out and immediately, everyone is “in the band”. Get people shakin’em and dancin’ and before you know it, you are in the middle of a Happenin’! Now that’s magic!
  5. Piano players look great in shades. Ray Charles sure did.  And you will too!
  6. No need to bring an electric tuner. Other instruments will need to be tuned to the piano, as there is no guarantee it will be in perfect pitch. Remember, this is not about perfect pitch, but a perfect musical moment.
  7. If you can’t play a lick, try this: Use the black keys only. Something slow.  Dreamy sort of stuff. As long as you are hitting only black keys, it’ll sound like you know what you are doing. And when someone asks, “Who wrote that song?”,you can reply, “It’s an original, of course.”
  8. Consider the Design. Twenty of them to choose from. Enough said!
  9. Take care of the pianos. They are beautiful instruments and works of art. And be respectful of those who may live, work, or sleep close by.
  10. Enjoy the music and the magic!

 

Willie Marble is a Lancaster based Blues musician.

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June News

June 2014 E-Blast

 

MFE Announces The Award of an Additional $9,000 Grants!

As many of you may know, in May MFE awarded $79,661 to schools and community arts groups in Lancaster County as part of our annual grant program. This represented the largest annual total for this program.

 

We are pleased to announce that since then we have secured an additional $9,000 in earmarked funding for School District of Lancaster music initiatives. The source of this additional money came from an individual donor and a national matching grant from the “Classics for Kids Foundation”.

 

While we were able to give almost $80,000 in grants this year, we received requests for $167,296. We’ve worked very aggressively to continue to find alternative sources of funding to close this gap,. These efforts have now born fruit and we are delighted to be in a position to award these additional funds.

 

The extra awards will not only allow for the purchase of various string instruments for several schools, but it will also fund an innovative pilot program designed to assess how iPads might be used to deliver a quality musical experience for elementary school students.

 

The iPad pilot program is significant because today’s world of declining resources has resulted in fewer music teachers. Therefore, we must provide platforms for teachers to effectively engage larger numbers of students. Computer based musical experiences offer a way to accomplish that goal.

 

Keys For the City 2014 Pianos Are On The Streets!

We’re rolling into summer so that means that Keys for the City pianos are back in downtown Lancaster. This year we are featuring 13 pianos! So, get your groove on and come down and 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 Musicforeveryone.net for more information regarding locations and additional events around the pianos. You can also follow the pianos on our Facebook page where we will be posting pictures and announcing various events and promotions relating to the pianos all summer long.

 

We would like to thank the following sponsors for making Keys 2014 a reality:

Lead Sponsors:

High Construction Company                                                           Tell Manufacturing

The Lancaster County Community Foundation                          Falkner BMW

West End Yoga                                                                                    Patterson-Votilla Dentistry

The Demuth Museum                                                                       Fresh Coat of Lancaster

SWAN (Scaling Walls A Note At a Time)                                       Lancaster Day Care Center

The United Way of Lancaster                                                      Willow Valley Communities

 

MFE Community Piano Sponsors:

Shayne and Anne Beecher

Evolution Power Yoga

Lancaster County Motors

 

In-kind Sponsors:

Atomic Design                                                                                     Benchmark Construction

Mt. Everest Moving Company                                                        Chroma, Inc.

Gallagher & Sons Construction                                                      Go Welsh!

J.C. Snavely & Sons                                                                            Patio at Penn Stone

Ardent Construction

Piano Tuning by Dawn Herring’s Piano Service, 717-299-5392

 

 MFE Continues to Add “Street Spots” to Music Friday

MFE’s has been partnering with MOOSE and Series 42 to “expand” the amount of music in downtown Lancaster during Music Fridays. Between the 12  “street spots” with busking musicians, the 13 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. And with the help of Tellus360, Moxie House, and Annie Bailey’s  we have expanded Music Friday to include East King Street. This will further enhance Music Fridays and represents another “brick in the wall” in our efforts to assist Lancaster in its development as an “arts destination”.

 

Year Three 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 a 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 three 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 two part-time instructors (Ryan Kaufman [Reeds] and Kate Umble [Brass]). Collectively, the “music mentors” worked with over 300 students per week for the 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 Millersville University Music Department ensembles performed in SDOL schools. We are looking forward to expanding this program for the 2014-2015 school year, depending on securing additional funding.

 

MFE Summer Camps Continue to Serve More Students!!

MFE, once again, will conduct two weeks of summer camp.  The first during  the week  of June 23rd, and the second during the week of August 4th.  This year, both camps will be held at the Ware Center. Mike Jamanis will be leading the camp, which will serve approximately 60 “scholarship” students. Additionally, this year will mark the second year of the inclusion of brass and woodwind instruments.

 

Save the Date – Saturday September 20th for the MFE Fall Barn Bash!!

Go ahead and mark it down… In ink! This year will be one of a kind as The Lipbone Redding Orchestra returns to the barn stage on the Gerdy farm.  Lipbone Redding has traveled the world with his guitar, sharing music and tales with audiences for the past 15 years.  He weaves funky rhythms, catchy original songs, brash humor, soulful singing, and inventive guitar playing with exotic and percussive vocal sounds such as throat singing, bass and beat-boxing, and his astonishingly realistic lip-tromboning.

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 at johngerdy@aol.com.

 

And remember… “There ain’t no party like a barn party!”

 

MFE Scholars and Buchanan Elementary record song for a movie!

Recently, students from Buchanan Elementary, under the direction of two MFE Scholars (Jordan Shomper and Andrea Kurnat) and in cooperation with Millersville University, experienced a once in a lifetime opportunity. The students recorded a song for a documentary that will be released nationally. Not only will the song be featured in the documentary, “Ricki’s Promise”, but the students will also have a chance to perform at the “red carpet” premiere hosted by Millersville University at their Visual and Performing Arts Center. At the November 23rd premiere, in addition to the screening, there will be discussions, speeches by the film crew, and a live performance featuring the Buchanan Elementary students under the direction of the MFE Scholars. So mark your calendar now! This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for these kids and they need your support!

 

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 or EITC! This credit allows a business to pledge funds to a nonprofit 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, the business could write off $9,000 of that donation! That is 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 the tax credit! If you would like more information, please contact Brendan at MFELancaster@gmail.com.

 

Ukulele Uprising!

Come join the MFE Ukulele Uprising on Tuesday evenings at 7:30 PM at the Vision Corps building at 244 N. Queen St. All are welcome to this MFE community building initiative.

 

Monthly Music Download

For this month’s music download, we’re featuring a song from MFE Vol. VI. “The Way Down” by Jessica Smucker is a track that you should certainly check out! It is available at musicforeveryone.organd it’s FREE!! Check it out!

 

In the meantime, play on Lancaster!

May News

May 2014 E-Blast

May is always a BIG month for MFE. To find out why read on:

 MFE Celebrates Awarding Almost $80,000 in Grants!!

 On Friday May 2nd, MFE celebrated the awarding of $79,661 in grants to schools and community arts groups in Binns Park in downtown Lancaster. Representatives of the schools and arts organizations were on hand to accept their “BIG checks” and to enjoy the music of some of the schools and groups that received grants. The groups that performed were: The Lafayette Elementary Band, The Burrowes Elementary Band, The Lincoln Middle School Jazz Quartet, A Drum Circle performance by SWAN, The MFE Strings, and The MFE Community Chorus.

Additionally, the Penn Square Rotary Club presented MFE with a grant award of $2,000 to support the “MFE in the Schools” program.

 

MFE Music Friday Summer Series Kicks Off on May 16th!

While Lancaster celebrates Music (third) Fridays year round, it is May through September when music activities on the streets peak, beginning at 6:00pm. Between the main stage act ( A-Train, an 11 piece Latin Band) , to the 15 or so street acts that appear on the street corners and alleyways on N. Queen, N. Prince, and King Streets, to the 12 MFE “Keys For The City” Pianos, to the music acts appearing in galleries, bars, and restaurants, there will be live music at close to 40 venues throughout downtown. So come on down and wander the streets. There will truly be Music For Everyone!

Also – Bring a can or cans of food to Music Friday to benefit the Lancaster County Council of Churches and The Loft at Millersville Food Banks. Drop off your canned goods at Lancaster Square (100 Block of N. Queen St.) from 5:00pm – 8:00 Pm.

AND… If that was not enough Music Friday activity, stop in at Lancaster Square between 5:30 and 8:00pm and add your unique artistic touch to the MFE Community Piano. Because this is a community piano, MFE believes that everyone in our community should have the opportunity to paint it. Brushes and supplies will be provided. All you have to do is bring your “artist’s eye”.

See ya on the 16th!

“Keys For The City 2014” Roll Out!

 We’re getting ready to roll out the pianos for another summer of music on the streets of Lancaster. Twelve pianos will be situated throughout the downtown area by May 16th and will remain there until late September. So, get your groove on and come down and tickle a few ivories! Head to MFE’s Website or visit the official “Keys For The City” Page for more information regarding locations and additional events around the pianos.

We’d like to thank the following sponsors for making Keys 2014 a reality:

Lead Sponsors:

High Construction Company                                                           Tell Manufacturing

The Lancaster County Community Foundation                          Falkner BMW

West End Yoga                                                                                    Patterson-Votilla Dentistry

The Demuth Museum                                                                       Fresh Coat of Lancaster

SWAN (Scaling Walls A Note At a Time)                                       Lancaster Day Care Center

The United Way of Lancaster


MFE Community Piano Sponsors:

Shayne and Anne Beecher

Evolution Power Yoga

Lancaster County Motors

 

In-kind Sponsors:

Atomic Design                                                                                     Benchmark Construction

Mt. Everest Moving Company                                                        Chroma, Inc.

Gallagher & Sons Construction                                                      Go Welsh!

J.C. Snavely & Sons                                                                            Patio at Penn Stone

Piano Tuning by Dawn Herring’s Piano Service, 717-299-5392


Reminder: MFE Ukulele Uprising!

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

 Monthly Music Download

This month’s music download is from MFE CD Sample Volume VI. Check out Jake Lewis and the Clergy’s “I Am Yours”. It is available on www.Musicforeveryone.net, AND IT”S FREE!!

In the meantime, go practice a random act of music!! You sound great Lancaster!

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