In 2015, StubHub committed to put $1 million of musical instruments into U.S. public school music education programs as part of its Next Stage Social Good program. This program supports youth music education from the StubHub Foundation, a corporate advised fund at Silicon Valley Community Foundation. In partnership with artists and brands, StubHub has been distributing the musical instruments to schools in 10 markets across the United States with the support of its benefit partner, Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation.
Bringing an uplifting close to the end of the school year, the students of Brooklyn’s Frederick Douglass Academy VIII were surprised last week with a special reveal of $42,000 worth of new musical instruments, along with a surprise performance by Ithaca, New York natives, X Ambassadors, who are known for hits such as “Jungle,” “Renegades” and “Unsteady.” Other renowned artists such as Bebe Rexha, Michael Ray, Portugal the Man and The Family Crest participated with special surprise performances at other StubHub instrument donation reveals at schools across the United States.
This Brooklyn donation provided a total of 52 instruments to the music program at Frederick Douglass Academy VIII and reduced the need for students to share instruments; while marking the final donation to achieve the $1 million StubHub commitment. During the last two years, StubHub has donated almost 300 instruments with a total retail value of more than $170,000 to school programs in the New York City area, alone. Over the course of the entire 10-city program, the Next Stage Social Good program surpassed its goal to provide $1 million in musical instruments to public school music programs with a total of 817 donated instruments given to over 4,000 students across 24 schools since March of 2015.
SVCF was thrilled to facilitate the instrument donations grants and coordination of the instrument reveal events across seven U.S. cities—Oakland, Hartford, Portland, Miami, Nashville, Los Angeles and Brooklyn. We witnessed students exclaim with glee and jump for joy when they realized they can take instruments home to practice their craft. One Nashville student was moved to tears, stating that, “playing a musical instrument helped me get through one of my toughest times, the loss of my mother.”
Thank you StubHub for recognizing the importance of music education and providing underserved schools with new instruments and further enrichment opportunities!
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