New Nonprofit Music School in Hampden Township Awarded Its First Grant

Posted On On: November 30, 2015 Categories Filed Under: Member News

November 23, 2015, Mechanicsburg, PA – The Keystone Musical Arts Center (KMAC), a new nonprofit music school in Cumberland County, has received a $1,364 grant for its Experience Music program which offers a variety of unique musical experiences targeted at specific age groups.  The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA) is providing these funds through their Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts (PPA) Project Stream program, which is administered locally by Jump Street.  This is the first grant to be received by the KMAC organization which was formed earlier this year and currently offers music instruction in various locations in the Mechanicsburg area.  A fundraising campaign to build out a location to house the school will be announced, along with other initiatives and awards, at a press conference on Monday, November 30th at 11am in the Russo Room at the Jump Street offices in Harrisburg.

The Experience Music series aims to engage with individuals who don’t normally participate in hands-on music activities because of their age, economic status or lack of opportunity.  Among the programs being developed are “Sing the Story” for children ages 3-5, “Pop Musicianship” for all ages, and “Music for Seniors” where students learn to play the ukulele using songs from their era.  The classes covered by the PPA grant are scheduled to start in the spring of 2016.

Terry Selders, Executive Director of the Keystone Musical Arts Center, is grateful for the award. “I sincerely appreciate the support and recognition that we’ve received from the PCA and Jump Street.  While we must currently be focused on bringing all our teachers back together under one roof, having funding in place for programs next year is a blessing.”  He continues, “I’d also like to acknowledge TFEC (The Foundation for Enhancing Communities) for their help with this and thank them for their assistance and guidance during our start-up phase.  Jump Street and TFEC are both wonderful organizations that help stimulate the arts and education in this region, and we are thrilled to be working with both of them.”

From Jeff Copus, Art Education Director, PPA Administrator, Jump Street:  “As a Pennsylvania Partner in the Arts, we at Jump Street are privileged to administer grant programs throughout Cumberland, Dauphin and Lebanon counties for the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.  We see firsthand the impact that the arts have on those that call the capital region home.  Music enriches the lives of all, especially youths.  We are happy to award this grant to the Keystone Musical Arts Center and are excited for the work of KMAC and its students.”

Information about plans, programs, staff, facilities and fundraising will be presented at a press conference on Monday, November 30 at 11:00 AM.  The event will take place at Jump Street, 100 N. Cameron Street, 2nd Floor in Harrisburg, PA.  More details about speakers and student performers will be announced later this week.  The public is invited to attend this media event.