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Carson elementary students to perform with new instruments

Carson City School District

To celebrate the arrival of several new musical instruments from the $16,000 grant for music education earned earlier this year, Mark Twain Elementary School will host an Orff & Drum Music Open House at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the multipurpose room.

In January, the school announced a $16,000 grant awarded for music education. The monies were used to purchase new musical instruments including a 50-piece world drumming set, steel drums, hand chimes and various other percussion instruments.

Christina Bourne, the school's music educator, applied for an $8,000 grant, which was later doubled through the Mockingbird Foundation, an all-volunteer nonprofit founded and managed entirely by Phish fans.

The foundation later announced 16 grants totaling $137,400 in support of music education for children at schools, centers and nonprofit organizations in 15 states.

"What better way to celebrate the arrival of new instruments than to have a performance," Bourne said. "Nothing gets young musicians more excited about playing than hearing the sound from a new instrument."

The grants came from Mockingbird's 22 rounds of competitive grant-making and were enhanced by funds from the band's own WaterWheel Foundation, which allowed the board to double three of the grant requests.

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Mark Twain Elementary School's request was one of the three where funds were doubled.

The 16 grantees were selected from 643 initial applicants who requested more than $4.4 million, far beyond the foundation's resources. Due to the high demand, Mockingbird's two-tiered online application process remains one of the most competitive in the nation. Each year, they're able to fund a slightly higher percentage of inquiries, making grants slightly less competitive, thanks to the generosity of fans supporting the foundation.

For information about the award, go to http://www.carsoncityschools.com/news/archived_news_releases/2018/music_education.