Play It Forward Promo
Play it Forward 3 Radio spot with added visuals
Music Matters Promo Video 2016
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DeAnne Savage
· October 31, 2017
I think music in schools is paramount to reaching kids who otherwise might not be interested in school! I love music, it's fun and therapeutic for my chronic pain too! I've been to a fund raiser and i...t's a great time and inspiring time as some of the kids come and show off their talents! See More
Shelley Tomberg
· February 28, 2015
This is an amazing organization that takes 100 percent of the money it raises from the sale of specialty license plates and donates it to music education classes in Washington State schools. Our are losing so much funding for the arts and donating to MAN is one way we can help insure our poorest schools can maintain their music programs. See More

Here is our 2018 Music Matters promo video. Thank you Dani and everyone at Pixel Dust for the excellent production!

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Did you know?

Children with music classes graduate at higher rates and have better attendance than children that don’t have music classes. (Source: McGill University, 2007)

Children with Music Classes


- Graduation Rate 90.2%
- Attendance Rate 93.3%

Children without Music Lessons

- Graduation Rate 72.9%
- Attendance Rate 84.9%


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It's Show Day!

Tonight at The Triple Door, we're pleased to present our 8th annual Play It Forward.

We're looking forward to a fun evening filled with great friends, awesome food, amazing musicians, a few fun surprises, and Pat O'Day!


Cocktail reception begins at 6pm, so be sure to get there early for a chance to bid on some super-cool raffle items before the show!


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Did you know?

America's nonprofit arts industry generates $134 billion in economic activity every year, including $24.4 billion in federal, state, and local tax revenues.
Source: Americans for the Arts


Despite this, state-level arts spending dropped from $409 million in fiscal year 2002 to 354.5 in fiscal year 2003 and declined again to $272.4 million in 2004.

Source: National Assembly of State Arts Agencies

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A research team reports that early music training dramatically enhancing children's abstract reasoning skills. These findings indicate that music uniquely enhances higher brain functions required for mathematics, chess, science and engineering.

Source: Neurological Research, Feb 28, 1997; Frances Rauscher, Ph.D., Gordon Shaw, Ph.D, University of California, Irvine


A two-year Swiss study involving 1,200 children in 50 schools showed that students involved in the music program were better at languages, learned to read more easily, showed an improved social climate, showed more enjoyment in school, and had a lower level of stress than non-music students.

Source: Weber, E.W., Spychiger, M. & Patry, J.L. (1993)

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Just a reminder that our flagship event--Play It Forward 8--is coming up this Saturday, March 17th.

We'll be raising money for public music education, and honoring the great Pat O'Day, which makes this a very special Saint Patrick's O'Day indeed!

Ticket information within the event page.

Sat 6:00 PM PDTThe Triple DoorSeattle, WA
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Music Aid Northwest is raising money for Music Aid Northwest.

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The College Entrance Examination Board found that students involved in public school music programs scored 107 points higher on the SAT's than students with no participation.

Source: Profiles of SAT and Achievement Test Takers, The College Board, compiled by the Music Educators National Conference (2002)


U.S. Department of Education data on more than 25,000 secondary school students found that students who report consistent high levels of involvement in instrumental music over the middle and high school years show "significantly higher levels of mathematics proficiency by grade 12."

Source: U.S. Department of Education NELLS88 Database


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On Saturday, March 17, Music Aid Northwest will present the first annual Washington Music Icon award to legendary Seattle broadcaster, Pat O'Day.

This award acknowledges Pat's groundbreaking efforts and far reaching influence. From his earliest days in the Tri-Cities through his 20 years on the air in Seattle, Pat has been a force in the American music scene, and was instrumental in bringing to Seattle such notable performers as The Beatles and Elvis Presley.

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Hey Music Fans!

Check out our newly redesigned website.

We'd like to thank Amber Fritz ( for creating the new look and feel. She was great to work with and totally exceeded our expectations. We highly recommend her for your web site needs.

Providing funds for people in need by bringing business and community organizations together with the talent and resources of the Northwest music industry. Thro

94% of respondents believe music is part of a well-rounded education, and that schools should offer instrument music instruction as part of the regular curriculum.

85% of Americans believe that music is a very important part of their life.

85% believe participation in school music corresponds with better grades and higher test scores.


82% of Americans wish they had learned to play a musical instrument.

Source: Gallup

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Eleven Facts about Music Education

1. Children who study music tend to have larger vocabularies and more advanced reading skills than their peers who do not participate in music lessons.

2. Children with learning disabilities or dyslexia who tend to lose focus with more noise could benefit greatly from music lessons.


3. Music programs are constantly in danger of being cut from shrinking school budgets even though they're proven to improve academics.

4. Children who study a musical instrument are more likely to excel in all of their studies, work better in teams, have enhanced critical thinking skills, stay in school, and pursue further education.

5. In the past, secondary students who participated in a music group at school reported the lowest lifetime and current use of all substances (tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drugs).

6. Schools with music programs have an estimated 90.2% graduation rate and 93.9% attendance rate compared to schools without music education, which average 72.9% graduation and 84.9% attendance.

7. Regardless of socioeconomic status or school district, students (3rd graders) who participate in high-quality music programs score higher on reading and spelling tests.

8. A Stanford study shows that music engages areas of the brain which are involved with paying attention, making predictions and updating events in our memory.

9. Much like expert technical skills, mastery in arts and humanities is closely correlated to a greater understanding of language components.

10. Young children who take music lessons show different brain development and improved memory over the course of a year, compared to children who do not receive musical training.

11. Schools that have music programs have an attendance rate of 93.3% compared to 84.9% in schools without music programs.


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We'll wrap up Play It Forward 8 with a performance by The Kings of Hollywood, Tribute to the Eagles.

The Kings of Hollywood is a faithful recreation of Eagles hits through the decades, focusing on the vocal harmony that defines this supergroup! No lack of material to draw from, that's for sure as they walk through the hits of Henley, Frey, Walsh, Felder and Schmidt and Meisner.

Welcome Gentlemen!

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Music Aid Northwest is thrilled to welcome Just One Look - A Tribute to Linda Ronstadt as a featured performer at Play It Forward 8.

Just One Look, featuring Holly Aprecio performs such hits as You're No Good, It's So Easy, Heat Wave, Tumblin Dice, Blue Bayou, Different Drum, Just One Look, and many more!

Welcome Holly and the rest of the band!

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Grace VanderWaal knows that #MusicMatters!

Access to arts education is something Grace is passionate about, especially with these programs dwindling across the country.

“It’s just not fair,” laments Grace about the erosion of arts education. “Kids should have music. Kids should have art. We deserve that.”

’America’s Got Talent’ champion Grace VanderWaal wants music education to get its time in the spotlight.