November 28, 2017 was a notable evening as Education Through Music-Los Angeles (ETM-LA) hosted the 12th Anniversary Benefit Gala. At this event, supporters from the music, film and education communities got together to honor Grammy-Winning Violinist Joshua Bell, and Veteran Music Teacher (Foshay Learning Center, Los Angeles Unified School District) Mr. Vincent Womack. The benefit Gala took place at the Skirball Cultural Center.
The Benefit Gala was hosted by Malcolm McDowell (Mozart in the Jungle), and featured a handful of special performances and presentations by Joshua Bell (Grammy winning violinist), Billy Childs (Grammy winning pianist/composer), Judith Hill (The Voice, Prince, Michael Jackson), Joanne Pearce Martin(pianist, Los Angeles Philharmonic,) Dr. Lemmon McMillan, guest Chris Botti (Grammy winning trumpeter), Foshay Learning Center Students and Education Through Music-LA Students.
Executive Director of ETM-LA Victoria Lanier welcomed co-chair hosts Lola Debney and Alecia Spendlove. Honorary chairs of the gala included music education champions and celebrities like Tony Bennett and Susan Benedetto, Jane Lynch, Michael Giacchino, Ed Helms, Randy Spendlove, Bob Saget, John Debney, Malissa Shriver, and Tavis Smiley, along with other community leaders.
Education Through Music-Los Angeles’ primary mission is to promote and support music instruction in disadvantaged schools in order to help better student’s academic performance and creative and general development.
Currently in its 12th year, ETM-LA has expanded from 2 Schools and 800 children to a planned 30 schools and approximately 15,000 schoolchildren with weekly music as part of the main curriculum in diverse communities throughout Los Angeles such as Burbank, Compton, Chinatown, Downtown LA, East Los Angeles, Pacoima, Pasadena, San Fernando Valley, South Central, and West Los Angeles.
Education Through Music-Los Angeles is an independent 501(c)3 non-profit with the mission to provide music in disadvantaged schools to enhance students’ academic achievement and creative and overall development. ETM-LA partners with inner-city schools to provide yearlong music instruction for every child in the school and is based on the ETM® model (New York, 1991).
For more info: http://www.etmla.org/
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