A Georgia Music Foundation Grant was awarded to The Gift of Music Foundation in 2017 for its Atlanta Public Schools After School Music Enrichment Program. The Gift of Music Foundation was established in 2015 in following the drastic reduction in music and band programs at Atlanta Public Schools. The Gift of Music now provides students in some of the most disadvantaged schools and neighborhoods in Atlanta with after-school music programs, instruments, education, mentoring and performance opportunities.

The Atlanta Public Schools After School Music Enrichment Program is led by longtime music educator and performer, Arthur McClenton, who said in 2015, “Music builds confidence. The scientific data is overwhelming concerning how music benefits the mind. But it also builds that esteem…and that ‘espirit-de-corps’ where they are able to work together and build and be productive.”

For more information, visit giftofmusic.org.