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Musicopia has had some big news in 2020. We’ve been following this unique music and cultural organization for years, but even more closely since Musicopia received a $100,000 Core Mission grant in 2019 to support its Drumlines program.

In late August, Musicopia’s Gift of Music program was featured on WHYY‘s You Oughta Know. You can watch here (starting at 15:15). In the segment, a young musician describes what the program means to her and other students:

“I like music. Most people like music. But I never really had an interest in making it, or knowing what that felt like, until I actually had the opportunity to do it.” She added, “I’m really glad the program’s here… You have all these kids with untapped potential, that might actually be legitimately interested in music, and they’ll never be able to find that out because they don’t have an instrument to use. It’s a lifesaver.”

In September 2020, Musicopia announced a leadership transition. Our warmest congratulations and gratitude to long-time executive director Denise Kinney, who is stepping down after 15 years of remarkable service. Best wishes to Catherine Charlton who is taking over to lead Musicopia and Dancing Classrooms. Read more in this press release.