Singer-songwriter Barry Manilow hopes others will once again follow his philanthropic lead as he brings his Manilow Music Project to the Cedar Rapids Community School District. The pop icon plans to donate a Yamaha piano to launch a local music instrument drive. Anyone who donates a new or gently used musical instrument one week prior to show date will receive 2 free tickets (valid for pre-selected seat locations on a first come, first serve basis) for Manilow’s April 8 show at the U.S. Cellular Center.
The U.S. Cellular Center Box Office will be the base for the instrument drive in Cedar Rapids, from April 1- 8. The public is invited to drop off their donations to the U.S. Cellular Center Box Office located at 370 1st Ave NE. The Box Office is open from Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m.
“The students and staff of the Cedar Rapids Community School District are extremely grateful for the generosity of the Manilow Music Project,” said Beth Davies, District Music Curriculum Facilitator. “As a community who values music education, we have strong music programs here in Cedar Rapids, but there is always a need to put instruments in the hands of interested students who have financial need. All instruments donated through this program will go directly to students to be used in our schools’ music ensembles for years to come.”
The Manilow Music Project has conducted music instrument drives all over the country to assist local schools with their music programs. It was formed as a grass roots organization to assist local charities and programs. Its primary focus is to provide musical instruments to high schools and middle schools and to provide music scholarships at universities throughout the US, Canada, and the UK.
“I’m thrilled to once again bring the gift of music to these kids,” added Manilow.