Indian Hill Music Receives Grants from Rollstone Bank & Trust and Workers Credit Union to Support Work in Fitchburg and Leominster
Music Education Center Provides Instrument Lessons to McKay Arts Academy, Ukulele Lessons at the Boys and Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster, and More
Littleton, Mass. (May 13, 2019) – Indian Hill Music is announcing today that its community music school has received a $5,000 grant from Rollstone Bank & Trust and a $3,500 grant from Workers Credit Union, both of Fitchburg, to provide music lessons to young people in Fitchburg and Leominster. These grants will support Indian Hill Music’s professional faculty offering free concert band instruction to middle schoolers at Fitchburg’s McKay Arts Academy and ukulele classes to youth and teens at the Boys and Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster.
“We’re grateful to both of these institutions for their support of our work in Fitchburg and Leominster,” said Lisa Fiorentino, Indian Hill Music’s Chief Executive Officer. “Rollstone Bank & Trust has donated generously to Indian Hill Music since 2013 and, in recent years, has been a leader in supporting our music outreach efforts serving high-need students in Fitchburg and Leominster. Our relationship with Workers Credit Union dates back to 2003 and they were among the first corporate sponsors of our annual Performathon, where Indian Hill Music School students and faculty play to raise funds for scholarships and educational outreach.”
Pete Robbins, Indian Hill Music’s Director of Education, added: “We are excited to bring professional music instruction to the young people who attend McKay Arts Academy and the Boys and Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster. These programs are essential to our community outreach because we believe that everyone should have the chance to participate in music.”
Indian Hill Music is in its second year working with McKay Arts Academy, a diverse Innovation School in Fitchburg. Indian Hill provides free band instrument and ensemble instruction to 57 fifth- and sixth-graders each week during the school day. Their faculty teach students how to play trumpet, trombone, flute, saxophone, clarinet, and percussion and to play as a full concert band. Indian Hill will expand its partnership to include seventh-graders during the next academic year.
“We’re proud to support Indian Hill Music as the organization expands its outreach providing music education to young people in Fitchburg and Leominster,” said Martin F. Connors Jr., President and CEO of Rollstone Bank & Trust. “Their work helping kids from underserved neighborhoods is an important part of expanding opportunities for young people in Central Massachusetts.”
Indian Hill Music recently began a partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster. Indian Hill will offer a pilot ukulele class to children ages 8 – 13 during the Club’s Summer Blast camp. The pilot will jump-start the partnership between the two organizations and, beginning in September 2019, Indian Hill will provide a full-year ukulele program.
“We’re so pleased to offer this grant to Indian Hill Music for their work with young people in Leominster and Fitchburg,” said Douglas J. Petersen, president and CEO of Workers Credit Union. “We believe in supporting cultural institutions within our communities. Helping kids access lessons in ukulele, drums, trombone, and more is an important way for us to give back.”
About Indian Hill Music:
Now in its 34th year, Indian Hill Music is a thriving regional non-profit center for music education and performance. One of only a few organizations in the U.S. that combines a community music school, professional symphony orchestra, diverse concert series, and high-impact outreach, Indian Hill Music serves 79 communities in Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire. We believe that music inspires both our hearts and minds, encourages the growth of the whole person, and is integral to the lives of everyone we serve. Our mission – to share the transformative power of music, through teaching and performing, and giving music generously when there is need – reflects the impact of music on people’s lives, and its ability to strengthen, heal, and inspire. Indian Hill Music relies on the generosity of individuals, families, businesses, and foundations to support our programs. To learn more, call (978) 486-9524 or visit www.indianhillmusic.org.
Indian Hill Music is creating a world-class education and performance center on a stunning 110-acre landscape in Groton. Anticipated to open in 2022, the Music Center at Indian Hill will include a 1,000-seat concert hall, a 300-seat performance hall, rehearsal and teaching spaces, state of the art acoustics, dynamic architecture, and lawn seating for summer concerts. The Music Center will be a regional gathering place for music education and performance of all genres for Central Massachusetts and well beyond. Learn more