Music School’s Share the Music Campaign

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The Handmade Music School, a non-profit music and cultural program based in Floyd Virginia is launching a fundraising campaign this week to provide student scholarships. For the last four years, The Handmade Music School has provided private lessons, group workshops, lectures and camps dedicated to handing down the music and dance traditions of the Southern Appalachian region.

These days, many of the students of the program are unable to take workshops or lessons due to distancing and financial hardship. Many of the local children who participate in the after-school JAM (Junior Appalachian Musicians) program struggle to find the resources to take part in deeper learning experiences that in-person learning provides. To create new opportunities for students of all ages, The Handmade Music School has created a “Share the Music” campaign, with a goal to raise $5,000 for student scholarships.

The Handmade Music School has special events planned each day of the fundraising leading up to the big GiveLocal NRV day of giving on Wednesday, June 24th. Events include a livestream Handmade Music School edition of the Floyd Country Store’s famous Friday Night Jamboree on June 19th and the release of a video featuring students and staff of The Handmade Music School.

Donations are accepted in any amount, and are tax-deductible; and the Handmade Music School has set up tiers for donations that show what each amount will provide for a student in need, from $15 to cover attendance to an online workshop, to $800 to fully sponsor a student for a year (including entry-level instrument, lessons, workshops and a four-day intensive camp).

Although The Handmade Music School is not doing in-person events at this time, the school has adapted to allow folks to continue to connect, learn an instrument, and appreciate the rich history of the area. In April, the school launched “Handmade at Home,” a virtual workshop series through CrowdCast with some of the best musicians, historians, dancers, songwriters, and more. These workshops have been highly popular, and can be watched both live and after the event has taken place. The School has also been quick to adapt to online lessons and resources. The goal of The Handmade Music School is to allow all of its programming available to area youth, JAM kids, and the greater community.

“The Handmade Music School is proud to be connecting master musicians with students of all ages,” says Director Dylan Locke. “We are excited to start this scholarship program that can help this incredible music reach a much bigger audience. And during these difficult times of COVID-19, we are feeling the need to make sure we can provide learning opportunities for folks who can’t access it due to geographic or financial reasons. And friends of The Handmade Music School and Floyd Country Store can help by making a contribution to help make sure others can benefit.”

This “Share The Music” campaign will go directly to the school’s student scholarship program, allowing donors a chance to “Pay It Forward” and create opportunities for students that may not be able to otherwise afford them. The Handmade Music School is grateful for the support from the community during this campaign, and all throughout the year.

The Handmade Music School is an initiative of Floyd Creative Studios, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to the creative process in Floyd County, Virginia. All donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowable by law.

Donation Tiers – Each level covers the cost of:
$15 – Attendance to an online workshop
$40 – One 60-minute private lesson
$80 – One month of 30-minute private lessons (4 lessons)
$160 – One month of 60-minute private lessons (4 lessons) or 8 half-hour lessons
$240 – Sponsors the student for a season of private lessons (12 half-hour lessons)
$400 – Attendance to The Floyd Old Time Music Get Together (4-Day intensive camp)
$800 – Full Scholarship (entry-level instrument, 6 private lessons, 2 workshops, and 4-Day intensive camp)

The Handmade Music School
206 S. Locust St, Floyd Virginia
(540) 230-9138