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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 19, 2015


Contact:


Cory L. Micheel-Mays, Executive Director 1006 W. Washington Avenue Jackson, MI 49203


(517) 748-6518 cmicheelmays@sbcglobal.net


The Michigan Music Education Association (MMEA) has been awarded a grant of $6,000.00 from the State of Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA). This grant was awarded through the MCACA peer review process and was one of 585 applications to compete for MCACA fiscal year 2016 funding. A portion of this grant ($650.00) was also made possible due to the support of the National Endowment for the Arts.


The mission of the Michigan Music Education Association is to advance the quality of music education in Michigan. MMEA offers professional development workshops throughout the state, performance opportunities for elementary, middle & high school students and outreach to pre-service, current and retired Michigan music educators of all experience levels.


The support of MCACA will allow MMEA to continue providing many local and state music outreach opportunities, including: 1. Elementary Choral Festivals for 3rd-6th grade students across Michigan (5 current locations: Allendale, Clinton Township, Jackson, Sault Sainte Marie & St. Johns)


2. Collegiate Conference for Michigan pre-service music educators 3. Instrumental Clinics for middle school/high school ensembles (featuring students from over 35 ensembles throughout central & southeast Michigan)


4. Elementary Honors Choir for 3rd-6th grade students throughout Michigan 5. General Music Fall Workshop 6. Honors Composition Contest


Organizations receiving a MCACA grant award are required to match those funds with other public and private dollars. Local operational support for MMEA comes from our members and those who participate in our workshops and concerts. In addition, MMEA is proud of the support it receives from JW Pepper & Son, Inc. and Musical Resources. Achieving MMEA’s mission would not be possible without the support of many volunteers. The board of directors is comprised of over 30 pre-service, current and retired music educators working with students at the elementary, secondary and collegiate level.


The MCACA peer review process allows for each grant application to be competitively considered by a panel of in-state and out-of-state arts and culture professionals. This ensures the taxpayers, who support this project through legislative appropriations, and all other visitors or residents in Michigan will have access to the highest quality arts and cultural experiences.


A complete list of grant awards around the state is available by contacting MCACA at (517) 241-4011.


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