November 15, 2011

The Nation’s Third Oldest College Newspaper

Volume 82, Issue 5

On a higher 'note': Non-profit provides music opportunities to youth

by Vince Schiano

Niagara County school children are anticipating more opportunities in music this upcoming fall. The Buffalo-based non-profit Music is Art will be collecting new and gently used instruments that will be cleaned, refurbished, and distributed to benefit local youth and education programs. Beginning immediately and up to Nov. 21, students and faculty in the Niagara University community will be able to donate to the cause.

Getting instruments into the hands of students is so important said MiA Founder and President Robby Takac. Thanks to Niagara University, students will gain access to instruments and be able to take advantage of instruction offered at their school. Music is Art has already collected and placed over $200,000 in refurbished instruments into the schools.

The types of instruments being collected include string instruments, woodwinds, horns, guitars, drums, keyboards, sound recording equipment, and many others. Instrument donations are accepted at three different drop-off locations: Lewiston Music in Lewiston, NY, Generations Music in Niagara Falls, NY, or outside of WNIA studio in the Gallagher Center at Niagara University. All donations given will be tax deductible.

For questions or larger donations, contact Dr. Doug Tewksbury in the Communication Studies Department at or at extension 8338, or Fred Heuer, VP of Marketing, at or at extension 8655.

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