Tacoma’s Ted Brown Music Outreach was recently named one of the first five organizations to receive a grant from Scott and Sandi Borchetta, leaders of Big Machine Records.
In 2015, Big Machine Records launched the Music Has Value Fund to provide financial support to organizations that support those who make music, aspire to make music, and access and appreciate music. This year, the fund awarded 15 recipients with $10,000 grants.
Ted Brown Music Outreach is a nonprofit organization with a vision to see young people improve their lives through the gift of music. With a strong belief that music enhances the quality of life by improving learning abilities, relieving stress, and providing a chance to change lives, its purpose is to put instruments in the hands of young musicians while supporting their musical activities and programs.
“When we set out on this journey a little over 15 years ago, the mission was the same then as it is now — find great artists and make great music,” BMLG President and CEO Scott Borchetta, said in a press release. “Music comes at us from all corners in all shapes and all sizes. Sandi and I feel the responsibility to continue to enable opportunities for all students to experience music-making, whether it’s the sheer joy of just doing it… all the way to successful recording artist. These first five recipients of MHV grants all have a unique take, and challenge, to carry out this mission. We applaud them and proudly support them.”
Ted Brown Music Outreach received a $10,000 grant alongside Boston’s Education Through Music; Chattanooga, Tennessee’s Chattanooga Boys Choir; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma’s El Sistema Oklahoma; and Higley, Arizona’s United Sound.
Ted Brown Music Outreach was surprised during a Zoom call with the Borchettas, which can be viewed here.