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Dayton Performing Arts Alliance Joins With Power2give To Provide Musical Instruments To Students

CONTACT: Angela Whitehead
Interim Communications & Media Manager
Dayton Performing Arts Alliance
Dayton Ballet / Dayton Opera / Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra
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DAYTON, OH (March 6, 2014) - On Wednesday, March 5, 2014, the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance launched its first Power2Give Project at www.power2give.org/go/p/2879, in an effort to provide musical instruments to local Dayton Public School students in  Dayton Philharmonic’s innovative Q The Music Program. Power2give is the online fundraising platform introduced to the Dayton region by Culture Works on March 5, 2014, that promises to change the future of arts and cultural funding in our community.  Power2give is a “crowd-funding” effort in which many people can make contributions, from the smallest amount to very large donations and anything in between, in order to support worthy projects in the cultural life of a community.  The model has been successfully implemented in over 20 markets, including Cincinnati, Columbus, Indianapolis, and now Dayton.  Nationwide, Power2give has raised more than $4.75 million since it began in Charlotte, NC in August 2011, supporting more than 1,927 projects and 21,235 donations.

Dayton Philharmonic’s Q the Music Program is a daily, tuition-free, after-school “El Sistema”-inspired orchestra program that supports the musical, academic and social growth of at-promise youth in the Dayton community. The program’s core values include: Dedication, Responsibility, Excellence, Integrity and Teamwork.  String instruction is at the heart of every afternoon for third and fourth grade students at Dayton Public Schools’ Ruskin PreK-8 School. Students study violin, viola or cello both as part of a small group sectional and as an orchestra. “Q the Music provides children with an extraordinary experience. They become part of a very special community with two goals: to make beautiful music and to care about and support one another,” says Dayton Philharmonic Professional Musician and Q the Music Program Coordinator and Viola Teacher Leslie Dragan.

Twenty-five new students will join Q the Music in September 2014.  Dayton Philharmonic’s goal with its first Power2give project is to raise $9,532, enough money to purchase a minimum of ten violins, nine violas and six cellos – enough to provide an instrument for every new student who wants to learn to play.  Those interested in donating a gift to support Dayton Philharmonic’s Power2give project in any amount, even as small as $1, are encouraged to visit the power2give website at www.power2give.org/go/p/2879.

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About Power2Give

Power2give is a groundbreaking new website that was designed by the Arts & Science Council in Charlotte, NC, to address changing trends in philanthropic giving. The Power2give model was originated in Charlotte after the city’s united arts fund sustained a 36.8% drop in one year.  Power2give is now active in 24 communities nationwide, with Dayton being the newest.  Culture Works has launched Power2give in Dayton as a way to attract new donors to the arts while giving non-profit organizations throughout the Dayton region the ability to raise funds for arts and culture projects.  The website encourages any person in a given community to donate any amount of money they choose to fund projects established by the cultural needs of the community in which they are living.  Power2give is not part of Culture Works’ annual campaign for the arts, which raises general operating support; rather, it is a supplementary effort that allows organizations to seek funding for specific projects.  To learn more about Power2give, go to www.power2give.org/DaytonRegion/Help/Index#question1790.   

About the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance

The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance was formed in July 2012 as the result of a groundbreaking and innovative merger between the Dayton Ballet, the Dayton Opera, and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. Together, they are the largest performing arts organization in the community, offering a tremendous variety of performance and education programs and setting a new standard for artistic excellence.  Dayton Performing Arts Alliance performances are made possible in part by Montgomery County and Culture Works, the single largest source of community funds for the arts and culture in the Miami Valley. The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance also receives partial funding from the Ohio Arts Council, a state agency created to foster and encourage the development of the arts and to preserve Ohio's cultural heritage. Funding from the Ohio Arts Council is an investment of state tax dollars that promotes economic growth, educational excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohio residents.  The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance is proud to be one of five performing arts organizations in the country selected to receive a three-year "Music Alive" grant from New Music USA and the League of American Orchestras.


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