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Written by Melinda Steffy   
Published on Wednesday, 12 April 2017 00:00

Kids Count 2017

 

“The experience was mind-blowing. This was my first time being here and I’d like to say thank you very much because it opened up my eyes to a new world.”

—Nahsir, 11th grade, Philadelphia

 

Nahsir shared those words after a LiveConnections Bridge Session where he got to create rhythms with first-rate musicians. He danced onstage at World Cafe Live alongside an award-winning choreographer. He engaged with traditions from western Africa, Brazil, the U.S. He experienced a new world. What a gift!

You can help create that world.

We want to raise $40,000 in 10 days through our annual Kids Count Campaign. That means thousands of Philly kids being inspired by live music through our interactive Bridge Sessions. It means students writing poetry, creating their own drums, recording original songs through in-school residencies. It means learning about collaboration, identity, social change. All for FREE.

Isn’t that what we want for our kids’ education? Let’s encourage more kids like Nahsir to open their eyes and see a new world.

The Kids Count Campaign runs May 8 through May 17. Join us today!

Thanks for telling Nahsir and thousands of others that they count!

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Check out our daily photos, stories & quotes!
Day 1: Nahsir: "It opened my eyes to a new world"
Day 2: Zion: "I can do anything"
Day 3: Khalil: "We never give up"
Day 4: Gabrielle: "I am of music"
Day 5: Chris: "I want to be an artist"
Day 6: Samantha: "It brought back all that joy" - Happy 9th birthday to LiveConnections!
Day 7: Amina, Layla, Breina, N'deia: "I want a better world now"
Day 8: Diego: "It's made a big difference"

 

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P.S. Spread the word! Tag @LiveConnections #KidsCount2017 on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, and follow us for more stories about the impact of music on kids.

 

Latest News

LiveConnections Announces 2017-18 Season of Community Collaboration

September 13, 2017 — Can music build community? This season’s performances provide the opportunity for musicians to create distinctive, boundary-blurring music, often involving new commissions and world premieres, while collaborating with members of the greater Philadelphia community and beyond. Programs include performances by Fifth House Ensemble, Jason Vieaux, VOCES8, Kinan Azmeh, Aizuri Quartet, and more.

LiveConnections Honors Drexel ExCITe Center’s Youngmoo Kim at Big Hurrah Celebration

August 22, 2017 — LiveConnections is thrilled to honor Youngmoo Kim, director of Drexel University’s ExCITe Center, with our 3rd annual Connector Award at this year's Big Hurrah on November 14. The evening will also include performances from Andrew Lipke, Angela Zator Nelson, David Rosen, Allen Pinkney, Luke Carlos O’Reilly, Kwasi Burgee, and more!

Announcing Hill-Freedman World Academy's album "First Verse" | July reflections from executive director Melinda Steffy

July 5, 2017 — Sometimes a simple connection takes on a life of its own. Read more from executive director Melinda Steffy about the making of the Hill-Freedman album, "First Verse".

It's been an inspiring season | June reflections from executive director Melinda Steffy

June 14, 2017 — We've had an inspiring year here at LiveConnections. 4600 participants in our educational programs, 5 commissions of new concert music, more than 45 tremendously talented artists. Take a look at our 2016-2017 year in review.

LA Opera’s Elizabeth Zharoff and Award-Winning Double Bassist Xavier Foley Team Up to Premiere Video Game Music at LiveConnections

April 25, 2017 — On June 2, two Curtis Institute grads will present an evening of classical tunes and original video game compositions at LiveConnections, in residence at World Cafe Live.

 

Kids Count 2017

April 17, 2017 — Help us raise $40,000 in 10 days through our annual Kids Count Campaign! Proceeds support our interactive Bridge Sessions; our in-school residencies where students write poetry, create their own drums and record original songs; our distinctive music education that inspires learning about collaboration, identity, social change and more.

Impact that can't be quantified | April reflections from executive director Melinda Steffy

April 3, 2017 — So much of what LiveConnections does can't be quantified. Read more from executive director Melinda Steffy about our impact on relationships, identity, opportunity and inspiration.

 

Grammy Award-Winning Jazz Bassist John Patitucci Teams Up With Daedalus Quartet In Philadelphia

March 8, 2017 — LiveConnections presents the unique pairing of John Patitucci and Daedalus Quartet on April 18 (during Philly Celebrates Jazz month), featuring world premieres of newly-commissioned music.

 

Seeds that grew into branches | March reflections from executive director Melinda Steffy

March 1, 2017 — "Seeds that grew into branches." That's how vocalist Allen Pinkney described spirituals' influence on other styles of music, such as blues, jazz, gospel and hip-hop. Read more from executive director Melinda Steffy about musical family trees and new ideas taking root.

The people are the best part | February reflections from executive director Melinda Steffy

February 2, 2017 — With "collaborative music-making" as part of our mission, we get to cross paths with a lot of remarkable people. Read more from executive director Melinda Steffy about what some of our artist collaborators have been up to recently.

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Drexel University

 

Fox Rothschild

 

Philly Music Fest

 

World Cafe Live

 

WXPN

 

 

$2500 Collaboration Sponsor

Brandywine Realty

 

Cenero

 

Deloitte

 

Dranoff Properties

 

Pepper Hamilton

 

University of Pennsylvania

 

WRTI

 

 

$1000 Connecting Sponsors

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Cozen O'Connor

 

Curtis Institute of Music

 

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$500 Sponsors
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W. Michael Tuman, DMD
University City Science Center

 

 

Connector Award
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Foundation Support 2016-2017:
Stockton Rush Bartol Foundation
Corrine R. & Henry Bower Memorial Trust
CHG Charitable Trust
Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation
The Allen Hilles Fund
Independence Foundation
Patricia Kind Family Foundation
Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation
Christopher Ludwick Foundation
The Presser Foundation
Rosenlund Family Foundation
Caroline J.S. Sanders Trust
The Scholler Foundation
Howell Lockhart Seiple Trust
Seybert Foundation
Joseph Kennard Skilling Trust
Paula Steinebach Trust
Strauss Foundation
Union Benevolent Association
Henrietta Tower Wurts Memorial
Wyncote Foundation

 

 

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LiveConnections is supported in part by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

 

 

Additional support provided in part by the Philadelphia Cultural Fund.

 

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