What if Carole King, Alicia Keys or Norah Jones had never learned “Chopsticks” as kids? Or worse, what if they had never even been in the same room as a piano growing up, let alone had the opportunity to play one? Yeah, you can forget about belting “Fallin’” in the shower.
Cue Sing for Hope, an organization dedicated to bringing pianos into under-resourced classrooms in New York City. It’s a vital effort, considering funding for the arts has decreased by 47 percent in the past decade.
Hold up, you totally recognize Sing for Hope. There’s a reason for that: It’s the same organization that plants gorgeous, artist-designed pianos for anyone to play in parks and public spaces all over town.
Still, it’s where the pianos go next that’s totally clutch. After their time on the streets, where they inspire people of all ages who’ve never been exposed to music to tickle the ivories, the Sing for Hope pianos travel to New York City public schools so that 15,000 kids suddenly have access to them.
That’s when the magic happens. Studies have shown that children who study a musical instrument are more likely to excel in their studies, work better in teams and pursue higher education. But in order to get the pianos into schools, Sing for Hope needs to raise $100,000 by July 31. This helps cover the cost of repairing and rehabbing 50 pianos for the schools, actually moving the pianos to their new addresses and providing concerts, workshops and printed music for NYC kids to enjoy during the 2017-2018 school year.
It’s kind of a good feeling to help support the next Alicia Keys, right?