For those of you that have not heard or are confused MENC is in Round 2 of voting in the Chase Community Giving Campaign!! Thanks to you MENC was one of the top 100 charities in round 1 and won $25,000. Now they moved on to the 2nd round. At the end of the voting the charity with the top number of votes will win $500,000. In order to make this happen, this is where YOU come in.

How You Can Help

In order for MENC to win you must vote. It is extremely easy and takes less than 30 seconds of your time. Whether or not you have voted in the 1st round PLEASE VOTE!!! All you have to do is

  • Click on this link
  • Like Chase Community Giving (if you haven’t already)
  • Vote for MENC
Now, that was simple, but can have a HUGE impact on music education worldwide. If you want more information on the campaign or would like to follow the campaign on Twitter check out the links below.

Why Should I Vote?

In order to move on to the second round of voting each charity had to have a “Big Idea” explaining how they would spend the $500,000. MENC has some wonderful ideas on how they will help music education with the money. Here are MENC’s Big Ideas:
“Creativity, discipline, teamwork – just a few of the life-long benefits of music study. But kids across the country are losing access to music as school programs are cut back or eliminated. The most affected are those who need it most – kids in underserved communities. Your vote can make a difference for millions of kids. MENC will use $150,000 to provide 100 grants of $1000 -$2500 to school music programs in underserved areas to help students achieve success through music. We will use $150,000 to develop resources and to provide training to help teachers build music programs with strong foundations and to help those whose programs are facing budget cuts. We will use $200,000 for a national web/social media campaign to encourage kids to study music and others to support school music programs – featuring stories of teachers and students in programs that have received grants- to show what is at risk and what stands to be gained. Our BIG IDEA: The study and making of music by all!”
MENC’s mission is to advance music education by encouraging the study and making music by all. Wining this campaign would help them to continue to fulfill this mission.

Help Make the Campaign Go Viral!!

Taking the time to vote is the first step, but to help MENC win the campaign we need to make it go VIRAL! This is where the real challenge begins. After you have voted, get at least 10 or 15 of your Facebook friends to vote in the Chase Community Giving Campaign!! 
  • Post about the campaign on yours and your friends walls
  • Message your friends and tell them why to vote for MENC
  • Invite all of your friends and challenge them to invite their friends to the Facebook event Vote for MENC in the Chase Community Giving Project
Also share this video that MENC created about their “Big Idea” with all of your friends.

Do Your Part and Help Music Education

Please don’t wait, get involved in the MENC Chase Giveaway RIGHT NOW!! It only takes one click and a few seconds to help music education! With over 70,000 MENC members getting enough votes to win should not be a problem. Please help spread the word. Right now MENC is in 41st place with less than 900 votes (the first place charity has over 6,00 votes!!!). In order for MENC to have a chance at winning they need YOU to vote and spread the word. Write a blog post, share it on Facebook and Twitter. DO whatever it takes to help make this go viral. Even non music educators can still vote and help music education. We all know the state of music education in our country is grim, so please help spread the word and win one for music education!!
Check out these other blog posts for more information: Joseph Pisano
FutureMusicEducators– Andrew Ritenour
MusicEdMajor– Andy Zweibel and Andrew Ritenour