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Help Music is Art win big

Music is Art, the non-profit organization dedicated to enriching the local community with music, is in the running to win $20,000 in the Chase Community Giving contest on Facebook, and that’s no small feat. After voting closes at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, July 12, the top 200 vote-getters nationwide will share a pot of $5 million from Chase.

As the totals stood earlier this week, MiA sat in 173rd place, meaning the group would be awarded the $20,000. The totals are close, however, with merely about twenty votes keeping MiA in the top 200. So far, it is the only non-profit group from Western New York in the top 200.

Music is Art is looking for all the support it can find. “This year especially, for a small non-profit like us, that money is tremendously important,” says MiA executive director Tod Kniazuk. “Sponsorships are tough in this economy, and we’re caught up in the county and state cultural funding issues.”

In order to help MiA win this contest, voters should head over to the Chase Facebook application at: http://apps.facebook.com/chasecommunitygiving/charities/61719187-music-is-art.

First, click the “like” button for Chase Community Giving and then cast a vote for Music is Art. Supporters can also click “share this charity with friends” to tell others about the vote.

Founded in 2003 by Goo Goo Dolls bassist Robby Takac, Music is Art works to augment music’s cultural and educational impact in our community with its annual festival and programs such as its instrument drive, “battle of the bands,” educational programs, and more. The annual free Music is Art Festival will take place on September 11 this year on the grounds of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.

I spoke with Takac during the Allentown Art Festival for an upcoming Spree feature and he promised great things for this year’s Music is Art Festival. “The festival has sort of become a flagship moment for us so we can talk about the things that we do throughout the year,” he says. “We’re looking forward to it being bigger and better than it’s ever been.”

Check out www.musicisart.org for more information on the organization and a link to the Chase Community Giving page on Facebook. As Kniazuk puts it, “We need everyone who loves what Music is Art does to cast a vote for us and help us get that $20,000.”

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