Music & Sound Retailer June 2021, Vol 38 No 6

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FANNY’S HOUSE OF MUS IC If you know Nashville-based Fanny’s House of Music, you know it’s more than a music store: It’s a “mission.” “We are excited to announce the next phase of that mission is Fanny’s School of Music. Our current building limits the number of students we can serve and programs we can offer,” the retailer stated. “So, we formed a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, and we are launching a capital campaign to build an addition for Fanny’s School of Music. In addition to tripling the number of students we can serve, the new addition will enable us to provide music therapy offices and a community space for group lessons, workshops and live performances. Like Fanny’s House of Music, Fanny’s School of Music will be a place where everyone can feel comfortable exploring and growing, especially women and girls.”

T E D BR OWN MUSI C Ted Brown Music Outreach seeks to put instruments in the hands of young musicians who otherwise couldn’t afford them. To date, it has donated more than 4,000 instruments to the families who need them most. “During the COVID-19 crisis, school music has been put on hold in Washington state. Even now that schools are opening to some extent, school music has remained on the back burner. To help keep music alive in our community’s schools, Ted Brown Music Outreach donated 2,739 recorders to fourth graders in the Tacoma School district,” the retailer said. “Kids that age need something musical to get excited about,” Ted Brown music outreach president Stephanie Howe added. “These kids will get to take the recorders home, play with them, take care of them, and get excited about music.”

IN S TR UM E N TA L M US IC CEN T ER Last year, the COVID-19 pandemic swept the world in an unbelievable way. This caused all music stores in Tucson, Ariz., to temporarily close for the sake of safety. Leslie Stirm, owner of Instrumental Music Center (IMC) in Tucson, saw that there was a real need in the community for a supplier of cloth masks, as surgical masks became less readily available to the public and corporate retailers had yet to start manufacturing and selling masks. Stirm also saw the struggles affecting countless people who were already in a financial deficit as well as those who were newly unemployed and struggling to provide for their families. Stirm and her family took to their sewing machines and designed and made hundreds of three-ply, cotton fabric masks in musical and whimsical patterns available in various sizes. The masks were launched for sale online through IMC’s website and were made available for purchase in its store, with the proceeds for each mask being donated to the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona. Using its Facebook and Instagram presence, IMC was able to reach thousands of parents, students, teachers and musicians all over southern Arizona who were happy to find not only a helpful protective tool to meet their current needs, but who were glad to know their dollars were being given to those in need. “The community response was overwhelming,” IMC said. “During the second half of 2020, IMC sold over 500 masks, netting the community food bank over $5,000. It was an amazing position to be in to be able to help the community in this way, both for our customers and for folks in need of access to food.”