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Music is Art donates 20 instruments to Abate Elementary after too many kids signed up for music

Posted at 2:14 PM, Oct 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-03 23:25:24-04

In a way, it's a 'good' kind of problem to have. So many kids signed up for music at Abate Elementary School in Niagara Falls that they ran out of instruments.

In fact, they were 20 short of what they needed.

They aren't anymore.

"Music is Art," which was founded by the Goo Goo Dolls bassist Robby Takac, donated $25,000 worth of instruments the school needed.

“This was the perfect example of the power of social media," Music is Art Executive Director Trac Shattuck said. "Music is Art was already in the process of organizing a bunch of major instrument donations to other schools who had requested our help, so it was perfect timing. We had five music teachers in our basement dividing up our inventory to best suit their school’s needs. We are proud that we have placed over a half million dollars’ worth of instruments back into our community since we started this program.” 

The impact of the donation is already being felt. Music teacher Michael Kineke said, “Since the donation we have had 12 additional students sign-up for the program, now that we have the instruments to accommodate them.”

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