Annual Kids Music Day is Friday: Keep Music Alive nonprofit announces educational events, spokesperson

MARQUETTE — Keep Music Alive, a music education nonprofit organization, announced that Emmy, Tony, and Golden Globe nominated star Matthew Morrison will serve as the official spokesperson for the fifth annual Kids Music Day, which is Friday.

“This year has presented many challenges, and I’m very thankful for music and its ability to bring positivity to my family’s life,” Morrison said in a press release. “I know firsthand just how valuable an introduction to the arts can be, and because of that, I’m here to support my friends at Keep Music Alive to celebrate Kids Music Day. Our hope is to encourage kids and their parents to tap into the arts to find the relief, joy, and inspiration that playing music can offer.”

Morrison is best known for his role as Will Schuester on the FOX television show “Glee” from 2009-2015, as well as award-winning projects on Broadway, including “Hairspray,” “The Light In The Piazza” and “Finding Neverland.”

He’s also a recording artist with three studio albums including “Disney Dreamin’ with Matthew Morrison,” released on Walt Disney Records earlier this year.

Each year, Keep Music Alive partners with music schools, music stores and other music organizations around the world to hold special events that benefit and celebrate children playing music on Kids Music Day.

The goal is to highlight the importance of including music in children’s education.

Events held by participating locations include open houses, instrument petting zoos, free music lessons, student music performances, community/family jams, instrument donation drives, kids open mics, drive-in shows and more.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, virtual events and promotions for Kids Music Day will include live-streamed performances and open mics for kids, free online lessons, virtual instrument petting zoos — which can be thought of as a form of musical show and tell — online instrument clinics and sales on select instruments, accessories and lesson programs.

Over a dozen celebrity artists are showing their support for music education by lending their name as Kids Music Day Ambassadors including: Matthew Morrison, Julie Andrews, Jack Black, Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart, Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo, Michael Feinstein, Kenny Loggins, Richie Sambora, Sarah McLachlan, Vanessa Williams, Victor Wooten, Todd Rundgren, Philip Lawrence, Bernie Williams, Damien Escobar and Mandy Harvey.

Kids Music Day is also being supported by numerous music industry brands including Alfred Music, CASIO EMI, Conn-Selmer, D’Addario Foundation, Kala Brand Music, Hungry for Music, Les Paul Foundation, Music & Sound Retailer, Music Nomad Equipment Care, Remo Percussion and Rock Out Loud LIVE. Keep Music Alive is honored to welcome these partners helping to share the Kids Music Day message, inspiring more children to begin their own musical journey.

Kids Music Day is one of two international music holidays founded by Keep Music Alive. In March 2020, Keep Music Alive partnered with over 750 music school and music retail locations in 15 countries to offer free lessons to new students (children and adults) as part of the sixth annual Teach Music Week.

Some of the largest music chains in the nation participate in Kids Music Day & Teach Music Week with many of their locations including Music & Arts, Guitar Center, Kindermusik, Music Together, Gymboree, Long & McQuade, Bach to Rock and the legendary School of Rock.

Keep Music Alive is a national 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting the value of music. Its goal is to inspire more kids and adults to reap the educational, therapeutic and social benefits of playing music. For more information, call 610-874-6312 or visit www.KeepMusicAlive.org and www.KidsMusicDay.org


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