The popular online music discovery and radio service Pandora is doing more than making the music you love available 24 hours a day. The company has teamed up with Global Giving to raise money for three awesome music organizations: Education Through Music, Little Kids Rock, and Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation. Pandora users can donate to any of the three organizations, and for a $10 donation or more they'll receive a limited-edition Pandora poster. In previous years, Pandora raised $40,000 for the programs, all of which are focused on music education for students.
The Los Angeles branch of Education Through Music aims to raise $50,000 to support 350 children from the 1,750 the organization serves annually. California schools receive less than 50% of music education at the elementary level than the rest of the U.S., so donations allow these children a head start on not only learning about music, but improving their reading, writing, math and reasoning skills across the board.
Little Kids Rock sets out to do exactly what its name says — allow more kids to rock at a younger age. The organization is raising $120,000 to provide music teachers at public schools in low-income areas with more music equipment and training to teach their students. Students focus on learning genres of music they currently listen to, regularly record their own original compositions, and even create music videos. Any full-time teacher in one of the 25 cities the organization serves is eligible to apply. Interested teachers can attend a workshop in their city or apply online. You're in good company too — honorary board members include the talented Bonnie Raitt, Paul Simon, and B.B. King!
Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation donates instruments to schools and after-school programs as well as refurbishes instruments that schools cannot cover the cost of on their own. Formed by composer Michael Kamen after scoring the 1995 film "Mr. Holland's Opus," the foundation has served over 10,000 students each year. Interested schools can apply for grants online, and please note the foundation offers instruments only. Famed rock guitarist Eddie Van Halen even donated 75 of his own guitars to the foundation in 2012.