The Zildjian Opportunity Fund is a permanently endowed trust, managed and administered through the Percussive Arts Society. Its purpose is to provide funding for percussion-based interactive events directed to underserved youth, ages pre-school through high school. Utilizing outstanding percussion presenters, these events are held at schools, community centers, or other publicly accessible facilities at no charge to participants. Applications will be accepted from individual artists and/or organizations, and awards will be granted on artistic quality, content of presentation and demonstrated ability to carry out the proposal as submitted. Applicant/Artist must be a current member of the Percussive Arts Society.
In conjunction with the Percussive Arts Society, the 2010 winners are Aaron Williams and Michael Laubach (pictured right), percussion instructors at the Broadway School of Music and the Arts in Cleveland, OH. The photo shows Williams and Laubach putting on a "Percussion A to Z" assembly at a local elementary school. Aaron and Mike were able to do ten assemblies during the 09/10 school year, free of charge to the schools, thanks to grant funding from the Zildjian Family Opportunity Fund.
Information on this grant can be found on The Percussive Arts Society Website.