The Avedis Zildjian Company continues to strengthen its commitment to music education through its new relationship with the Music & Youth Initiative, a comprehensive after school music education program for underserved Massachusetts youth, ages 8-18. Partnering with inner city Boys and Girls Clubs and the Berklee College of Music, the Music & Youth Initiative uses music as a vehicle to improve academic, social, and vocational skills while building self-confidence and self esteem. Each week, over 1,500 young people visit Music Clubhouses and receive high quality music education from professional artists and music educators. Zildjian is proud to supply all of the cymbals for the Music Clubhouse program.
"The Music Clubhouse is changing lives one note at a time. The Zildjian Company's generosity in donating equipment and opening its factory to our students for tours has had a significant, positive impact on these young people," said Gary Eichhorn, Executive Director of the Music & Youth Initiative. According to Ayeisha Mathis, Zildjian Artist and Music Director at the Dorchester Music Clubhouse (pictured above with students Dashawn Borden, Richard Scott and Erica Correia at the Music Clubhouse in Dorchester, MA), "I was introduced to Zildjian cymbals as a child, so it's been great to be able to expose the youth at the Dorchester Music Clubhouse to professional quality equipment."
The Zildjian Company's involvement with children's music programs reaches beyond Massachusetts. Recently, Zildjian donated cymbals to the Ouidah International Center for Art and Music (CIAMO) in Benin, Africa (pictured right). The first school of its kind in the country, CIAMO offers music and art classes taught by a variety of resident and visiting international professionals.
The Kerope Zildjian Scholarship Competition, now in its seventh year, was established to pay tribute to Kerope Zildjian and encourage and reward percussionists in their pursuit of performing excellence. Kerope Zildjian presided over one of the most storied periods in Zildjian history (1895-1909) and developed the legendary K cymbal. The winner of the competition receives a $5,000 scholarship, a selection of cymbals, and an all expense paid trip to Zildjian headquarters to meet the Zildjian family, tour the factory, and choose cymbals.
Zildjian also awards scholarships through the Avedis Zildjian Scholarship Fund, a comprehensive scholarship program dedicated to the memory of CEO Craigie Zildjian's grandfather, Avedis Zildjian III. The Avedis Zildjian Scholarship Fund awards scholarships to students from premier colleges, universities, and conservatories throughout the world, including Berklee College of Music, Eastman School of Music, New England Conservatory, The Juilliard School, Royal Academy of Music in London, and many others.
In addition, the Zildjian Company's long-standing relationship with the Percussive Arts Society (PAS) throughout the years has served as a vehicle to support music education. The Zildjian Family Opportunity Fund is a permanently endowed trust that provides funding for percussion-based presentations directed to underserved youth, ages pre-school through high school. Utilizing outstanding percussion presenters, programs are presented at schools, community centers, and other publicly accessible facilities at no charge to participants. Grant applications are accepted from individual artists and organizations until July 1, 2011 - apply here. In addition, a PAS Armand Zildjian Percussion Scholarship is awarded annually to a full-time student percussionist enrolled in an accredited college or university school of music.
Finally, the Zildjian Company supports numerous other not-for-profit and charitable organizations like the MusiCares Foundation, The Rhythmic Arts Project (TRAP), Save The Music Foundation, and more.
"Whether it's a child in the inner city feeling the joy of playing his first note or a young percussion student experiencing the sense of accomplishment that comes from performing, the transformative power of music is undeniable. At Zildjian, we're committed to supporting the dreams and aspirations of both," said Craigie Zildjian, CEO, Zildjian Company.