Make Music NOLA to Host It’s 3rd Annual Adopt-An-Instrument Drive, Celebrating Nine Years of Making Music and Creating ChangeNEW ORLEANS (press release) – On Nov. 7 from 6-9 p.m., Make Music NOLA (MMN) will host it’s 3rd Annual Adopt-An-Instrument Drive at Urban South Brewery. Currently in its ninth year, Make Music NOLA provides tuition-free music instruction to local students who are eligible for free or reduced lunch. This fall, interest in MMN’s string programs doubled and the organization is currently fund raising to purchase additional string instruments, specifically quarter size violins and cellos. Make Music NOLA now works with over 170 students through group string classes, an increase of over eighty students from the previous year.

At MMN’s 3rd Annual Adopt-An-Instrument Drive, former MMN teacher, T-Ray the Violinist (Trenton Thomas), will perform from 6:30-8:30 p.m. with advanced Make Music NOLA students. The event is all ages, so bring your family and friends! Attendees are encouraged to sign up to make a small monthly donation to Make Music NOLA. Raffle tickets are also available for purchase, prizes include Southwest Airlines plane ticket vouchers, BlueRunner gift packs, and tickets to Studio BE. A portion of proceeds from food and beverage sales will be generously donated by Urban South and Gulf Coast Crawfish in support of the organization’s cause. This year’s Adopt-An-Instrument Drive is sponsored by Williams Architects.

Each year, MMN provides over 1,000 hours of general music classes and string instruction to over four hundred students at eight different locations around the city. Additionally, students enrolled in MMN perform up to fifteen concerts a year, participate in guest artist visits and masterclasses, and have the opportunity to attend summer music camps on scholarship. This past summer, MMN students performed at Live Oak Summer Camp, the Children’s Museum Grand Opening, and participated in three week-long workshops at the Bell Artspace Campus. Students enrolled in MMN’s programs have demonstrated a significant increase in confidence, reading comprehension, focus, motivation, creativity, and the ability to relax in stressful situations.