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MJS Receives 2010 Rabin Award

On March 3, 2010, the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras (WYSO) Board of Directors awarded the 2010 Rabin Youth Arts Awards. The Madison Jazz Society was the winner for philanthropic support and Michael George, Executive Director of the Wisconsin School Music Association, was the winner for artistic achievement. The awards were presented by former Wisconsin Lt. Governor Barbara Lawton at Arts Wisconsin’s Arts Day at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center in Madison . A large, statewide group nominated numerous deserving individuals and organizations, representing all arts mediums.

WYSO noted that MJS was formed in 1984 to provide a common meeting ground for all persons interested in jazz; musician, listener, collector. They endeavor to preserve, encourage and stimulate interest in jazz music; to foster and advertise creators of jazz music; and to exchange helpful information which may be instructive or entertaining to its members. They rely solely on donations from its members and other supporters. Over 25 years, MJS has awarded nearly $70,000 in grants to schools all over the state. They have provided funding for more than 35 schools across the state to assist with the purchase of music and equipment, sponsor national level clinicians, enable participation in jazz festivals, and support statewide and national travel. They have also awarded over $15,000 in scholarship funds to high school students entering college to study music with an emphasis on jazz and for high schools students to attend summer jazz music camps.

The Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras presents the Rabin Youth Arts Awards in honor of their founding conductor, Dr. Marvin Rabin, as a means to honor those who follow in his footsteps. The awards are a forum for promoting quality youth arts programs and honoring those who work diligently to provide arts opportunities for children throughout Wisconsin . They also serve as a means to elevate awareness in our community about the importance of arts education for all children.

Thanks for Riverwalk!!

Most of you know that MJS sponsors the broadcast of Riverwalk, Live from the Landing on Wisconsin Public Radio Saturdays at 8 p.m. each Friday. We thank all of you for that support. But, we all need to thank WPR for broadcasting this great program! Over the next few weeks, your board encourages you to send an e-mail message to listener@wpr.org or a snail mail letter to: Audience Services, WPR, 821 University Ave, Madison, 53706 and thank them for their support of jazz. It won’t take a lot of time and it will let WPR know that you are listening. In addition, Jim Cullum thinks it’s so important that we support WPR, he has provided some of his band’s CDs that we will distribute to those of you who become members of the Friends of WPR. Let us know that you have joined and we’ll send the CD to you. Information on membership can be found at www.wpr.org and information on Riverwalk at www.riverwalk.org. When he performed here in November, 2004, Jim Cullum encouraged all of us to support WPR as much as possible. Let’s do it!!