Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Barry Manilow challenges Duval residents for a great cause

Pop music icon Barry Manilow hopes others will follow his philanthropic lead as he brings his Manilow Music Project to John E. Ford PK-8 School in Jacksonville, FL.  The legendary singer/songwriter plans to donate a Yamaha keyboard to launch a local music instrument drive.  Anyone who donates a new or gently used musical instrument will receive 2 free tickets (valid for pre-selected seat locations on a first come first serve basis) for Manilow’s February 18th concert at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts in Jacksonville.

Manilow Music Project has conducted music instrument drives all over the country to assist local schools with their music programs.  “I’m thrilled to once again bring the gift of music to these kids,” added Manilow.  The Public Can Trade a New or Gently Used Musical Instrument for Free Tickets to Manilow’s February 18th concert in Jacksonville, FL.  The box office at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts will be the drop off point for the instrument drive now through February 18th.  Hours are Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

“If we do not inspire a love of the arts in our children, there will be no more arts for our children to love,” said Staci Kelly Pendry, General Music Teacher.
“The Manilow Music project helps to give all students access to that inspiration through their love of music and generosity.  We are honored to accept this thoughtful gift on behalf of the John E. Ford PK-8 community.”

The Manilow Music Project (MMP) is part of The Manilow Fund for Health and Hope.  It was formed as a grass roots organization to assist local charities and programs.  Its primary focus is to provide musical instruments to high schools and middle schools and to provide music scholarships at universities throughout the US, Canada, and the UK.

Tickets are available online at
Manilow.com, in person at the Moran Theater Box Office or by phone at 800-745-3000.

With worldwide record sales exceeding 85 million, Barry Manilow's unparalleled career encompasses virtually every arena of entertainment, including performing, writing, composing, arranging, and producing. A Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee, Manilow has produced, arranged, and released more than 40 albums during the course of his career.  He has also written and produced songs for Barbra Streisand, Bette Midler, Dionne Warwick, and many more.  He has been honored with a Grammy, two Emmys, a Tony Award, an Oscar nomination, and a top selling autobiography.

SMG Jacksonville manages seven sports, entertainment, and convention venues on behalf of the City of Jacksonville. Their venues include: EverBank Field, home of the Jacksonville Jaguars, Florida-Georgia, the TaxSlayer Bowl and Monster Jam.  Daily’s Place, a 5,500 seat amphitheater with concert programming year-round and an indoor practice facility for the Jacksonville Jaguars.  The Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, showplace of such entertainment greats as Kenny Chesney and Jimmy Buffett and home to the Arena Bowl XXIV Champions Jacksonville Sharks, the ABA Jacksonville Giants and the Jacksonville IceMen.  The Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville, home of the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp and Florida vs FSU Baseball.  The Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, stage to Broadway and music elite like Wicked, James Taylor and Diana Ross; and home of the FSCJ Artist Series of and the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra.  The Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center, a historic renovated train station providing a unique venue for meetings, social events and conventions.  The Ritz Theatre and Museum, located in Jacksonville’s historic African American community of La Villa, celebrating the artistic culture of African American life in Northeast Florida and the African Diaspora with museum exhibits, concerts, films, lectures, dance and dramatic arts.

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