Barry Manilow Donates Yamaha Piano To International School Of Louisiana, Urges Others To Follow
NEW ORLEANS – Legendary singer-songwriter Barry Manilow hopes others will once again follow his philanthropic lead as he brings his Manilow Music Project to the International School of Louisiana in New Orleans.
The pop icon plans to donate a Yamaha piano to launch a local music instrument drive. Anyone who donates a new or gently used musical instrument from January 27 through January 29 will receive 2 free tickets (valid for pre-selected seat locations on a first come first serve basis) for Manilow’s January 29 show at the Smoothie King Center.
The 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,” Manilow said.
Gate A Ground Lobby of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, adjacent to the Smoothie King Center, will serve as the base for the instrument drive in New Orleans from January 25 through January 29. The instrument drop off location is open 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
"In New Orleans, we know firsthand how valuable music education is,” Melanie Tennyson, CEO/ Head of School, said. “At the International School of Louisiana we make music a part of our curriculum and employ full time music instructors to share their love of music with all of our students starting in Kindergarten. This donation will not only be of great benefit to our students and teachers, but to our community as well.”
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.
With worldwide record sales exceeding 80 million, Barry Manilow's 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.
Tickets are available for Manilow’s upcoming New Orleans performance online at Manilow.com or Ticketmaster.com, in person at the Smoothie King Center Box Office, or by calling 1-800-745-3000.