StubHub hosted their “Technologists for Music Education” panel discussion this week at their San Francisco headquarters. Moderated by broadcaster Dave Clark, the event featured a conversation with the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation (MHOF) and the San Francisco Arts Commission.
Panelists included Felice Mancini, President and CEO of Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation and Program Director, Tricia Steel. San Francisco Arts Commissioner Marcus Shelby and Music Director Randy Porter of Westlake Middle School in Oakland were also guest speakers.
The discussion allowed the community to engage panelists on the importance of music in the schools and, the much needed support of the tech and corporate communities. Panelists also discussed how music reaches children who may struggle with traditional school classes and how music classes build self esteem and academics.
“The Technologists for Music Education” is an extension of StubHub’s Next Stage Concert Series benefitting Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation an organization that donates instruments to underfunded school music programs. MHOF operates a program of the StubHub Foundation, a corporate advised fund for the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. Through StubHub Rising Stars the organization supports grassroots non–profits improving access and opportunity for at-risk youth through sports and the arts.
“StubHub is using its platform to give back, invest in the music space, future artists and fans,” said StubHub Head of Corporate Communications and Social Responsibility, Emma Leggat.
According to Leggat, the collaboration has raised nearly $140,000 for MHOF and will surprise three bay area schools with $50,000 in musical instruments this week.
Moderator Dave Clark shared his excitement about the event. “I’m proud to be part of an event that rallies tech companies and corporations to put dollars into music programs for schools changing the lives of children and changing the world,” he said.
“Music is a universal language that is important for a child’s growth and development,” said Westlake Middle School Music Director, Randy Porter.
This week’s Next Stage Concert Series will feature the West Lake Middle School band as the opening act for Portugal The Man at the Regency Ballroom in San Francisco. All ticket sales of the sold out concert will go to the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation to support music in schools.
The benefit concert series is just one of a five-city tour including Nashville, New York, Chicago and Los Angeles supporting school music programs in each city.
“Our partnership with StubHub has been tremendous and we will continue to support the importance of music in schools,” said MHOF CEO Felice Mancini.
San Francisco Arts Commissioner Marcus Shelby said his exposure to a Wynton Marsalis concert at a young age helped him see music beyond sound.
“It gave me an image and it’s important for our youth to see how historically and socially music has evolved as a form of communicating,” he said. “This gives youth a sense of pride and allows young artists to solve problems and build a community.”
Audience members included Norman Bookstein of the Berkeley Symphony, Billy Tuchscher of Liquid Spins, J. Rosalynn Smith-Clark of Opera Noir and Rebeca Mauleon of SFJAZZ.