Barry Manilow seeks donations for SF Public Schools

3/25/2016

Legendary singer-songwriter Barry Manilow hopes others will once again follow his philanthropic lead as he brings his Manilow Music Project to Sioux Falls School District.  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 one week prior to show date will receive 2 free tickets (valid for pre-selected seat locations on a first come first serve basis) for Manilow’s April 6thshow at the Denny Sanford PREMIER 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,” added Manilow.

The KELOLAND Box Office at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center will serve as the base for the instrument drive in Sioux Falls from March 30th through April 6th. The instrument drop off location is open Monday through Friday 10:00am – 5:00pm.

“The Sioux Falls Public Schools’ is honored to be the recipients of the Manilow Music Project’s Instrument Drive,” said James Weaver, Fine and Performing Arts Coordinator at Sioux Falls Public Schools. “Through the generosity of Mr. Manilow’s foundation, our music students will benefit by having increased accessibility to instruments. SFPS shares Mr. Manilow’s vision of enriching students through music education. With many students in need of instruments to continue to be enriched in our programs, this is a wonderful gift.”

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. More information on the Manilow Music Project can be found at http://www.manilowmusicproject.org/.

Tickets are available online at Ticketmaster.com, by calling (800) 745-3000, or in person at the KELOLAND Box Office at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center.

With worldwide record sales exceeding 80 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.