|Left To Right: Music In Action Creative Director- Bob James; Sabres Managing Partner- Larry Quinn; Music Is Art Founder- Robby Takac of The Goo Goo Dolls |
In a morning press conference on Thursday at the new location for the Buffalo Public School of Performing Arts, Sabres Managing Partner Larry Quinn announced the Buffalo Sabres Foundation grant of $10,000 to the Music Is Art Foundation and its Music in Action program.
Music in Action is a full-year training program at the Performing Arts Academy, which focuses on a mix of music business skills and leadership teamwork.
Founded by Robby Takac of the Goo Goo Dolls, the program has been widely applauded around the country for its educational efforts in the field of music and youth development.
“I’m proud to make this grant on behalf of the foundation, which was initially funded through the sales of our season recap DVD 'Better Days,'" said Quinn. "The song of the same name by the Goo Goo Dolls was prominently used throughout the video and had become the theme of last years playoff run."
Music is Art was the creation of a privately funded organization dedicated to keeping the Arts in education alive in Buffalo Public Schools through financial and material donations, mentoring and instruction from the private sector.
It is a commonly recognized concept that Arts in an educational setting improves learning ability, concentration, as well as aids in dexterity and reasoning skills.
“Music Is Art has evolved from an idea in my head to something that is truly a benefit to the Buffalo students," said Takac. "This grant from the Sabres will go along way towards making this program a success."
Music is Art believes that no one should be denied his or her musical voice, and that as a person, a community and as a culture it is our need, responsibility, and obligation to pass along our history and language to those who follow.
These beliefs go hand-in-hand with the Buffalo Sabres Foundation's commitment to assisting worthwhile organizations that make this region a better place to live and work.
Established in 1995 and reinvigorated in 2004 following the acquisition of the Buffalo Sabres by owner B. Thomas Golisano, the Buffalo Sabres Foundation strives to help enhance the quality of life in the Western New York region.
The foundation focus' on initiatives directed at child health and wellness with specific dedication to the underprivileged and handicapped, and assists non-profit organizations who provide vital services to those in need.
Since 2004, the Buffalo Sabres Foundation has made numerous grants totaling over $200,000 to worthwhile Western New York organizations, including $100,000 gift to Buffalo’s Women’s and Children’s Hospital; a $30,000 grant to Hasek’s Heros; and a $15,000 grant to SABAH.