AXS TV is excited to partner with our affiliates to support these school-age music education programs:
Spectrum •Cleveland, OH: Harvey Rice Wraparound School •LaFayette, KY: Fayette Public Schools •Los Angeles, CA: Heart of LA (HOLA) •Queens, NY: Eagle Academy
All West Communications •Kemmerer, WY: Canyon Elementary
Astound Broadband •San Antonio, TX: Will Rogers Academy
Paul Bunyan Communications •Red Lake, MN: Red Lake Elementary School
Service Electric Cable TV & Communications •Wilkes-Barre, PA: Heights Murray Elementary
TDS Telecom •Butte, MT: West Elementary School
AXS TV together with our affiliate partners have donated $110,000 in grants to 15 music programs in schools across the country and young lives are already changing.
Service Electric Heights Murray Elementary School Wilkes-Barre, PA December 19, 2023
Heights Murray Elementary School of Wilkes-Barre, PA, was selected by Service Electric to receive $2,000 in new musical instruments as part of “AXS TV’s Band Together For Music Education.” The grant was presented on December 19 during the school’s assembly.
Astound Broadband Will Rogers Academy San Antonio, TX December 12, 2023
Astound Broadband announced Will Rodgers Academy of San Antonio, TX, has been selected to receive a $2,000 grant as part of “AXS TV’s Band Together For Music Education. In the spirit of giving, Astound Broadband decided to donate an additional $3,000 for a total of $5,000. The grant was presented on December 13 during the school’s holiday concert.
All West Communications Canyon Elementary School Kemmerer, WY December 11, 2023
All West Communications announced that Canyon Elementary School, in Kemmerer, WY, has been selected to receive a $2,000 grant as part of “AXS TV’s Band Together For Music Education. The award was presented by All West Communications staff, Marty Carollo
All West Communications is proud to partner with AXS TV’s Band Together For Music Education initiative in support of Canyon Elementary School. K-6 music teacher Sheril Slater is excited for the opportunity to expand her program with the addition of world drums and believes that her students will greatly benefit from exposure to this exciting artform.
Paul Bunyan Communications Red Lake Elementary School Red Lake, MN November 15, 2023
“We’re excited that AXS TV selected Red Lake Elementary School in Red Lake, Minnesota for this ‘Band Together for Music Education’ grant. Our cooperative has a long history of supporting music and the arts in the communities we serve and have proudly offered AXS TV to all of our PBTV HD customers for many years, “said Brian Bissonette, Paul Bunyan Communications Marketing Supervisor. “Red Lake Elementary serves over 612 children from Early Childhood through 5th grade. Students in Pre-K through 2nd grade receive music instruction/class every other day. Currently 3-5th grade students do not have musical instruction and this grant will go towards providing digital music activities for those students.”
TDS Telecom West Elementary School Butte, MT September 27, 2023
TDS surprised Butte Montana’s West Elementary School Music Teacher Denise Rauch when it presented the band program with a $2,000 check. AXS TV’s Band Together for Music Education initiative awarded TDS a $2,000 grant for West Elementary School as part of a continued commitment to supporting youth involvement in music.
2022 AXS TV Band Together
In November 2022, AXS TV ‘banded” together with our affiliate partners to award grants for school age music programs. We targeted programs that lack funding but have exemplary teachers, leadership, and instruction.
Why school age music programs?
Budget cuts have slashed music education programs since the 1990s, but research shows that music education at an early age provides many benefits that continue throughout students’ lives, and there’s a clear connection between music and other areas of study.
Early music education helps children:
Improve academic achievement, communication skills, creativity, and teamwork
Excel and stay in school and pursue higher education
Boost attendance: 93% in school with programs versus 85% in those without
Increase cognitive development: Connection between music and other areas of study
Make better lifestyle choices: Greater self-esteem due to a well-rounded education
In conjunction with our affiliate partner Spectrum, AXS TV awarded five $10,000 grants to schools in Spectrum’s service areas this fall totaling $50,000 in support of music education programs. Those schools include:
In Los Angeles, CA we donated $10,000 to Heart of LA – HOLA
In Columbus, OH we donated $10,000 to Eastmoor Academy
In Dallas, TX we donated $10,000 to Billy Dade Middle School
In Bradenton, FL we donated $10,000 to Prine Elementary
In Jamaica, NY we donated $10,000 to Rochdale Early Advantage Charter School
Learn more about the schools below:
Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA)Los Angeles, California
HOLA was founded 33 years ago in 1989 and now serves 3,100 youth, ages 6-24, through transformational afterschool programming that includes comprehensive academics, instrumental and choral music, visual arts, athletics, and family services. This academic year, HOLA’s Music Programs are serving nearly 300 students, for whom music education would otherwise not be possible, with comprehensive and world-class music instruction Teachers noted the joy and delight in students as they returned to in-person programming and reconnected with each other and re-engaged with the deeply impactful experience of making music together side-by-side.
On February 16, 2023, Los Angeles City Councilwoman Heather Hutt and Susana Cervantes, Field Deputy for Assembly member Miguel Santiago 54th District, joined AXS TV and Spectrum to present $10,000 to Heart of Los Angeles’ (HOLA) music program. Tony Brown, Heart of LA, CEO held a check presentation ceremony covered by Spectrum News 1 and followed by a facility tour and music presentation by two of HOLA’s orchestras.
Elected Officials: LA City Councilwoman Heather Hutt and Susana Cervantes, Field Deputy for Assemblymember Miguel Santiago 54th District
HOLA: Tony Brown, CEO; Cristina Briskie-Wood, Chief Development Officer; Cheyenne Durocher
Charter: Whitney O’Neill, VP Government Affairs; Adrianne Sears, Director, Government & Community Strategy; Stephen Sawyer, Director of Government Affairs
AXS TV: Cindy Ronzoni, Public Relations; Michael Kim, Distribution; Todd Schoen, Distribution Marketing; Art Maulsby, Distribution Marketing
Dr. Billy E. Dade Middle SchoolDallas, TX
Dr. Billy E. Dade Middle School was recently named the #1 Comprehensive Middle School in the Dallas Independent School District. The school improved from a D-65 to a B-83. Dade is in the southern area of Dallas which has the highest crime and poverty rate in the city. They’ve worked to create a feeling of Home at Dade! Their scholars are revered as champions. They teach them to have a champion mindset. Champions make mistakes but they never give up! Dr. Billy E Dade Middle School has an amazing music program to include: a full band and dance ensemble team. The music program services all students with a wide skillset from beginner to advanced band. We strive to instill not only an appreciation for music but a love for the arts in all students.
On December 8th AXS TV & Spectrum Band Together for Music Education awarded Dr. Billy E. Dade Middle School a $10,000 grant to assist with their music program at their Winter Wonderland concert. Dade Middle School is in the Dallas Independent School District.
Pictured left to right: Kike Brown (Assistant Principal Dade Middle School), Clem Maddox (Spectrum), Rockwell W. Stewart (Principal Dade Middle School), Art Maulsby (AXS TV), Natalie Nieves-Guerrero (Council Liaison to Dallas Council Member Adam Bazaldua’s Office).
Robert H. Prine Elementary School Bradenton, FL
Prine Elementary is a Title 1 school with approximately 760 students. The teachers and staff at Prine are committed to creating an environment that provides their students with a balanced, enriching curriculum that meets students’ academic and social/emotional needs. Prine’s music program is a safe place where kids can express who they are through musical outlet. Their philosophy is, “make good people through music.” Through collaboration, problem solving, and having fun, their class is more than just “sing this song.” They do their very best to connect these kids’ cultures and interests through their lessons.
On December 12 th , AXS TV & Spectrum Band Together for Music Education awarded the Robert H. Prine Elementary School’s Music Department a $10,000 grant at their fourth grade Winter Concert. Prine Elementary is a Manatee County public elementary school located in Bradenton, FL.
On December 12th, AXS TV & Spectrum Band Together for Music Education awarded the Robert H. Prine Elementary School’s Music Department a $10,000 grant at their fourth grade Winter Concert. Prine Elementary is a Manatee County public elementary school located in Bradenton, FL.
Eastmoor AcademyColumbus, OH
Eastmoor Academy, located on the eastside of Columbus, Ohio, has a proud tradition of excellence in the arts from their award-winning theatre department and consistent output of quality material from the vocal and instrumental music departments. Eastmoor offers a Music Disabilities Body & Bucket Percussion class, Jazz Ensemble, String Orchestra, Music Theory and Marching Band/Concert Band as part of the instrumental music department. Coming off years of COVID protocols and hybrid scheduling, band participation and investment were low. Eastmoor hired a new band director, Mr. Najieb in August 2022, to establish a base of high expectations and a culture of success. This resulted in improvement in participation, ownership, and accountability amongst band members. Eastmoor will use the grant to repair existing instruments and to purchase new musical equipment and cases.
On December 8 th AXS TV & Spectrum Band Together for Music Education awarded Eastmoor Academy a $10,000 grant to relaunch their Multiple Disabilities Music Program at their Winter Concert. Eastmoor Academy is a Columbus City public high school located in Columbus, Ohio.
Pictured left to right: Gyneen Meyers (AXS TV), Lourdes Barroso (Columbus City Council), Faheem Najieb (Eastmoor Academy Instrumental Music Director), Alicia Fowler (Principal Eastmoor Academy), Tamara Howard (Spectrum).