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Glazer Children's Museum and Gasparilla Music Foundation Partner For Recycled Tunes Program

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(Tampa, FL.) As Tampa gears up to get back to school, two premier organizations collaborate to improve music education.The Glazer Children's Museum is proud to announce their partnership with Gasparilla Music Foundation, as the duo will host an instrument drive for GMF's Recycled Tunes Program. Throughout the month of August, the Museum will be a drop off point for Tampa Bay residents to donate used instruments that will then be refurbished and donated to local schools and music programs. 

"The ability for children to have access to music and the arts is critical to their potential," says Jennifer Stancil, President and CEO of Glazer Children's Museum.  "Every child should have the opportunity to learn to play an instrument.  To be exposed to the joy and imagination, the discipline and dedication of learning an instrument, is paramount to their growth as human beings.  As we get ready for our kids to go back to school, we wanted to work with Gasparilla Music Festival to ensure that as many kids as possible have access to an instrument.  With your help, we can bring music to more kids than ever before."  

The Glazer Children's Museum is excited to hold it's first instrument drive for the Tampa Bay community. With it's prominent location in Downtown Tampa, the Museum will be allowing guests to drop off used musical items such as flutes, saxophones, and other smaller instruments. Due to storage restraints, for larger items the Museum instructs guests to reach out to Gasparilla Music Foundation's Director, David Cox at dcox@gasparillamusic.com to coordinate pick up opportunities for large instruments.

Both GCM and the non-profit Gasparilla Music Foundation are dedicated to supporting music and education in the Tampa Bay area. As part of this mission, GMF has launched several initiatives including its Recycled Tunes program. The organization collects used musical instruments from the community throughout the year. The mission of Recycled Tunes is to enrich the lives of underserved and impoverished children in Tampa Bay by ensuring access to musical instruments. GCM has also hosted concerts and shows alongside GMF over the summer, including a Rio inspired performance of Capoeria happening on August 6 at 1:30 and 3:30PM. The Glazer Children's Museum and Gasparilla Music Foundation are eagerly working together on Gasparilla Music Festival 2017, the duo is excited to provide the Tampa community with enjoyable entertainment!

For more information and questions, please go to GlazerMuseum.org/recycledtunes2016 or learn more about the Gasparilla Music Foundation at GasparillaMusic.com.

About The Glazer Children's Museum

Named one of the top five Children's Museums in America, Glazer Children's Museum is an innovative educational and culture resource for the Tampa region.  Opened in Downtown Tampa in 2010, the Museum sits among skyscrapers as well as green space, and is a central part of the cultural corridor featuring other museums, libraries and a performing arts center. The mission of Glazer Children's Museum is to create learning environments where children play, discover and connect to the world around them in order to develop as lifelong learners and leaders. The hands-on, minds-on Museum attracts more than 210,000 visitors annually with a 53,000 sq. ft. building full of themed galleries and 170 interactive exhibits for children aged birth to ten. A combination of permanent and traveling exhibits, comprehensive year-round educational programs, and dynamic special events provide children, parents, caregivers, and teachers a rich, cutting edge, ever-changing environment for playful learning. Glazer Children's Museum, a 501c3 non-profit, also offers over 5,000 sq. ft. of event space, 2,500 sq. ft. of classroom space and a 1,000 sq. ft. roof top terrace overlooking the picturesque Downtown Riverwalk, along the Hillsborough River.

About The Gasparilla Music Foundation

The Gasparilla Music Foundation is a Florida 501(c)-3 non-profit corporation that organizes an annual music festival in downtown Tampa the second weekend of March. The 2016 festival took place in Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, Kiley Gardens Park, and MacDill Park on March 12th & 13th and featured musical acts from a wide variety of genres on several stages and cuisine from the region's top restaurants. As part of its mission to support and promote music and education, the organization is involved throughout the year in several initiatives including providing scholarships and instruments to music students. GMF 2017 dates coming soon!

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