Music-for-social-change movement to improve life trajectory of 270 additional Triangle students

Triangle-based nonprofit Kidznotes— inspired by the international El Sistema movement— has announced its selection as Band Together’s 2016 nonprofit partner. The selection could mean a projected $1.5 million in increased and new donations for underserved students on free or reduced lunch in Title 1 schools. The goal: to impact the life trajectory of an additional 270 Triangle students who enter into the program on scholarship.

“We’re thrilled about this new collaborative partnership,” said Kidznotes Co-Founder and Executive Director Katie Wyatt. “Kidznotes and Band Together will be social change amplified. With this partnership, we’ll bring the power of music for social change to the forefront of philanthropy in the Triangle.”

The value of the Band Together partnership—which started in 2001 to raise funds for a different nonprofit every year— is twofold: 1) to be a catalyst for social change in the Triangle and 2) to provide a marketing platform by which nonprofit partners can grow.

“Band Together is excited to collaborate with such a dynamic nonprofit as Kidznotes,” shared Matt Strickland, Band Together executive director. “We [the board and selection committee] are impressed by Kidznotes’ mission and the huge impact they’re having in the Triangle. As 2016 partners, we’ll continue to make our community a better place to live for everyone.”

New research provides compelling evidence of a direct link between early childhood music training and improved academic performance. Kidznotes has the numbers to prove it. 80 percent of Kidznotes students scored proficient or higher in 5th grade math end-of-grade tests compared to 36 percent of their peers. 47 percent of Kidznotes students scored proficient or higher in 3rd grade reading and math end-of-grade tests compared to 28 percent (reading) and 35 percent (math) of their peers.

“We worked hard to pull off this win but it takes more than one organization to better the Triangle,” said Kidznotes Development Director Keith Strombotne. We’d like to acknowledge Big Brother Big Sister of the Triangle and all of the other Band Together nonprofit applicants for their tremendous work in the community.”

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About Kidznotes
Kidznotes is inspired by “El Sistema,” the international movement of music for social change hailing from Venezuela. Kidznotes changes the life trajectory of underserved K-12 students through orchestral training. Kidznotes provides 10 hours of music instruction a week free of charge to participants in grades K-7. Launched in 2010, the program now serves more than 200 students in five Durham elementary and middle schools. The Raleigh initiative which began in the fall of the 2013, has welcomed 70 Raleigh students to the Kidznotes family. For more information, visit

About Band Together NC
Band Together NC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization composed of business and community leaders and volunteers from across the Triangle. Since its inception in 2001, the organization has donated more than $3.5 million to philanthropic organizations through one mission: using live music as a platform for social change. Band Together’s annual concert event is organized and led by a team of more than 500 volunteers.
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