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The end of 2018 was a busy time for Stephanie Cood, a Music and Kids Scholarship recipient and student of the Donna O Studio. September of 2018 found Steph filming a Feature Film, "The Mustard Seed", back in Oklahoma. She is a costar in the film that will be released in 2019. On October 14, she performed 5 pieces in the Donna O Studio Fall Concert.
Stephanie was called in to Disney to Guest Star on "Bizaardvark", a popular show for kids, and also worked on "Nightmare Cinema", which will be released in February of 2019.
In the annual Creche' performance, Stephanie sang "On a Still and Starry Night". She went on to sing this number and others at performances for The City of Hope. She was especially wonderful in her portrayal of "Elsa" from Disney’sFrozenin scenes for the Pediatric Party at The City of Hope, where she also gave photo time with the kids. The children loved her in her Elsa costume. The City of Lancaster did their "Christmas on the Blvd" show where Stephanie joined Hailey Callison and Hudson Blake in costumed scenes from Frozen performing "For the First Time in Forever" and "Let it Go". They did 3 performances and many photo op's with families and their children.
Another adventure for Stephanie in December was the filming of "Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rocking Eve" celebration, which was filmed the first weekend of December at Universal Studios. She had a terrific time filming for 2 days.
Congratulations for work well done Stephanie, our Music and Kids Spotlight Student for January!
Ellie fell in love with the arts at a very young age and never looked back. A 17-year-old senior at Quartz Hill High School, she is a community theatre staple here in the Antelope Valley and has been featured in many local productions since the age of 3. Her past credits include Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, as well as award-winning performances in Shrek the Musical, Hairspray, and The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Ellie has performed at many public events, singing everything from The National Anthem to popular radio and Broadway tunes. She can next be seen in the title role of Ariel, in The City of Palmdale’s production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Ellie is also a songwriter, penning several original songs, and recently recording her first demo. She is working hard toward achieving her goal of a career in the performing arts every day.
Welcome to Music and Kids, Ellie! We look forward to continue watching you grow and perform!
Read About Music and Kids, Fundraising Efforts, and New Partnershipsin the Antelope Valley Press
The Facebook Matching Donation Starts Now!
This year, Facebook is partnering with PayPal to match donations up to $7 million USD to US nonprofits on Facebook.
Starting at 5AM Pacific Time (8AM Eastern) on Giving Tuesday, November 27, 2018 - That's NOW! - Facebook will begin matching donations made to registered non-profits with #GivingTuesday campaigns.
That means every dollar you donate becomes two dollars until the $7 million commitment runs out.
Of course, Music and Kids is a registered non-profit on Facebook.
Please Donate and Share
Here Are Some Simple Ways to Give Back During the Holiday Season and Beyond...
Planning Some Shopping on Amazon?
Want a portion of nearly every purchase to go to Music and Kids at no cost to you? Of course, you do!
That's Amazon Smile in a nutshell. Just point your browser (or modify your bookmark) to smile.amazon.com, then choose a charity you want to support. Use this link to point your donations to Music and Kids: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/82
Then just shop like normal. So long as you're doing it via smile.amazon.com, Amazon will donate 0.5 percent of all eligible purchases to your nonprofit. All prices and products are the same as they would be if you bought them at the usual Amazon address.
The only wrinkle is that the Amazon mobile app doesn't currently support this option. So if you shop a lot on your phone, do it in your mobile browser instead. Or, add stuff to your cart in the app, then use the browser to complete the purchase. Either way: easy and free!
Planning to Take Advantage of Giving Tuesday to Give Back?
This year, Facebook is partnering with PayPal to match donations up to $7 million USD to US nonprofits on Facebook. Starting at 5AM Pacific Time (8AM Eastern) on Giving Tuesday, November 27, 2018, Facebook will begin matching donations made to registered non-profits with #GivingTuesday campaigns. That means every dollar you donate becomes two dollars until the $7 million commitment runs out.
Of course, Music and Kids is a registered non-profit on Facebook.
Share Chuck's #GivingTuesday Facebook Donation Post
How To Add Music and Kids to Your "See First" List on Facebook...
Visit our Facebook page, give it a Like (if you haven't already), and set your following preference to "See First" to get all of the great news about Music and Kids at the top of your Facebook feed.
How To Create Your Own Music and Kids Donation Post for #GivingTuesday on Facebook...
Donate Your Change Lets You Donate Every Time You Shop
With the Roundup Program through Donate Your Change, you can give to Music and Kids everytime you make a purchase with a checking or PayPal account or credit/debit card. Simply sign up to create a Donate Your Change RoundUp Giving account and direct your giving to Music and Kids, and you’ll give automatically every time you spend.
We love the easy, organic, ongoing quality of DYC RoundUp Giving. We believe you’ll love how easy it is to give without giving up control. You give as much as you want. You set the limits. You change your setup features as often as you like to accommodate your giving.
For example, if you set your account to round up to the nearest dollar on every debit card transaction, a purchase of $19.72 will be rounded to $20 and Music and Kids will receive the 28 cents. If you have a lot of transactions in one day, you can set a limit to the amount of rounding done per day to whatever total amount per day is comfortable for you and your budget.
You enjoy the satisfaction of knowing you give a little every time you spend to support our mission and work.
Music and Kids is working to fund scholarships for students in Southern California so they can have weekly, one-on-one, afterschool music lessons with a paid, qualified instructor!
We have a goal of giving the 68 students currently on our waiting list the gift of a scholarship to our program for 2019. To do this, we need you to donate to Music and Kids this holiday season. Scholarships to fund weekly lessons for 68 students for a full year will cost approximately $140,000. A lofty goal, yes, but with help from all of you (donate, share with friends, encourage others to donate), we should be able to make it!
Learn more about how you can help Music and Kids provide music lessons for more kids in the Antelope Valley, Southern California, and beyond by clicking on the logo...
Music and Kids Singers will be performing in two local Christmas parades!
December 1: Lancaster Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade, Downtown Lancaster Blvd. in Lancaster, CA. The parade runs east on the BLVD starting at 10th St W to Division, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM.
December 8: Palmdale Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade