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Nov 04, 2011
New Haven, CT
In recognition of their Centennial Celebration, which began in July and will continue through June 2012, First Niagara has donated $100,000 to Neighborhood Music School (NMS).
Faculty, staff and students from Neighborhood Music School (NMS) gathered with representatives from First Niagara on September 28 to formally announce the bank's donation.
NMS executive director, Lawrence Zukof, made the following statement:
“During our Centennial Celebration, Neighborhood Music School aims to expand programming and improve infrastructure, in hopes to serve an even greater number of budding artists and musicians. The support of local organizations like First Niagara will position the school for future growth, and enable us to bring artists and performers from across the world to Connecticut, to share their experiences and talents with our students.”
NMS currently has 350 students who are supported by tuition subsidies and scholarships. During its centennial year, NMS plans to focus its efforts on expanding financial aid programming, as well as programs for seniors and students with special needs; improving infrastructure by updating hardware and software and expanding and maintaining its inventory of instruments; continuing its commitment to faculty education and building the school’s endowment to ensure future growth and success.
About Neighborhood Music School
Neighborhood Music School (NMS) is a nonprofit community arts school offering high-quality music, dance and drama instruction and programming at sites in New Haven, Guilford, Madison, Hamden and Woodbridge. Established in downtown New Haven in 1911, NMS is now among the ten largest community arts schools in the country, with 130 professional and dedicated teachers providing unique learning experiences to 3,000 children and adults residing in more than 80 towns throughout Connecticut. NMS programs are made possible in part with support from the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism.
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