SoundExchange raised awareness about the importance of music education in public schools with a Capitol Hill charitable event featuring Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue on Thursday, June 23.
Students with the Duke Ellington School of the Arts Radical Elite Show Band performed at a reception prior to the event. Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, and the band’s front man, Troy Andrews, who is a fierce advocate for music education, met with students before the event and gave the audience an energetic performance of their own. All proceeds from the evening will go to the Ellington Fund to support the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, which has offered an arts curriculum for public school students in the District for more than 40 years.
“Musicians are at the heart of everything we do,” SoundExchange President and CEO Michael Huppe said. “Without them our industry wouldn’t exist. That’s why we fight every day to make sure artists are fairly compensated across all platforms, whenever their art is used.”
Huppe continued: “We are grateful to Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, to the Radical Elite Show Band and to all of our sponsors for helping us produce an event that reminds all of us in Washington about the importance of music education and the need to protect the interests and rights of musicians so we preserve the future of music.”
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