By: Staff Reports | Gwinnett Citizen
By: Staff Reports | Gwinnett Citizen

Donate music instruments and receive free tickets to Barry Manilow concert

Legendary singer-songwriter Barry Manilow is “hitting the road” ONE LAST TIME! and hopes others will follow his philanthropic lead as he donates a Yamaha Keyboard to launch a local instrument drive during his ONE LAST TIME! Tour for Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS). Anyone who donates a new or gently used musical instrument to The Arena at Gwinnett Center Box Office will receive two free tickets (valid for pre-selected seat locations) for Manilow’s June 4 concert in Duluth, GA.

The Arena at Gwinnett Center box office will be the base for GCPS’ music instrument drive from now through June 4. The instrument drop off location is open Monday—Friday, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Manilow kicked off the drive by donating a new Yamaha keyboard. “I know firsthand how invaluable music education is,” said Manilow.  “It is a privilege for me to help bring the gift of music to these kids.” 

GCPS CEO/Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks expressed his excitement regarding the impact the drive will have on students, saying, “Music plays an important role in the lives of more than 112,000 Gwinnett students who participate in various music programs in grades K-12. In addition to developing a lifelong appreciation, music study helps prepare young minds to think creatively, learn how to work collaboratively, and to become disciplined, critical thinkers and problem solvers – skills needed in the 21st century. The instruments provided through Barry Manilow’s generosity and philanthropic spirit will help foster a love of learning and a love of music… a successful combination that is sure to benefit students today and in the future.”

The Manilow Music Project (MMP) is part of The Manilow Fund for Health and Hope.  Its primary focus is to provide musical instruments to high schools and middle schools and to provide music scholarships at universities throughout the US, Canada, and the UK.  More information on the Manilow Music Project can be found at www.manilowmusicproject.org.