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Our goal is to save America's endangered music programs. Help us produce this show and be part of history!
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On Friday, April 26 at 7:00pm, the gorgeous Brooklyn Technical High School Theater will play host to a concert event of national importance!  

Mark Wood's "Electrify Your Strings!" music education program is coming to NYC and we're hoping to create an event that will grab people's attention on a grand scale.

With 7 schools spanning the 5 boroughs and Long Island (Fort Hamilton High School and Brooklyn Technical High School representing Brooklyn; Talent Unlimited High School representing Manhattan; Celia Cruz High School representing the Bronx; Bayside High School representing Queens; Curtis High School representing Staten Island; and Westbury High School representing Long Island), we're shining a spotlight on great music educators and their talented students.

Dee Snider (Twisted Sister) will be a guest artist, and Billy Joel will also be lending his support!

The culturally diverse, high profile locale of NYC is the perfect backdrop to focus national attention on the importance of supporting and saving music programs throughout our entire country. Our goal is to create the most impactful music education extravaganza as we possibly can; with over 200 of the finest music students representing Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx, Staten Island, and Long Island.

With so many music programs on the chopping block, we must act now and we must act fast.

After all, music makes you smarter.

We need YOUR help to make this event into the massive extravaganza it deserves to be!

The funds raised from this Kickstarter campaign will go towards professional lighting, sound, video, photography, advertising, promotion, and all the behind-the-scenes details that go into ensuring the success of an event of this magnitude. 

In addition to the rewards listed, everyone who donates will be listed in the 'Sponsors' section of the event program and web page.

Please help us to give young people the tools they need to live a creative life so that America can once again be the leader in education!

To find out more about what we will be doing with the young musicians in NYC, check out "About Electrify Your Strings" below.

ABOUT ELECTRIFY YOUR STRINGS!

Electrify Your Strings! (EYS) is a music education phenomenon that FIRES UP students, teachers, and local communities by injecting a high voltage dose of energy and much-needed funding into a school's music education program.

Created by international recording artist, electric violinist, Emmy winning composer, and music education advocate Mark Wood, EYS connects students, teachers, and administrators to the vibrancy of music in an unforgettable one or two day experience culminating in a live performance, with ticket sales directly benefiting the participating music department.

The advantages of music education are well documented but support for these programs continues to face hurdles. Now celebrating its 12th year, EYS provides a unique solution to these problems by working directly with schools to tailor a program to their needs, raise funds, and inspire students to succeed both in and out of music class.

Mark Wood and his team seek to awaken student musicians to their highest potential, opening them up to the adventure of music. EYS transforms quiet young musicians into expressive people who can't wait to learn! Imagine a fifteen year old rushing to orchestra because he or she can't wait to play. Imagine an energized concert hall buzzing with anticipation for music played by these students. EYS makes this happen!

This groundbreaking program has students, teachers, parents, and school administrators from around the country applauding and the media is taking note!  Watch clips of EYS on The Today Show and the CBS Evening News or click on testimonials to hear directly from the students, parents, and school officials that have experienced EYS firsthand.

Risks and challenges

Our first major hurdle in planning an event of this size and scope was narrowing down our selection to only a few schools out of the hundreds of public schools in NYC. After much deliberation, and with assistance from the Director of Music at the NYC Department of Education, we ultimately selected a wonderful cross-section of talented young student musicians to represent New York.

Up until mid-January, we still didn’t have a venue for this event. With 5 schools on board and chomping at the bit to get material to work on, we searched high and low for the perfect place and were delighted to find the spectacular Brooklyn Technical High School Theater, located only a couple of blocks from the new Barclay’s Center. After hearing about their thriving music program, we invited 60 of their finest students to join in. So now we have 6 schools participating!

Our next challenge is to get the word out in a big way (that's where you come in) so we can fill the 2,700 seats at BTHS – the balcony alone holds 1,000! We want to make sure that the 200+ orchestra, band, and choir students, who are working diligently on the music as we speak, are seen and heard by all! Towards that end, we are donating hundreds of free tickets to a selection of students and their families from other NYC area schools.

It is our sincerest hope to make this an annual event – with your help, we are sure to succeed!

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    You'll be entered into a drawing to win a 30-minute Skype violin lesson from Mark Wood.

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    You'll receive a download of the Mark Wood or Laura Kaye album of your choice.

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    You'll receive a personalized video thank-you message emailed to you from Mark Wood, Laura Kaye, and/or Elijah Wood - your choice! Plus, we'll give you a Mark or Laura album download of your choice.

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    You'll receive downloads of 3 Mark Wood and Laura Kaye albums of your choice.

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    THE ELIJAH WOOD PACKAGE! You'll receive personally autographed drum sticks, a personalized video thank you message from Elijah, and a free download of Elijah's first single, Somnium.

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    You'll receive 1 ticket to the show on Friday, April 26 at Brooklyn Technical HS Theater plus downloads of 3 Mark Wood and Laura Kaye albums of your choice.

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    You'll receive 2 tickets to the show on Friday, April 26 at Brooklyn Technical HS Theater plus downloads of 5 Mark Wood and Laura Kaye albums of your choice.

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    You'll receive a free Mark Wood t-shirt, 2 tickets to the show on Friday, April 26 at Brooklyn Technical HS Theater, downloads of 5 Mark Wood and Laura Kaye albums of your choice.

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    You'll receive a 1-hour private violin lesson with Mark Wood or voice lesson with Laura Kaye (in person or via Skype). Downloads of full Mark Wood and Laura Kaye discography.

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    You'll receive 4 tickets in the VIP section for the show, a special meet and greet before or after the show, a 1-hour private violin lesson with Mark Wood or voice lesson with Laura Kaye (in person or via Skype), downloads of full Mark Wood and Laura Kaye discography.

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    You'll receive a unique, commissioned painting by Annie Haslam, valued at $1,000. This is a truly unique 16x20 piece of artwork that Annie will create just for you; based on YOUR personality, YOUR dreams, YOUR vision! Best known for her long tenure as the vocalist for prog-rockers Renaissance, Annie paints the spectacular Wood Violins Annie Haslam Signature Series - woodviolins.com/anniehaslam

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    You'll receive a Stingray SV4 electric violin OR a Concert Series 4-string acoustic-electric violin PERSONALLY AUTOGRAPHED BY MARK WOOD; a Wood electric violin amplifier; a Wood wah-wah pedal, and Mark's "Electrify Your Strings" method book (retail value of package valued at $1,500).

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    An intimate house concert performance with Mark Wood, Laura Kaye, and Elijah Wood; anywhere in the NY/NJ/CT tri-state area. We'll even give you a list of songs to choose from and YOU can put together the set list! Plus, you'll receive signed posters and music download cards for all attendees. Throw a Mark Wood party! Get all your friends to contribute! Expires December 2013. Scheduling subject to availability.

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    You'll receive a 5-string Viper electric violin with Wood pickup, phantom frets, and purple quilt exotic top PERSONALLY AUTOGRAPHED BY MARK WOOD; plus a Wood electric violin amplifier; a Wood wah-wah pedal, and Mark's "Electrify Your Strings" method book! (Package retails for $3,500. Mark's actual signature greatly increases the value. Limited colors available - please contact us and we'll be happy to send you more details.)

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    You'll receive a Stingray SV4 electric violin AND a 5-string Viper electric violin with Wood pickup, phantom frets, and purple quilt exotic top - both PERSONALLY AUTOGRAPHED BY MARK WOOD; plus two (2) Wood electric violin amplifiers; two (2) Wood wah-wah pedals, and two (2) copies of Mark's "Electrify Your Strings" method book.

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    A 2-day Electrify Your Strings program with Mark Wood, Laura Kaye, and Elijah Wood - working with orchestra, choir, and/or band students - at any school or university in the USA! Does not include travel expenses. Expires June 2014 - dates subject to availability.
    PLEASE NOTE: This option also includes one Stingray SV4 electric violin AND one Concert Series 4-string acoustic-electric violin PERSONALLY AUTOGRAPHED BY MARK WOOD; two (2) Wood electric violin amplifiers; two (2) Wood wah-wah pedals, and two (2) copies of Mark's "Electrify Your Strings" method book (over $2,500 retail value). For details about EYS, please call 516-767-6677 or visit ElectrifyYourStrings.com.

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