From an MENC press release: MENC: The National Association for Music Education announced the launch of the 2008 MusicFriends Challenge to raise funds to support music education. The MusicFriends Challenge occurs during Music In Our Schools Month® (MIOSM®), celebrated every March by schools and communities around the nation. During MIOSM, MENC corporate members Drum Corps International, Jupiter Band Instruments, Jamey Aebersold Jazz, Soundwaves Recording, and West Music Co. will display the MusicFriends Challenge graphic on their Web sites and donate $1 for every click to support music education through MusicFriends. In addition, corporate members Sam Ash and Kiddy Keys will make donations directly to MusicFriends. MusicFriends® is a free membership program sponsored by MENC for parents and community members interesting in supporting school music. Funds raised will be used by MENC to improve and expand music education for all by effecting changes in the general public's perception of its importance. Through MusicFriends, MENC seeks to increase public awareness of the importance of music education and to promote public support for music education at the local, state, and federal levels. Click the MusicFriends Challenge graphic on the DCI.org homepage to support music education today. Learn more about MusicFriends and MENC on MusicFriends.org. MENC: The National Association for Music Education, the world's largest arts education organization, marked its centennial in 2007 as the only association that addresses all aspects of music education. More than 130,000 members represent all levels of teaching from preschool to graduate school. Since 1907, MENC has worked to ensure that every student has access to a well-balanced, comprehensive, and high-quality program of music instruction taught by qualified teachers. MENC's activities and resources have been largely responsible for the establishment of music education as a profession, for the promotion and guidance of music study as an integral part of the school curriculum, and for the development of the National Standards for Arts Education.
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