MusicDish e-Journal - August 22, 2017
MusicDish Advertising Network
» HOME » INSIDER SCOOP » CAREER TIPS » MUSIC SPOTLIGHT » MUSICDISH*CHINA
» INDUSTRY INTERVIEWS » NEWS BEAT » DIGITAL SKOOL » OPEN REVIEW » MUSICDISH EDELWEISS
Search MusicDish e-Journal (Advanced)
Subscribe To MusicDish e-Journal
About | Contact | Advertise | RSS | Submit Article | Submit News | Artist Development | Premium PR Distribution
Mi2N | MusicDish*China | MusicDish Network | MusicDishTV | Urban Music News Network

Phish & The Mockingbird Foundation
By Jon Newton, p2pnet.net
(more articles from this author)
2002-01-02
Comment | Email | Print | RSS

Name your poisson
Phish is a Burlington, Vermont-based guitar, bass, keys, and drum band formed in 1983. Its members met in college in Vermont and since those early days, the quartet has attracted a cult-like following of 'phans'.

Like you didn't know.

Phish says its/their style is eclectic with originals covering fusion-funk-blues-and-classical-inspired psychedelic rock; swing and jazz (from covers such as "The 'A' Train" to originals such as "Magilla"); rock (from covers such as "Highway to Hell" to originals like "Lucy with a Lumpy Face"); bluegrass (from traditionals such as "Paul and Silas" to originals such as "Poor Heart", to the 10-31-94 cover of "Don't Pass Me By"); showtunes (including "Somewhere Over the Rainbow", both with the Dave Matthews Band and with Page on the theremin); odd 1980s pop (like "Melt the Guns"); crooners (from the original "Lawnboy" to the 12/31/97 cover of Sinatra's "New York, New York"); punk ("Anarchy"); hardcore ("BBFCFM", or the 5/8/89 "I Didn't Know"); heavy-metal (e.g. 2-21-97 Wilson); reggae ("Makisupa Policeman", "Yamar", and the 4-16-92 NICU or 11-19-92 "Lengthwise"); and fugues. [credit: www.phish.net/faq/bphish.html]

For more, try http://www.phish.net/

The Mockingbird Foundation is, in turn, a non-profit organization of Phish fans founded in 1997 to generate $$$ for charity. There are no salaries and no paid staff and Mockingbird exists almost entirely online, meaning it avoids real-time travel and other expenses usually associated with grant-making bodies.

Funds come from sales of its voluminous Phish Companion and the double-CD Phish tribute, Sharin' in the Groove, each produced by Mockingbird. And all the revenues from the book and CD support music education for children.

So far, the Mockingbird has awarded grants amounting to more than $170,000, including eight new grants awarded last week, to low-income, minority, and gifted children, "from California to Connecticut and Kentucky to Kosovo." The money will bring new instruments, instructors, curricula, and professional development for teachers, to a wide range of settings and musical genres.

And if you doubt that, consider the following as examples:

Round One (March 2001): $10,500 broken down as a grant of $5,000 was awarded to the Athabascan Music Program of the Yukon-Koyukuk School District in Alaska. The idea is to reintroduce traditional music and instruments to needy villages of the Yukon and Koyukuk River Valleys. It focuses on instruction in 11 rural and isolated schools, and combines a travelling professional fiddler/guitarist with the involvement of village elders. The Mockingbird Foundation's grant will help purchase instruments for the younger children - percussion, rhythm, and small-necked Athabascan fiddles and guitars;

$3,000 to the New Mexico Jazz Workshop in Albuquerque. Part of the Workshop's five-program education series is a Summer Jazz Camp for children 6-12. The Mockingbird Foundation's grant will re-instate, for 2001, scholarships for low-income students to participate. Specifically, it'll allow 15 students to attend the camp at a discounted tuition rate for two weeks this summer; and,

$2,500 to Art Sanctuary and the LIFE After School Program in Philadelphia. Art Sanctuary is an African-American arts organization housed in the Church of the Advocate. The LIFE program serves 50-80 elementary and middle-school children, to whom Art Sanctuary has introduced an artist-in-residency project to teach traditional drumming techniques indigenous to West African cultures. The Mockingbird grant pays for the instructor, assistants, and drums needed for the six-month program. And there are plenty more grantees listed on the Mockingbird web page at http://www.mockingbirdfoundation.org/

It's nice to see how a real charity works. And it's especially nice to see a component of the music industry contributing to kids' needs without using it as PR tool.


Home » Music Spotlight » Phish & The Mockingbird Foundation
Permalink:http://www.musicdish.com/mag/?id=4943
Email |Print |Comment |RSS

back | top


MusicDish Advertising Network

Music Spotlight

» Nick Brodeur Wins Studio Package From ReverbNation

» Earl And The Steadies To Play In Seoul For "Back To The Retro" Party

» Nielsen Release Music 360 China Report

» New Island Entertainment Presents A F8ckin Birthday Extravaganza at Santos Party House

» Toyota 'Feeling the Street' Global Street Music Campaign

Music Spotlight Directory



» [2017-08-15] What's Next In Music? Focuses On China; This Year's "What's Next In Music?" Will Include A Panel Called "Focus Market: China"

» [2017-08-14] Because Acquires Majority Of Former London Records Catalogue; Because Group Acquires Warner Music 90, Encompassing A Majority Of Former London Records Catalogue

» [2017-08-10] BMG Expands In Canada To Build Its Records Business; BMG Is Scaling Up Its Recorded Music Operations In Canada With Dedicated A&R, Marketing And Promotion Resources In Toronto For The First Time

» [2017-08-10] Live Nation Responds To Growing Demand For Electronic Music In Asia With New Business Unit; The First Bill From Live Nation Electronic Asia Will Be A Tour From TiŽsto Supporting His Forthcoming Album CLUBLIFE VOL. 5: CHINA

» [2017-08-07] Streaming Music Services Help UK Entertainment Double Its Growth Rate; Ed Sheeran Trumps Star Wars And Fantastic Beasts To Deliver 2017's Biggest Seller So Far

» [2017-08-07] Paul Rosenberg Named CEO Of Def Jam Recordings; Paul Rosenberg, Renowned For Developing And Supporting The Careers Of Artists Including Eminem, 50 Cent And D12, Among Others

» [2017-08-07] PPL And PRS For Music Launch Music Recognition Technology Pilot; Pilot Includes Iconic Nightclubs Ministry Of Sound And Fabric And Major Club Chain The Deltic Group

» [2017-08-06] Discogs Releases 2017 Mid-Year Marketplace Analysis Nielsen Vs. Discogs - Database Highlights; Highlights Include Discogs (15% Growth) Versus Nielsen (17% Decline)

» [2017-08-02] MusicDish Review: Kenn Rowell Music Video "It's Good To Be Back"; Kenn Rowell, The Rhythm Guitarist, Lead Singer/frontman And Main Songwriter For The NYC Based Old School Punk 'n Roll Band, The Baghdaddios, Released His Solo Album

» [2017-08-02] Fake Artists And Fake Streams: Fact Or Fiction?; Many Irreputable Entrepreneurs Are Now "selling Streams" On Services Such As Spotify

» [2017-08-02] Legendary Rock Group Journey To Sponsor IndyCar Driver Ryan Norman; Journey's Latest Venture Will See The Band Spinning Its Wheels And Going In Circles - Totally On Purpose

» [2017-08-02] Viberate Enables Musicians To Charge For Their Performances In Cryptocurrencies; Viberate Will Allow Musicians To Start Offering Gigs To Event Organizers In Exchange For Crypto Coins Such As Bitcoin And Ether
MusicDish Advertising Network

follow MusicDish on
Follow MusicDish on Twitter

Mi2N Music PR

Roger D'arcy Release 'Ordinary Man' As The First Track From His New Album The House Of Heads On August 24

Hybrid Studios Joins Earthquaker Devices Studio Program

A Timeless Voice And A Violin - A Duet Like No Other

Caspar McCloud Releases First Acoustic Worship Album "Pictures Of Jesus"

Missing Link Music Signs Bluegrass Songwriter Of The Year Daryl Mosley

Missing Link Music Signs Jazz Icon Najee

The Village People's Iconic Cowboy Randy Jones Sets Summer On Fire With A Cascade Of Remixes For Single 'Hard Times'



Websites: Mi2N | MusicDish*China | MusicDish Network | MusicDishTV | Urban Music News Network
Services: Submit Article | Submit News | Submit Video | Artist Development | Premium PR Distribution

Copyright © 1997-2017 MusicDish LLC., all rights reserved.
About MusicDish e-Journal | Contact Us | Advertise | RSS | Internships