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Lexington Philharmonic Becomes Nation’s First Symphony Orchestra to Join Music Education Forces with The National Association of Music Parents

Parents and K-12 Students to Benefit from Discounted Tickets to LexPhil Performance and Educational Programming

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana – Sept. 8, 2014 – The Lexington (Ky.) Philharmonic has become the nation’s first symphony orchestra to join forces with The National Association of Music Parents as an educational partner, announced L. Scott McCormick, founder and president of AMP, a nonprofit organization of and for middle and high school band, choir and orchestra parents and booster organizations; music educators; school districts; music industry leaders; arts advocates and professional performing arts organizations and venues.

Highlighting the partnership will be a 20 percent ticket discount to all members of AMP, regardless if they live in Kentucky or elsewhere. “We applaud the Lexington Philharmonic for its recognition of the important role parents play in the life cycle of our young musicians’ lives,” said McCormick. “By becoming a strategic partner with AMP, the Lexington Philharmonic has demonstrated its commitment to music education and has planted a seed for other symphony orchestras and professional music organizations to follow. With today’s announcement, we have taken a significant step forward as AMP continues to build a national movement that brings together all stakeholders in music education.”

Allison Kaiser, executive director of the Lexington Philharmonic, expressed similar enthusiasm. “The Lexington Philharmonic is proud to form a strategic partnership with The National Association of Music Parents as the first symphony orchestra to align with this important national music advocacy organization,” Kaiser said. “As an orchestral organization that presents over 130 concerts and educational events each year, LexPhil believes in the importance of a national network of parents who have children involved in music-making. It is important that they have access resources and connect to arts organizations like LexPhil. “We believe it is vital to support the continued connection to live music that parents and students have developed together over so many years.”

The Lexington Philharmonic, founded in 1961, is the only professional orchestral organization in central Kentucky. LexPhil presents 130 concerts and educational programs each year, including its season series, holiday concerts, Discovery concerts for students, Peanut Butter & Jelly concerts for children, community programs and outdoor summer concerts. More information and tickets can be found at www.lexphil.org.

The National Association of Music Parents Inc. was established in 2011. Led by Scott McCormick, the former president and CEO of both Music for All and Bands of America, AMP was formed in response to the increasing need for a national parental voice in support of music and the arts as an integral discipline within the education system in America. In addition, AMP addresses the very real need to inform parents of the benefits that music participation provides for their children. AMP offers its members webinars; online and on-site professional development; discounts from leading music merchandisers, music organizations and venues; an annual symposium for music parents; a robust website featuring best practices for music parent organizations; and much more.

For additional information concerning AMP and its membership benefits, contact AMP at www.amparents.org.