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Founding Executive Director of the GRAMMY Museum® Presents The Marcia P. Hoffman School Of The Arts With Recognition Plaque

Published: July 11, 2018

At a reception in the Murray Theatre on Tuesday, July 10, Bob Santelli, Founding Executive Director of the GRAMMY Museum® and creator of the GRAMMY Museum®’s Music Revolution Project® presented the Marcia P. Hoffman School of the Arts at Ruth Eckerd Hall with a plaque recognizing the school as a GRAMMY Museum® affiliate.  This is the sixth consecutive year that the Marcia P. Hoffman School of the Arts has offered this program.  To date, more than 100 aspiring musicians, singers and songwriters have participated in the program. 

The GRAMMY Museum®’s acclaimed Music Revolution Project® is a national educational initiative offering talented youth in the area the chance to engage in musical workshops, songwriting courses, mentoring sessions and record original material. The tuition-free, four-week program culminates when they perform their new work live in a showcase concert on the Ruth Eckerd Hall main stage.  

“As a GRAMMY Museum® affiliate, The Marcia P. Hoffman School of the Arts joins cultural institutions like the Bob Marley Museum in Jamaica, The Woody Guthrie Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma and the Beatles Story in Liverpool, as well as University affiliates across the country such as Yale, Berklee College of Music and Oregon State University,” said Santielli.  “The Marcia P. Hoffman School of the Arts now has access to GRAMMY Museum® exhibitions, educational initiatives, research programs, internship opportunities, collaborative marketing and promotions and technical support for interactive displays and more,” he concluded. 

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(From left to right) - Joyce Cotton – Ruth Eckerd Hall Education Committe Chairman, Bob Santelli – GRAMMY Museum® Founding Executive Director, Zev Buffman – Ruth Eckerd Hall President & CEO, Jana Jones – Ruth Eckerd Hall Chairman of the Board. Photo Credit:  Jeff O’Kelley

Zev Buffman, Ruth Eckerd Hall President & CEO commented, “Nearly seven years ago, Bob and I started thinking and planning about this program and the results could not have been more incredible.  At the core of it all is a deep friendship and shared commitment to our up and coming superstars.” 

“We are incredibly proud of our affiliation with the GRAMMY Museum® and their long-standing tradition of excellence in music,” said Sharon-Reid Kane, M.Ed – Education & Outreach Officer / Vice President-Education & Outreach The Marcia P. Hoffman School of the Arts.  “As stewards of the prestigious Music Revolution Project, it is our honor to continue the tradition of fostering the next generation of singer-songwriters in a safe and nurturing environment, and providing life-changing experiences. We look forward to celebrating their successes and this growing partnership in the years to come!”