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MUSACK started on Nantucket Island where the summer is fantastic but the winter is long and very isolated with not much to do. The Nantucket year-round population is a little over 10,000 mostly working class, service industry families. The island is home to a growing population of immigrant families many of whom hail from places as far flung as Bulgaria, Ecuador, and Jamaica who find themselves in a strange new home with few means. Enter MUSACK which in 2009 began arming Nantucket’s high schoolers with guitars and music lessons as a way to help them tell their stories and stay focused on kid stuff like doing good in school and moving on to college. Along the way MUSACK has sponsored cultural exchanges to fight off claustrophobia and established a scholarship fund to send kids to college in pursuit of music or related degrees.

In 2015 MUSACK expanded to Los Angeles launching two pilot programs, because, well, kids in LA need to express themselves too. 

Read more about MUSACK programs here.

Contribute to programming here.

 

And check out this cool little ditty we put together to help tell our story...

Thanks to our friends at Sugarshack Animation for contributing their talents to produce this video!

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    Summer Fun on Nantucket

    This past weekend was a busy one for Musack Nantucket: The Boys & Girls Club hosted an open house to show off their newly renovated clubhouse and Cyrus Pierce Middle School premiered their production of  "The Lion King JR".

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    Making Musack at Nantucket Boys & Girls Club

    Guess what just arrived? A brand new video! Thank you Nantucket Boys and Girls Club for an amazing year of guitar, drumming and fun. . . take a peek. 

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    2015 MUSACK Scholars

    We are very proud to announce our 2015 MUSACK Scholars - Leah Hull and Michael Proch. Leah and Michael have been actively involved in music programming at Nantucket High School. For Michael music has been, "like taking part in a whole new universe. When I am playing music, I feel as if I am tapping in to something . . .and I don’t know what it is." Leah, who has participated in theater productions and community performances throughout her childhood, can't imagine life without the joy of music. And she nearly had to - diagnosed with an illness requiring throat surgery there was a time when Leah was unsure of her ability to continue her pursuit of singing. Maintaining a positive attitude, staying active in theater through stage crew work, and many many hours of therapy and practice resulted in Leah "learning to use and appreciate my ‘new’ voice."

    Michael plans to attend Saint Michael's College in Vermont where he will continue his passion for piano. Leah plans to attend Pace University in New York a BFA in musical theater.

    MUSACK congratulates our scholars for their personal and academic accomplishments, which place them among the highest achievers of NHS Class of 2015. 

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    The Lion King JR at Cyrus Pierce MS

    The Chorus and Art departments at CPS will produce a 60-minute version of Disney’s Lion King JR, designed especially for middle school aged performers this summer on Nantucket. The entire CPS Chorus will be a part of the play, a cast of 103 students, with students from the art department crafting textiles, masks and puppets. Laura Gallagher Byrne and CPS Art Teacher Betsy Sibley will guide students through the production. MUSACK is proud to support their efforts with a grant to provide funding for licensing the play materials. Don’t miss the show: Friday, June 19 at 7pm and Saturday, June 20 at 1pm and 4pm.

     

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