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A group photo of mentor, mentees, and donors at a Music Reach event A group photo of mentor, mentees, and donors at a Music Reach event

The Shalala MusicReach program relies on the generosity of our donors. In order to provide a high-quality music education program for many of the most deserving children and youth in South Florida, funds are needed to support undergraduate scholarships, graduate student teaching assistant stipends, as well as the purchase of musical instruments and supplies.

For over a decade, the Shalala MusicReach program has benefitted from Winter Wonderful, the Frost School of Music's annual holiday gala. Through the support from music philanthropists from all over the world, the Shalala MusicReach program has been able to expand and provide underserved children and teens with instruction, positive life choices, and a gateway for higher education.

In December 2014, Phillip and Patricia Frost made the surprise announcement at Winter Wonderful that they would give a one million dollar endowment to name the MusicReach program after the former University of Miami President Donna E. Shalala.

In addition to the support from the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami, the Donna E. Shalala MusicReach is funded in part by the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, the Cultural Affairs Council, the Mayor, and the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners, and The Children's Trust. The Children's Trust is a dedicated source of revenue established by voter referendum to improve the lives of children and families in Miami-Dade County by making strategic investments in their future.

MusicReach is also funded by the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust and Canon. Private donors include Dr. Arthur and Lynda Gordon, Patti and Allan Herbert, Paige and Lou Adler, Liliam and Gus Machado, and Joe and Janet Shein.


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