Posts Tagged ‘Music Is Art’

John Farmelo

The Pick Me Up Foundation is excited to announce that John Farmelo,  President and Chief Executive Officer at Bradford Energy Capital, LLC has generously offered to help the PMU Foundation organize the First Annual “Aaron’s Ride for Music”.  John Co-Chaired the extremely successful Western New York-based Ride For Roswell (http://rideforroswell.org/) for its first two years and brings many years of experience in organizing charity events.  John is a board member on Music is Art (http://musicisart.org/) and will also be a rider in the event. 

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UMBC Magazine

At Play – Spring 2015

The Right Tune

w15_ATPLAY_right-tuneWhen Brian Reed’s son Aaron died suddenly in January 2014, the family looked for a way to honor his life and his passion for music.

“We wanted to ask for some type of donation in lieu of flowers,” says Reed, a professor and chair of UMBC’s chemical, biochemical and environmental engineering department. “I realized I had never heard of anyone doing a musical instrument drive.”

The result was the Pick Me Up (PMU) Foundation, created in Aaron’s memory to provide musical instruments to underprivileged children, and named after a song Aaron was working on when he died.

After a strong response to a request for financial donations, Reed, his wife, Esther, and daughter Julia organized a drive to collect instruments. They ended up with over 250.

The foundation gives both donations and instruments to two highly respected music organizations (Hungry for Music and Music is Art) which recondition the instruments and choose the recipients. To date, over 200 instruments have been given to children and school programs.

The family plans a live music fundraiser as well as a charity bike ride from Baltimore to Buffalo, where Reed grew up and Aaron lived at the time of his death.

“Some of the musicians Aaron hung out with didn’t have the opportunities he had,” says Reed. “Our hope is that every time a child has the chance to learn and appreciate music, Aaron’s spirit will live on as well.”

– Eleanor Lewis

Pick Me Up Foundation LogoBrian Reed has been added to the Board of Directors for Music Is Art. See the full list of board members by clicking the graphic:

Music Is Art BOD