As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, our mission is to provide scholarships to young people from elementary school age through college age so that they may participate in the educational experience of attending a summer music camp in the specific areas of instrumental and/or vocal music. Our mission includes the intention to promote the study and enjoyment of music and the arts, to encourage discipline and aesthetics in education, to provide opportunities for young people to share their art at a high level of excellence, and to meet with and explore ideas with other young people of various backgrounds, but similar interests. Secondarily, our mission is to promote the musical arts in performance and to give local communities an opportunity to view today’s youth in a positive and constructive light.
Welcome to the Spring edition of our newsletter. Unfortunately, we are going to postpone our 80th Reunion event to 2022. At this time, there are too many unknown details that we cannot plan for. We want this event to be open to all our alumni without any restrictions or complications. This is disappointing for all of us. We are exploring the possibility of having a picnic at a local park in the fall. We’ll announce those details later in the summer.
Summer music camp programs are emerging again after a long hiatus. The camps are facing a challenging summer trying to have meaningful sessions while following restrictions like wearing masks and social distancing that are still required by local and state guidelines. Many camps are offering a virtual program or cancelling for a second summer. Arrowbear will have in-person sessions, but it had to reduce the number of campers per session. Bunk beds are not allowed, so arranging the sleeping areas presented another challenge. Flexibility is the key.
Many thanks to all those who continue to donate to our organization. We just finished awarding our scholarships for 2021. This year we were able to help all the young musicians who needed assistance to attend a summer music camp. Many families are struggling to survive and can’t begin to provide their children with experiences that were once a normal part of growing up. One of our applicants wrote that his family did not always have enough food to eat this past year. Your generous support helps many families provide special musical experiences for their children they can’t afford without help.
This coming Fall, we are going to fund one year of private lessons for as many middle school students as we can. We are raising money through the Long Beach Gives fundraiser on September 23 to help fund the lessons. More information is in a separate article in this newsletter.
I ask that if you can, please visit Arrowbear or any other summer music camp. They need your support and encouragement.
We grant scholarships to any accredited instrumental or choral music camp in the United States. Applications are available beginning February 1 and are due in mid-April.
We publish our Newsletter in the spring and in the fall. Our database contains over two thousand alumni and friends of Arrowbear. Click below to read our latest Newsletter.
HOW CAN I DONATE?
There are multiple ways you can support providing scholarships for summer music camps. We accept donations by check and by credit card through PayPal. For some of you, writing a check, addressing an envelope, and locating a stamp is too time consuming or just flat-out “old school.” There are lots of other ways you can help us help young musicians. Check out these additional options.