20-Hour Practice Challenge










MTAC Santa Monica Bay
Music Students’ Service League

2017–2018
Winter 20-Hour Practice Challenge
Information Sheet


Westside Music Foundation (WMF) is non-profit 501(c)(3) public benefit charity for music education. www.westsidemusicfoundation.org

MTAC Santa Monica Bay Music Students’ Service League (MSSL) is a student-run organization of the Santa Monica Bay Branch of the Music Teachers’ Association of California that develops leadership skills through participation in community service activities. www.mtac.org | www.mtacsmbay.org

The 2017–2018 Winter 20-Hour Practice Challenge will benefit New Directions for Veterans and create musical performance and educational opportunities for veterans at CalVet in West Los Angeles. Support awarded through the Disney Be Inspired Grant program that is administered by Youth Service America (YSA).

NewDirections forVeterans, established in 1992, provides comprehensive services to thousands of veterans in Los Angeles County. Los Angeles has the largest population of homeless veterans in the country. New Directions provides transitional housing in the form of permanent supportive housing and bridge housing for veterans. They also offer substance abuse treatment, counseling, remedial education, job training and resources, legal services, parenting and money management classes. www.ndvets.org

CalVet (Veterans Home of California, West Los Angeles) is the largest veterans home in the County of Los Angeles. It is a 396-bed long-term healthcare facility comprised of residential care facility for the elderly, a skilled nursing facility, and memory care unit. www.calvet.ca.gov/VetHomes/pages/west-los-angeles.aspx



INSTRUCTIONS
All students—any age, any instrument—are eligible to participate in this fundraising event! Students will record their practice hours and pledges on the 2017–2018 Winter 20-Hour Practice Challenge Sponsor Sheet. Students will record the number of hours practiced daily to the nearest ½ hour in the spaces provided. The goal is to practice at least 20 hours between November 25, 2017 and January 10, 2018. Please note that 20 hours is a suggested minimum. Practicing more will not only raise more money, but will also improve your playing greatly!

SPONSOR SHEET 
Please download Sponsor Sheet below.

SUBMISSION
Participating students must collect all pledge earnings (cash or checks made payable to Westside Music Foundation) and their 2017–2018 Winter 20-Hour Practice Challenge Sponsor Sheet(s) and send cash/checks and sponsor sheet(s) in one envelope, postmarked by Friday, January 12, 2018 or dropped off by Monday, January 15, 2018 to:

Deborah H, How, President
Westside Music Foundation
843 Yale Street
Santa Monica, CA 90403

If sponsors would prefer to submit their pledges by PayPal or credit card, they may do so here: https://form.jotform.com/73340552054954

GOAL
Our goal is to raise a total of $10,000: 50% of net proceeds will go to New Directions for Veterans and the other 50% will go to a new fund at WMF/MTAC Santa Monica Bay MSSL to create musical performance and educational opportunities for veterans at CalVet (Veterans Home of California) in West Los Angeles.

PRIZES
To be eligible for prizes, envelopes must be postmarked by Friday, January 12, 2018 or dropped off by Monday, January 15, 2018. There are four age groups:
  1. Preschool–2nd grade 
  2. 3rd grade–5th grade 
  3. 6th grade–8th grade 
  4. 9th grade–12th grade
Prizes will be awarded in each age group to the student who practices the most total hours and to the student who has the most individual sponsors (not the total dollar amount)—two opportunities to win! Teachers are also encouraged to participate! Prizes will be awarded to the teacher who practices the most total hours and to the teacher who has the most individual sponsors.

QUESTIONS?
Please contact Megan Chang, MSSL Practice Challenge Chair
mchang2@hwemail.com
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