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Aviation Development Council and The New York Pops Work Together to Bring Music Education to Queens Schools

March 19, 2015


ADC awards PopsEd grant funding for Kids in the Balcony and Lesson-Based Residencies in Queens public schools

NEW YORK, NY – On Saturday, March 28, 2015, at 11:30 AM, the Aviation Development Council (ADC) will celebrate its continued support of The New York Pops and its PopsEd programs with a check presentation and media event at Russell Sage Junior High School 190 in Forest Hills, Queens, New York.

The ADC, a bridge organization between the region’s aviation industry, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and the communities they serve, generously supports various PopsEd programs, including Kids in the Balcony, which offers free tickets to New York Pops concerts in Carnegie Hall to under-served music students in New York City.
The ADC-New York Pops partnership will expand in the 2015-2016 school year to include new Lesson-Based PopsEd Residencies in public schools in Queens neighborhoods near the region’s airports. ADC Executive Director Bill Huisman will present the check to The New York Pops during a pre-concert PopsEd lesson with the NYC Department of Education’s Boroughwide Salute to Music Band and Orchestra program, which will prepare the students for an April 10 visit to Carnegie Hall.

“I am thrilled to expand PopsEd’s relationship with the ADC,” said New York Pops Director of Education Kathryn Rudolph. “Bill and the Council are wonderful advocates for music education, and we are delighted that they will continue to enable The New York Pops to provide critical music programs to public schools at no charge to the participants.”

The Aviation Development Council works to foster a positive environment for the advancement of aviation within the airport communities surrounding the Port Authority’s managed and owned airports in the New York-New Jersey metro area by promoting a business-minded and community-friendly agenda for the region’s aviation industry and the communities it serves. ADC is proactively involved in community outreach through its 'Airports Do Care Outreach' grant program, where qualified grass-roots, not-for-profit organizations are awarded special grants to foster better understanding between the aviation community and our important airport neighborhoods. These sponsorship awards are targeted to local charitable organizations that focus programs on youth-wellness, youth leadership development, and educational opportunities for young people.

Kids in the Balcony provides free tickets to more than 1,500 New York City school children, ages 8 to 18, to attend The New York Pops concerts at Carnegie Hall each year. Approximately twenty percent of these students live in the local neighborhoods in Queens surrounding the JFK and LaGuardia airports. Kids in the Balcony includes tickets to The New York Pops Birthday Gala where more than 830 children, from grades 3 to 12, fill the Carnegie Hall balcony seats – an incredible opportunity for children to experience live music of the highest quality in a beautiful and historic venue.