Nashville Symphony competes for Pepsi Refresh funding in December

December 01, 2010

Throughout the entire month of December, the Nashville Symphony is in the running to receive a $250,000 grant through the Pepsi Refresh Project. Finalists are determined by popular vote, and members of the public are encouraged to vote every day during the month of December to help the Symphony win this national grant competition. Funding will go toward outfitting and operating the Nashville Symphony’s Music Mobile, a musical field trip on wheels for Middle Tennessee youth. To vote, visit, or text Pepsi (73774) from your mobile phone with the message: 104869 (standard text messaging rates apply).

The Music Mobile will be a rolling music education center featuring an Instrument Petting Zoo, a hands-on introduction to classical, country and bluegrass instruments. Children and adults alike will have the opportunity to participate in music-making experiences, live music demonstrations and multimedia instrument exhibits when the Music Mobile rolls into town to visit schools, community centers, parks and festivals.

Rob Bironas, placekicker for the Tennessee Titans, is the Music Mobile's spokesperson. "Children, when introduced to music, are more likely to succeed in school and in life," he says. "Applying the same commitment to mastering an instrument can be as challenging as attaining touchdowns on a football field. I am proud to be a part of this project because it’s one way I can help share the life-changing power of music education."

The Music Mobile will become one of the many learning opportunities currently offered through the Nashville Symphony's education and community engagement programs, which served more than 170,000 children and families last year.

A vote for the Music Mobile is a vote for our whole community! With your help, our Music Mobile will be able to bring the joy of music and the satisfaction of learning to thousands of children and adults throughout Middle Tennessee.