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Nat King Cole Generation Hope proudly supports schools and organizations that are committed to providing quality music education to children with the greatest need and fewest resources.

NKCGH Summer Strings

For Students For Music Educators

June 12 – 16 & June 19 – 23, 2023
Email info@natkingcolegenhope.org or Call 561.213.8209.

For Elementary & Middle School Students
@ Lynn University

Now in its 13th year, this two-week summer music camp dedicated to elementary & middle-level string students serves children in the Palm Beach County area with the greatest need and fewest resources and culminates in a free community concert on the final day. To be added to the concert invite list, please email info@natkingcolegenhope.org.

The Summer Strings program is led by NKCGH, Palm Beach County School District teachers and music mentors from Lynn University, and generously supported by the Cultural Council for Palm Beach County, Boca West Children’s Foundation, and Palm Beach County.

2023 Summer Strings Info

Make Music Day

For Students For Music Educators For Community

June 21, 2023

General Public

NKCGH launched “Make Music Palm Beach County” among South Florida’s celebrations of Make Music Day, the world’s largest, single-day music festival (based on France’s Fête de la Musique). On June 21, the longest day of the year, free, live, individual & group musical performers take the stage online, in homes and venues across the region. Make Music Palm Beach County joins 1,000 cities in 120 countries for this global event, and as a member of the Make Music Alliance, with more than 85 other U.S. cities in supporting this day of music.

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NKCGH Summer Jazz at VanderCook College of Music

For Students For Music Educators

July 31 – August 4, 2023

For Middle + High School Students
VanderCook College of Music, Chicago

This one-week summer music camp for middle and high school-level band students is embarking on its first year in Chicago, IL, and focuses on children with the greatest need and fewest resources. The program is collaboratively led by NKCGH, VanderCook College of Music Chair for Jazz Studies, Diversity and Inclusion Dr. Roosevelt Griffin III, as well as Vandercook students serving as music mentors. Summer Jazz is generously supported by The Kathy Hutchings Family Foundation.

2023 Summer Jazz Info

NKCGH Music Educators Conference

For Students For Music Educators For Community

2023 TBD

Virtual

Music educators from across the U.S. and beyond are invited to join us for the 4th annual Music Educators Conference. This three-day virtual conference is once again under the direction of Mr. Edrick Rhodes of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. This year’s theme is K-12 Music Education: Recapitulation “Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow…”

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Showcasing Our Music Students

CP Group’s Community Tree Lighting

November 17, 2022 / 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Boca Raton Innovation Campus

West Boca Raton Community High School Choral: BELLA VOCE, an auditioned treble ensemble composed of students in grades 10-12 under the direction of Choral Director Catherine Briggs and with support from Nat King Cole Generation Hope, a local nonprofit working to provide access to music education for children with the greatest need.

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TEAM AIRPORT ARRIVALS

December 14, 2022

Atlantic Aviation, Palm Beach International Airport

Lake Worth Community High School Band: Trojan Sound, composed of students in grades 9-12, are known for taking great pride in representing their program, school, and community while under the direction of Band Director Dr. Tiffany Cox. They will be performing on the PBIA tarmac with support from Nat King Cole Generation Hope, a local nonprofit working to provide access to music education for children with the greatest need.

An Evening with Jay Leno benefiting the Boca West Children’s Foundation

January 8, 2023 / 6 PM

Boca West Country Club

The Dreyfoos School of the Arts Band Department is an award-winning and nationally recognized program, offering serious young musicians the opportunity to perform in a variety of ensembles while learning from experts in the field. They will be performing as the opening act for Jay Leno with support from the Dreyfoos School of the Arts Foundation in partnership with Nat King Cole Generation Hope, a local nonprofit working to provide access to music education for children with the greatest need.

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Project Encore!
Instrument Donation Program

For Students For Music Educators For Community

Give the gift of music! Nat King Cole Generation Hope welcomes tax-deductible donations of musical instruments, to be refurbished and delivered to schools and organizations serving children in need, those for whom buying a guitar or clarinet is not financially feasible. This is a rewarding, hassle-free opportunity to contribute pianos, strings, horns, wind or percussion instruments that remain unused in a closet, attic or living room. NKCGH connects as many children as possible with needed instruments, putting musical joy in a child’s hands and heart.

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Mentors In Schools

For Students For Music Educators

Our program recruits and places select graduate and post-graduate music mentors in elementary and secondary schools to work with students during the academic year, under the guidance of school directors. Mentors and school educators/administrators closely collaborate to create and implement lesson plans tailored to individual students and group.

Nat & Maria Cole Memorial Scholarship

For Students

A four-year college scholarship bestowed to a deserving and excelling high school student who wishes to further his/her education and pursue their dreams in the field of music. The George Snow Scholarship Fund was selected by Nat King Cole Generation Hope to administer this scholarship commitment, by identifying potential candidates, managing the application process, and mentoring the student recipient.

Post-Covid Music Education Information & Resources

For Students For Music Educators For Community

Beneficiaries of Programs & Services to Date

Schools + Organizations we have helped:

AD Henderson University School
Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts
American Senior High School
Arts and Culture Center of Ft Lauderdale
Arts Garage
Bak Middle School of the Arts
Banyan Creek Elementary School
Bear Lakes Middle School
Belvedere Elementary School
Berkshire Elementary School
Boca Raton Community High School
Boca Raton Middle School
Boca Raton Symphonia
Carver Community Middle School
Cholee Lake Elementary School
Congress Middle School
Cypress Bay High School
Dillard High School
Don Estridge High Tech Middle School
Dr. Mary Mcleod Bethune Elementary School
Egret Lake Elementary School
Florida Youth Orchestra
Forest Hill Community High School
Guitars Over Guns Operation
Heritage Elementary School
Irie Foundation
Jaega Middle School
JFK Middle School
KEC/Canal Point Elementary School
Lake Worth Community High School
Lake Worth Middle School
Loggers Run Community Middle School
Lynn University Conservatory of Music
Make Music Palm Beach County
Miami Senior High School

New World School of the Performing Arts
New World Symphony
Northmore Elementary School
Northwest Miami Senior High School
Okeechobee High School
Olympic Heights Community High School
Omni Middle School
Osceola County School for the Arts
Palm Beach Public School
Palm Springs Elementary
Palmetto Elementary School
Piper High School
Plumosa Elementary School of the Arts
Riviera Beach Boys and Girls Club
Roosevelt Community Middle School
Sandpiper Shores Elementary School
South Tech Academy
Spanish River High School
Summer Jazz at FAU
Summer Strings at Lynn University
Tequesta Trace Middle School
The Conservatory School at North Palm Beach
The Nat and Maria Cole Memorial Scholarship
U.B. Kinsey/Palmview Elementary School of the Arts
Watson B. Duncan Middle School
Wellington Community High School
Wellington Elementary School
West Boca Raton Community High School
Western Pines Middle School
Youth Activity Center
Youth Orchestra of Palm Beach County
Summer Strings at VanderCook College of Music
Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls

The following are states + countries where over 500 educators are from that participated in Educators Conference last year:

India
London
Mexico
US Virgin Islands
Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii

Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Missouri
Montana
Nevada

New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
Ohio
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Virginia
Washington
Wisconsin

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