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House of Blues foundation to give away musical instruments so students can practice at home



File: Advanced violin students play their instruments at San Fernando Elementary.
File: Advanced violin students play their instruments at San Fernando Elementary.
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House of Blues has a holiday treat for budding musicians: its nonprofit foundation is handing out free instruments to students.

The campaign, known as "Give Music," is in its second year. Organizers expect this year to distribute about 350 instruments to aspiring musicians age 10 to 22.

"This program in particular is meeting the need to provide the opportunity for young musicians to practice or play music when they're not in school," said Nazanin Fatemian, program manager with the House of Blues Music Forward Foundation.   

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The musical instrument giveaway got its start when staffers noticed students in the foundation's school day programs didn't have enough time with instruments to practice what they learned. Organizers hope that if students practice at home with their own instruments, they will make real progress in their music and fully develop as performers.

House of Blues Music Forward Foundation is on track to help about 15,000 students in Southern California this school year through its music education programs.

Students can apply for a free instrument by visiting the foundation's website and writing a short essay for a chance to win. The deadline to apply is Dec. 5 and instruments will be delivered in January. 

The public can also make a donation to support the campaign. Organizers say 100 percent of donations go directly towards purchasing instruments for students.