Music lover creates fund to help children appreciate music

Indiana woman tries to inspire a love of music in children with new fund.

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    An Indiana woman established the For the Love of Music Fund in Vigo County to provide financial support to fifth- and sixth-grade students so they can participate in band, choir or orchestra. In this photo, Janick Gers of Iron Maiden performs live at Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest in Ontario, Canada.
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A western Indiana woman is trying to inspire a love of music in children and families who might lack the means to pursue their interests.

Kathleen Culver established the For the Love of Music Fund in Vigo County with $500 in seed money and is asking for donations to help the effort to provide financial support to fifth- and sixth-grade students so they can participate in band, choir or orchestra.

"If they are discouraged at that age, I'm afraid they won't pursue it," she said.

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Money from the fund could cover the costs of instrument rentals, voice lessons or band uniforms.

Jenny Thomas, executive director of the Vigo County Education Foundation, said a panel of music teachers and an administrator will decide how the money is distributed.

She said the foundation's goal is for the fund to be sustainable. Contributions are tax-deductible.

"We won't award it all at once," Thomas said.

She praised Culver for initiating the idea.

"I think it's outstanding that a member of our community is such an ardent supporter of the arts and so committed to providing music assistance to students throughout our school corporation," she said.

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