“Music education matters to me because we need a culturally literate population that is able to think critically, discern subtlety and nuance, experience boundless joy, and achieve excellence beyond test scores.”David Spies
“On behalf of the East Madison Community Center, it is my pleasure to express support for the Madison Area Music Awards Inc. The MAMAs brought music to the Center last year by coordinating a local donation of a piano. The children in the Center have enjoyed playing the piano and are interested in expanding the music program. The MAMAs also brought the Blues to EMCC through the kids blues program (led by a member from the Cash Box Kings and the Madison Blues Society) by making a cash donation.
Not only did they have fun, they learned about the value of practicing something and sticking with it to improve their skill levels.Regina Lloren
For the past two summers, EMCC youth have participated in the Blues education program with the Madison Blues Society which is supported by the MAMAs. The children loved learning about the music and instruments and creating their own blues tunes. They performed at the Madison Blues Picnic in 2008 and 2009. Not only did they have fun, they learned about the value of practicing something and sticking with it to improve their skill levels. Many of the children were nervous about performing, but to their own surprise enjoyed the experience. In addition, they have expressed interest in continuing with music programs at EMCC and performing once again next year.
EMCC supports the MAMAs as they seek funding for their programs that contribute positively to the EMCC Community.”
– Regina Lloren, Assistant Director, East Madison Community Center
“(The Madison Area Music Association) helped secure sound equipment for the new Loft, the high school music venue located at the Goodman Center. This equipment is used almost every weekend and is enjoyed by thousands of area teens. They have also adopted our fledging new program MEDIAWORKS, a teen multi-media program. As our adopted parents, they have written grants that have provided important start up funds for this amazing new seed program. This summer we had teens learning about film and sound production and creating wonderful little films that can be seen on YouTube.
The MAMAs awards [are] a celebration of an important aspect of our local culture.Becky SteinhoffRick gave me a complimentary ticket to attend the 2009 MAMA awards and I enjoyed every minute of it. It was wonderful to see all the local artists highlighted and the diversity of the award categories and performers was really marvelous. Local artists contribute so much to the fabric of what makes a community wonderful and so often they perform on, largely unappreciated. The MAMA awards bring them together and celebrate all that they bring to our community- a celebration of an important aspect of our local culture. The impact goes well beyond the day of the event, reaching beyond those who attend.”
– Becky Steinhoff, Executive Director, Goodman Community Center
“This organization has not only helped young musicians in central Wisconsin to get access to instruments and music instruction, but it has helped to bring together the larger music and arts community in support of their cause.
I am a private business owner operating a recording studio in Madison, Wisconsin, who has sponsored the annual awards show for many years. Together with the employees here, my clients, and colleagues at other studios in town, we have seen first-hand the amazing things this organization is accomplishing, and through the annual awards show, how they are able to bring recognition to diverse music genres, performers, programs, and instructors in a way that inspires and rewards those in the surrounding community. It is an amazing organization run by some amazing and passionate people that I hope continues on for years to come.”
– Jake Johnson, Producer/Engineer, Paradyme Productions
Each year the Madison Area Music Association works to get instruments into kids hands in schools where this type of support is vital.Tim Wurlger
“The MAMAs is extraordinarily supportive of musicians in the area but more importantly it is supportive of music education as a vehicle for its mission – to support the preservation and expansion of all forms of music education in the Madison area, and to encourage and promote the artistic advancement of our emerging musical youth. Each year the Madison Area Music Association works to get instruments into kids hands in schools where this type of support is vital. With the budget restraints faced by schools, often times the area music programs continue to receive less funding and often times students go under-served. Equipment quickly becomes in need of repair or replacement and in the case of technology quickly becomes outdated. The MAMAs provides equipment and financial support to school and school music programs. They seek out teachers that are providing creative opportunities through music to students and provide support to those initiatives. The other really incredible aspect is that the Madison Area Music Association embraces all forms of music. This in itself is evidence of the genuine qualities of the MAMAs and its interest in keeping music alive. For them, the sentiment is not simply a tag line used in advertising but rather a way of operating on a day-to-day basis.
– Tim Wurlger, Program Director, Wisconsin School Music Association