In the fall of 2016, KEYS’ instructor John Konya, along with a college intern from University of New Haven, set up an electronic music lab at Bassick High School in Bridgeport. Instructor John Konya says, “the support has been incredible and, though we have a long way to go, the lab is already providing opportunities to students who otherwise would not have had the chance.” The eventual goal of the start-up lab is to replicate its success in other KEYS schools. The Electronic Music Lab at Bassick currently operates on a three day a week schedule and offers students a casual, comfortable environment to learn about music composition and production. Students can come to the lab to discover what’s possible and then set organizational and creative goals to build their music project. Using technology as a tool, John’s hope is to increase student’s self-esteem, sense of community and language skills. Ultimately, students will be able to display the basic organizational, technical, communication and creative skills needed to thrive in today’s complex society.
June 26, 2015, Christian Science Monitor, by Cathryn J. Prince. Bridgeport, Conn. — Just Say Yes.
June 4, 2015: KEYS was featured in the Hersam Acorn Arts & Leisure section, highlighting the important mission of bringing music education to under-served kids in Bridgeport, CT. READ MORE
February 6, 2015: KEYS (Kids Empowered by Your Support, Inc) is pleased to announce that it recently received a grant of $12,500 from the Fairfield County’s Community Foundation to support its operating costs. “Grants for general operating support are critical to support our mission, and we are pleased to have funding from Fairfield County’s Community Foundation to continue our important work in Bridgeport,” commented Rob Silvan, Founder and Executive Director of KEYS. Fairfield County’s Community Foundation promotes philanthropy as a means to create change in Fairfield County, focusing on innovative and collaborative solutions to critical issues impacting the community. Individuals, families, corporations and organizations can establish charitable funds or contribute to existing funds. The Community Foundation is in compliance with the Council on Foundations’ national standards, and has awarded $180 million in grants to nonprofits in Fairfield County and beyond. For more information, visit www.fccfoundation.org.
October 2013 -
Rob Silvan was named Artist of the Month in October 2013 by the Bridgeport Arts and Culture Council!
August 11, 2014 - This year’s Rex Jam at Gathering of the Vibes was a huge success! This year’s recipient of the Rex Jam proceeds is Bridgeport, CT-local non-profit, KEYS Music (Kids Empowered by Your Support).
September 6, 2014, in Weston Forum
KEYS (Kids Empowered by Your Support Inc.), a non-profit organization that provides free music lessons to 500 Bridgeport public school children, has hired Laurie Bradbury as assistant executive director. http://www.thewestonforum.com/21102/keys-weston-native-hired-to-help-bring-music-to-children/
July 31, 2014: It’s not every day when you leave a music store with 4 new cellos. It was an exciting moment at the Creative Music Center in Monroe, CT when Rob Silvan, Executive Director of KEYS (Kids Empowered by Your Support, Inc.) took delivery of 4 new cellos to be used by cello students during their one-to-one lessons and during orchestra rehearsals of the KEYS orchestra. A generous $4,000 grant from The Amalia & Nicola Giuliani Foundation for Religion and the Arts funded not only the purchase of the new cellos, but will also pay for cello lessons for 4 students during the upcoming school year.
KEYS cello students currently share their instruments, and their teachers have to bring instruments from school to school for the one-to-one lessons. Having to share instruments makes it more difficult for cellists to practice between their lessons. KEYS needed to purchase good quality instruments because as students become more advanced they need good cellos for practice that are also easier to maintain.
Rob Silvan commented that “KEYS is grateful to The Amalia & Nicola Giuliani Foundation for Religion and the Arts for supporting this important programming need. And we thank the Creative Music Center for providing the cellos at cost so that the Giuliani Foundation funding could be extended to cover not only the instrument cost, but pay for the lessons as well. The students will be thrilled when they resume their lessons in September and have access to the new cellos. “
Photo: Rob Silvan, Executive Director of KEYS, taking delivery of a new cello from Liz Reisman, owner of Creative Music Center in Monroe, CT.
The Amalia & Nicola Giuliani Foundation for Religion and the Arts is an independent foundation that provides grants to organizations operating in the areas of religion, the arts, and education. See http://giulianifdn.org for more information.
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