Heid Music: Contest & donation match give $20,000 boost to Wisconsin school music programs

Contact: DeDe Heid, (920) 205-7854, [email protected]

Annie Mares, (920) 380-4444, [email protected]

APPLETON, Wisconsin – Heid Music gave a $20,000 boost to Wisconsin school music programs in March with its sixth annual Music in our Schools Month giveaway, The Big 10+ Contest, and inaugural Music Matters Initiative, a donation matching program.

The Big 10+ Contest awarded musical prizes valued at more than $10,000 to 17 schools. Prizes included instruments and accessories, sheet music, a digital piano, a band clinic and concert, and other music gear and equipment. Entrants representing 58 schools in Northeastern, South Central and Central Wisconsin submitted photos, or shared them using #big10music, showing what music education meant to them and their school. They then solicited votes for their photos.

The top 17 vote-getting schools are:
Woodland Intermediate School, Kimberly
Appleton East High School, Appleton
DC Everest High School, Schofield
Menasha High School, Menasha
Owen-Withee High School, Owen
Lincoln High School, Wisconsin Rapids
DC Everest Jr. High School, Schofield
Baraboo High School, Baraboo
Mt. Horeb High School, Mt. Horeb
Mosinee High School, Mosinee
Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah High School, Elkhart Lake
Neenah High School, Neenah
Auburndale High School, Auburndale
Winneconne High School, Winneconne
Pittsville High School, Pittsville
Maplewood Middle School, Menasha
Crandon High School, Crandon

Heid Music’s Music Matters Initiative generated more than $10,000 of funds to benefit 61 different school district music programs. The company matched tax deductible cash donations with in-store credit that the districts can use towards products and Heid Music services.

“We are thrilled with the success of this year’s Big 10+ Contest and Music Matters Initiative, and are extremely proud to be able to support so many school music programs across Wisconsin,” said Todd Heid, owner of Heid Music. “The entire Heid Music team thanks everyone who participated in our giveaway and who donated to support music in our schools.”

“Music education takes our next generation to a higher level,” said Tanice Finnegan, wife of D.C. Everest High School music director. “In a day and age when government budget cuts are affecting our children’s education, Heid Music partners with schools to make sure that music education is supported.”

The Big 10+ Contest was made possible with the generous support of the following partners: ACE Products, Alfred Music, American Way, Cannonball Musical Instruments, Connolly, Conn-Selmer, Cordoba, D’Addario, Dansr, Eastman Music Company, Hal Leonard, KHS America (Hohner and Jupiter), The Music People, Yamaha Digital Pianos, and Yamaha Band & Orchestra.

About Heid Music:
For three generations spanning nearly 70 years, Heid Music has been a community music resource, aimed at educating and entertaining students and musicians in all things music throughout Northeastern, Central and South Central Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula. With locations in Appleton, Green Bay, Madison, Oshkosh and Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., Heid Music offers an array of new and used instruments for sale or rent, including band and orchestra instruments, acoustic and digital pianos, guitars and drums, and much more. Featuring Wisconsin’s largest selection of sheet music, Heid Music also carries a variety of amps, accessories and gift items, offers private and group lessons, and provides instrument repair services. Follow Heid Music on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube, or visit heidmusic.com for more information or to purchase Instruments and accessories.