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Texaco Press Release - Texaco Foundation Unveils Signature Music Education Philanthropy Program

Request for Proposals for Early Notes: The Sound Of Children Learning Now Available


WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Jan. 14 - The Texaco Foundation today announced the creation of a signature philanthropic program, Early Notes: The Sound of Children Learning, which is designed to build collaborative relationships between school music programs and community music resources with a focus on the earliest school years. A Request for Proposals (RFP), developed jointly by the Texaco Foundation and Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester, is now available from the Texaco Foundation.

Speaking to a group of New York educators, Anne T. Dowling, President of the Texaco Foundation, said, "As a company committed to technological excellence, Texaco is vitally interested in the educational achievement of young children and the role that music plays in their development.

"Working with the Eastman School, the Texaco Foundation established the Early Notes signature program to support programs that introduce music across the curriculum and then study the impact on student learning and general child development. We believe that these programs may help schools better prepare children for the demands of an increasingly technology-dependent workplace."

The RFP is seeking proposals from schools, school districts, community-based, non-profit organizations, higher education institutions and cooperative teams of such organizations for music education programs, with preference given to those operating in pre-school through grade two. The deadline for proposal submission is March 26, 1999.

Texaco's commitment to music education stems, in part, from a half-century affiliation with the Metropolitan Opera. In September 1998, the Texaco Foundation announced a gift of $10 million over the next five years to the Metropolitan Opera's Endowment campaign. The grant will support an innovative arts education program for students throughout New York City.

Established in 1979 under the sponsorship of Texaco Inc., the Texaco Foundation supports non-profit, tax-exempt organizations both in the United States and countries in which Texaco operates.

Updated: January 1999