2011 provided some great musical highlights in the Pacific Northwest. Perhaps one of the biggest highlights did not take place in a theater or arena on a brightly lit stage – in front of a roaring crowd. One of the most significant music events in the region took place inside the hallowed halls at Washington State’s Capitol in Olympia, as a small gathering witnessed the signing of a historic bill that could alter the course of Northwest music history.
Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011 was a day that Music Aid Northwest will remember for years to come and hopefully the positive impact will be felt for years to come as well. Governor Christine Gregoire signed House Bill 1329, also known as“The Music License Plate Bill.” The bill makes it possible to create and sell “Music Matters” special license plates to benefit music education programs in state schools.
On Tuesday, January 3rd the new plates will become available to the public. The plates will cost around $40 the first year and about $30 for renewal, on top of the regular license tab fees.
The manifestation of these special license plates is the result of a collective community effort. Members and associates of the not for profit organization, Music Aid Northwest have been working hard over the course of the last few years to raise money and awareness for the bill and to get the license plates into the hands of Washington State drivers.
Concerts such as Play it Forward in 2009 and Synergia Northwest in 2010 and 2011 were staged, as well as the Critical Sun Recordings Band Crawl last August, to help raise money for this noble cause.
Because of the efforts of Michael McMorrow and his team at Synergia Northwest, several world renowned and local music artists came together to lend their time and talent for music education. Alan White, John Popper, Tracy Bonham, former members Heart and Queensryche, along with a host of other musical dignitaries joined forces for various nights of music and magic.
Synergia Northwest 2011 cooked up a magical musical stew at The Moore
Synergia Northwest 2010 provided heart, soul, music and magic
For information about purchasing plates please visit: http://www.dol.wa.gov/vehicleregistration/spmusic.html
Upcoming shows in 2012 to benefit Music Aid Northwest…
Play it Forward II happens Saturday Jan. 14th at Big Daddy’s in Woodinville. Officials from Washington state government will unveil the final design and hand out the first copies of the Music Matters license plate, which was approved by the state legislature earlier this year.
This star-studded event, which is already sold out, features dinner, drinks, and music from founding members of Heart, Steve Fossen and Mike Derosier, with their new project, Heart by Heart, Alan White of Yes and his band White Sox, Randy Hansen and other special surprise celebrity guests.
In addition, the show will also include the Grand Prize Winner of My Seattle Night Out’s Jammin’ Challenge, Global Heat.
Night Out Radio to present Jammin’ Challenge at Seattle’s Hard Rock Cafe
Synergia Northwest recently announced its 2012 event Music Matters “LIVE” scheduled for May 12, 2012 at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle, Washington, to benefit school music programs.
The concert will feature the Synergia Northwest Orchestra conducted by internationally recognized Dr. Nikolas Caoile, Director of Orchestras at Central Washington University alongside some of the Pacific Northwest’s most high profile rock and pop recording artists and student musicians.
To learn more about Music Matters Live presented by Synergia Northwest, please visit: http://www.synergianorthwest.com/
To learn more about Music Aid Northwest, please visit: http://www.musicaidnorthwest.org/
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