Barry Manilow donates piano to Richmond public schools

Posted at 3:30 PM, Mar 18, 2013
and last updated 2013-03-18 15:30:48-04

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) - Pop icon Barry Manilow donated a Yamaha piano to launch an instrument drive for Richmond Public Schools.

"I'm thrilled to be able to help bring the gift of music to these kids," said Manilow in a press release.

Richmond Public Schools Superintendent Dr.Yvonne Brandon said the donations will make an impact.

"These instruments will help our students continue to reap the myriad of benefits of music education and will go a long way in fueling the spark of creativity and innovation in our next generation of thinkers," said Brandon in a statement.

Anyone who donates a new or gently used musical instrument to the drive will get two free tickets to see Manilow perform at the Richmond Coliseum on April 25.

You can donate instruments at the Richmond Coliseum through April 25 Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The Manilow Music Project is part of the Manilow Fund for Health and Hope.  MMP provides musical instruments to high schools and middle schools as well as scholarships at universities in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K.