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Plucked String Foundation Back In The Mandolin Business

By Mandolin Cafe
December 14, 2005 - 7:00 pm

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The Plucked String Foundation, Inc. is back in business and founder Norman Levine couldn't be happier. After closing the door of the non-profit foundation he founded after a lengthy illness, Levine marked a major milestone in his recovery with the resurrection of the foundation.

The prime purpose of the Foundation is to offer grants and other financial aid for projects that are possibly not commercially viable but needed in the fields of plucked string instruments. It also considers events that popularize these instruments, such as concerts.

As in the past, the priority goals remain teaching and research projects. Most grants are for mandolin and guitar.

Next year the Foundation will sponsor its first Teacher/Student In-Residence Program where a qualified mandolin student visits a superior teacher of the instrument for daily personal lessons and observing the mandolinist in concert. Evan Marshall is the instructor selected for this program in 2006.

All work of the Foundation is voluntary. No one is paid, thus all donated monies go to its work and materials (such as postage) except a small amount needed for legal obligations such as state registry requirements for non-profits. A yearly statement of donated funds and grants informs the public of how every cent of funds is being used.

As with most non-profits, the Foundation depends upon contributions for its work and invite contributions, which are Federally tax-deductible.

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