Bob Moog Foundation partners with national concert promoter to raise funds

Here’s the press release from Disco Donnie Presents:

Disco Donnie Presents and The Bob Moog Foundation announce strategic partnership

EDM promoter donates $10,000 to Foundation, develops ticketing donation portal for its fans.

American electronic music promoter Disco Donnie Presents (DDP) and the Bob Moog Foundation have announced a strategic partnership to further the Foundation’s mission to educate and inspire children through the intersection of music and science.

The Asheville-based Foundation, which carries on the legacy of electronic music icon Robert Moog, received a $10,000 donation to assist with its innovative science and music education outreach program, Dr. Bob’s SoundSchool (DBSS), as well as a donation portal on all Disco Donnie Presents tickets pages to help raise additional support. The $10,000 donation was provided from the proceeds of Houston based Halloween electronic music festival, Something Wicked, a partnership between Disco Donnie Presents and Houston promoter Nightculture Events. Additionally, Disco Donnie Presents will match fan donations received through the donation portal.

“We’re thrilled to have found a partner in The Bob Moog Foundation — a foundation that shares the same values in the importance of education and creativity in the areas of music, math, and science. The strategic partnership paves the way for online donations from our customers, but also the continued support of our company,” Disco Donnie Presents CEO Donnie Estopinal said.

The Foundation sees the partnership as a perfect fit for both organizations.

“Donnie’s prominence within the EDM community and his interests in the area of innovative education that integrates music and science make the partnership a natural fit. We look forward to cultivating our strategic partnership with DDP to work together to ignite creativity in children’s lives through Dr. Bob’s SoundSchool,” said Michelle Moog-Koussa, Executive Director of the Bob Moog Foundation. She continues, “We are especially grateful that DDP has agreed to match all donations made through the ticket donation portals. This extra show of support will provide added incentive for concert-goers to pay tribute to their musical roots while inspiring the future through supporting the Bob Moog Foundation”.

The Foundation is in at a pivotal juncture of growth with Dr. Bob’s SoundSchool. The acclaimed program is centered in western North Carolina, but the foundation hopes to grow it regionally and nationally in the next three to five years. The growth of the program costs $20 per student or $500 per classroom.

The idea for a strategic partnership first came about when a mutual friend introduced Moog-Koussa and Estopinal at the EDM Biz conference in Las Vegas earlier this year.

Estopinal’s Disco Donnie Presents, both on its own and through partnerships, produces over 1,000 live events, festivals and club shows around the US annually. Ticket buyers for every show will now have the ability to donate to the Foundation. The Foundation and DDP hope the national focus and number of events will help spread the word and raise financial support.

“One of the reasons I’m excited about the strategic partnership is that fan ticketing donations are a good way for the EDM community to start giving back, said Estopinal. Historically, EDM fans haven’t really been known for philanthropy, and I’m hoping that’s a perception we can all change together. I’m pleased to offer to match all donations that are made through the ticketing portal to enhance everybody’s contributions to this important cause.”

With school music and arts program cuts all across the country and U.S. students lagging behind students in other countries in the areas of science and math, the Bob Moog Foundation seeks to make an immediate impact in the lives of children through Dr. Bob’s SoundSchool.

The Foundation operates with two main objectives, education and preservation. The goals come to life through Dr. Bob’s SoundSchool and Archive Preservation Initiative. Eventually, a Moogseum is also in the works.

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