July 8, 2016 – Los Angeles, CA The Rock School Scholarship Fund (RSSF), a 501(c)(3) public charity devoted to helping low income children under the age of 18 receive scholarships to rock music schools across the USA has changed its name and expanded its mission. The new name, Ovation Music Fund (ovationmusicfund.org), reflects the charity’s new mission to embrace any musical genre – not just rock n’ roll. Children under 18 may apply for scholarships to any after school music program in the USA, and scholarships will be considered based on financial need. Music schools will continue to be screened by our staff prior to their enrolling in our program. The business owner or manager will be interviewed, their website will be reviewed, an online search will be conducted, and unless the school is part of an established franchise, they must have been in business for at least one year.
Scholarship applicants will need to submit proof of household income, as well as provide a letter from the parent describing their reasons for wanting their child to attend the after-school music program. An essay and/or video from the child is also required.
As the Rock School Scholarship Fund, the charity has helped hundreds of children. The goal in becoming Ovation Music Fund is to help thousands of children!
Spearheading the transition and growth are Board Chairman, Greg Wells, and Board President & Executive Director, Wendy Winks. Greg Wells is a multiple Grammy nominated record producer, songwriter, musician and mix engineer. His songs have appeared on more than 85 million albums. His credits include Keith Urban, Holychild, Katy Perry, Mayer Hawthorne, Greg Holden, Adele, Twenty One Pilots, Pharrell Williams, Rufus Wainwright, Theophilus London, Mika, Timbaland, OneRepublic, Deftones, Pink, Kid Cudi, Burt Bacharach, k.d. lang, Otep, Sir George Martin and the Count Basie Orchestra.
Wendy Winks, MBA, was a marketing executive at Universal Studios, and then a Literary Manager & TV/Film producer before founding the Rock School Scholarship Fund in 2010. One of her clients wrote “Camp Rock” for the Disney Channel, launching the careers of the Jonas Brothers and Demi Lovato. She produced “Santa Jr.” (Lauren Holly, Judd Nelson) for Hallmark, and DVD family favorite “Dog Gone” (French Stewart, Luke Benward). The RSSF was originally created to help rock school parents in Southern California who lost their jobs or homes during the crash of 2008, but it rapidly expanded by word of mouth, and now serves hundreds of families in need nationwide.
As RSSF, the charity has received significant support from forward-thinking artists and innovators. In January 2015 the RSSF was chosen by the Foo Fighters as one of three charities to receive donations from ticket sales for their surprise benefit concert – an all star birthday celebration for Dave Grohl – at the Los Angeles, Forum. And in December 2015, Bill Maris, Head of Google Ventures, donated two in-person meetings which auctioned for over $100,000 on CharityBuzz.com.
As Ovation Music Fund, our goal is to expand the reach of our music education programs via multiple initiatives. The first will be to enroll after-school music programs that teach any genre of music – not just rock n’ roll. As we grow and funding becomes available, we will begin to provide matching funding for community-funded scholarships, and first-dollar funding for nonprofits who need help setting up ongoing music programs. Eventually, we will expand our support to include camps and other one-time special programs.
For more information, please contact Info@ovationmusicfund.org or call 310-415-7978.
The Ovation Music Fund has a new Scholarship Administrator starting on Monday, March 14th! Monica Bowden has a background in accounting and finance, AND she’s owned and run the day-to-day operations of a rock music school! She can be reached at Monica@rockschoolfund.org
She will be taking over for Jessica Morris, who was recruited by Universal Studios in Orlando to work with their creative team producing live shows for their theme park.
Monica will be the new primary point person for questions about scholarships, billing, fund balances, and fundraiser flyer approvals.
We wish Jessica the very best in her new venture, and we will miss her!
Please join us in welcoming Monica!