A Texas Music Legacy for our children – the Academy of Texas Music, Inc. Scholarship Fund
Now many people think of only the Texas Music Awards when they think of the Academy of Texas Music.org.That event, in itself is as thrilling to Texas as the American Country Music and Country Music Association Awards Ceremony is to the United States! I’ve been there and will tell you from experience! But the Academy is so much more. It is a Texas Music legacy of love and support for our children.
The President of the Academy of Texas Music, Inc., Lucky Boyd, gives an insight to this amazing organization. “The Academy is an IRS recognized 501(c) 3 public charity. The Academy works behind the scenes, never taking publicity or seeking notoriety for the good things that Texans do for themselves. It helps those who need to find those who can help also offering financial aid in the form of scholarships to students who are seeking careers in the music industry. Donors of at least $2500 can have their name attached to one of these scholarships.”
“With your donation of a guitar, a clarinet, a trumpet, a car, an RV, a plot of land, cash, or anything you can afford, the Academy helps those who wish to keep music in their lives. Currently, the Academy is exploring the benefits of perpetual giving, which will allow Texans to will portions of their estate to an interest-bearing fund that will pay for scholarships and music education programs. In addition, the Academy provides recognition for excellence in Texas music through the efforts of the annual Texas Music Awards .” Lucky Boyd says.
To clarify the Academy’s association with the Texas Music AwardsTM, Lucky continues, “It’s also important to know that while the Academy sanctions the TMAs, benefits from the TMAs, and helps with the nomination process, the Academy of Texas Music, Inc does NOT produce the Texas Music Awards .
Just like National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) doesn’t necessarily produce the Grammys.” Lucky continues.
“But the Academy is the Texas equivalent of National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) and has the same relationship with the Texas Music AwardsTM that NARAS has with the Grammys. The Academy also has the same relationship with MyTexasMusic.com that NARAS has with allmusic.com. Continuing, “There are three entities to the national process, and there are three entities to the state process.
One big difference is that the Academy works independently to fulfill a much larger mission, supports ALL awards processes, and helps Texas musicians in need.”
It’s important to take the time to read all the information on the websites. All this information is clearly stated there along with more detailed information about the charity, the listing service, the awards, and the relationship between the three. You can begin at www.TexasTriangleNetwork.com .
“The Academy stands on its own, is run by a board of directors, which includes Lucky Boyd and Jinnelle Gibson Boyd. Lucky explains, Jinelle and I both attend the board meetings, but unless there’s a tie, neither of us even gets a vote. This Academy belongs to the musicians of Texas. We encourage these musicians to get strongly involved and take advantage of all the Academy of Texas Music has to offer! Working for the perpetuation of Texas music, the Academy has a multi-faceted mission,” Lucky states.
Lucky Boyd proudly explains why the Academy is so important to Texas Music, musicians, music programs and even our children through a few examples of the Academy’s dedicated philanthropy for Texas Country Music. “Across Texas, the stories like the ones below play out day after day.” Lucky continues. “It is only with the help of the great people who donate to the Academy of Texas Music, Inc. that we can continue to have success stories like these. (The names in these examples have been changed for privacy.
COLTON’S STORY: In rural Texas, more than fifty miles from the nearest large city, fifth grader Colton Arnold is in trouble again. This time, he and a couple of his friends can’t handle the boredom after school and they vandalize some city property. The local judge and Colton’s parents realize he needs some activity to keep him busy. That’s where the Academy steps in.
The junior high school has a band program and they recruit fifth graders to learn an instrument and play in the band. However, instruments are expensive and there is no room in the band for another drummer. A saxophone is needed. The Academy puts out the call to Texas. A donor responds with a saxophone that needs new pads. The sax is donated, and a local music store donates the padding and labor. Colton now has his saxophone. Two years later, he is sitting first chair in the junior high band and he has not been in trouble since joining the band program.
BILL’S STORY: In south Texas, Bill makes a living playing guitar with several bands. At age 32, he seems to be in good physical health, but lately he is having trouble. He is getting very tired during his gigs and he doesn’t understand why. He consults his doctor. After an overnight study, it is determined that Bill has sleep apnea. With no insurance, he has no way to obtain the expensive machine that will help him continue his music career. That’s when the Academy steps in. The Academy puts out the call. Within two weeks, a CPAP machine is donated, a local physician donates the programming and Bill is good as new.
STEVE’S STORY: Steve has been playing piano for thirteen years as a studio pianist. His talents are known and he is a much sought after session player. Steve’s doctor informs him that he needs carpal tunnel surgery. Steve is without income for eight weeks. That’s when the Academy steps in. The benevolence fund sends a check to Steve’s mortgage company for $850 keeping Steve’s home from going into foreclosure.
CAROL’S STORY: Carol is a disc jockey who supports Texas music. She needs surgery to save her life. With no insurance, the hospital wants $40,000 in advance. That’s when the Academy steps in. Four benefit concerts are held and $8000 is raised. The Academy visits the hospital administrator. Carol’s radio station agrees to run 30 public service announcements about the hospital and Carol’s surgery is done for $6600.
SOUTH GREEN ELEMENTARY’S MUSIC PROGRAM: At South Green Elementary, the budget is broken. The music program has to be terminated. The superintendent states that if they could find the money to pay a music teacher for one year, then new money could continue the program. The Academy steps in. $31,000 is raised to pay the salary of the teacher and to buy supplies for the program. Music education is saved.”
Is it any wonder that we are so proud of the Academy of Texas Music, Inc., their sponsors and volunteers? They make a tremendous difference in support of Texas Music and the people who strive to keep our Texas Music alive. Their support and projects are our most important and treasured legacy, enhancing our lives and our children’s futures in Texas Music.
Help the Academy of Texas Music.org Scholarship Fund with a direct donation at http://www.academyoftexasmusic.org/. For your $1000 donation, you will receive a Texas Music AwardsTM jacket, Texas Music AwardsTMt-shirt, Academy of Texas Music, Inc. voting membership and a MyTexasMusic tote bag filled with goodies like stickers and CDs and
100% of your donation will go to the scholarship fund.
You can also donate the building fund, or see the wish list on the site. You can donate any amount by visiting www.donatetexas.org
Lucky Boyd, President
Academy of Texas Music, Inc.
Lucky and his wife, Jinelle, founded the MyTexasMusic.com web site in August 2000. The site gives other Texas musicians the opportunity to advance their careers through on-line sales, industry networking and the promotion of Texas Music in general. The couple also produces the annual Texas Music AwardsTM which “recognizes Texas talent and rewards Texas pride,” according to the TexasMusicAwards.org web site. The Academy of Texas Music, Inc. was also founded by the Boyd’s and is the official sanctioning body of awards given to Texas performers. Lucky says of the couple’s involvement, “We helped get these things off the ground, but with respect to the Texas Music Awards and the The Academy of Texas Music, Inc, it’s the wonderful volunteers who have kept everything running so well. We are so proud of all the volunteers who give so generously.”