Middle Tennessee-based Instruments For Education announces its second annual Fundraiser & Instrument Drive. Raising money and collecting musical instrument donations for Nashville-area school classrooms, the magical night of music will take place on Wednesday, December 4th, 2019, 8:30 p.m. at The Listening Room Cafe in downtown Nashville and will include a line up of performances by from Nashville’s finest up-and-coming to established artists and songwriters listed below. Tickets are available at $20 each on The Listening Room’s website here or can be purchased on-site at The Listening Room Cafe (618 4th Ave. South, Nashville TN 37210, 615-259-3600). Tickets will also be available for $25 at the door the day of the event. The Listening Room will also serve as an instrument drop off point for this event. They will be accepting instruments from the date of this release through the date of the event.
As a way to give back to the community, Veteran Singer-Songwriter, Troy Castellano founded Instruments for Education (IFE) in the summer of 2018 and launched the non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization to provide Nashville area schools and teachers with musical instruments for their classrooms and students. IFE understands that many young students do not have the opportunity to explore and play or have the ability to afford instruments such as guitars, keyboards, and percussion instruments. IFE provides a service which collects donated instruments and monetary donations for the purchase of instruments to donate to area school teachers who request musical instruments. Although their mission is to provide kids access to “real world” instruments like guitars and keyboards, they also collect brass and woodwind instruments to donate to school band rooms. As of November 1, 2019, IFE has donated 85 instruments to Nashville area classrooms! Visit the web site here. In addition to providing musical instruments to students, all donations are tax-deductible.
About Troy Castellano:
Troy Castellano’s musical career started in his home state of Minnesota where he wrote songs for and played in original bands spanning many genres. He was on Tommy Lee’s (Motley Crue) 2010 Methods of Mayhem, winner of several area battle of the bands, country showdowns, and songwriter’s competitions, played Midway Stadium with Cheap Trick and Styx in St. Paul Minnesota, and that was just the beginning. Upon receiving advice from a prominent entertainment attorney, which proved to be life-changing, Castellano decided to dedicate his time, as he puts it, “to create instead of imitate” and relocate his family to Music City. A true and extremely prolific songwriter, Castellano enjoys the process of creating music. Whether it’s songwriting, singing, playing or producing, he loves every aspect of making music and it shows. In his songs, he truly makes every word count. Castellano is also an accomplished jingle writer. Since moving to Nashville, he has had a number of independent cuts, major holds, and hosts regular songwriter rounds at some of Nashville’s most prominent venues including The Bluebird Cafe The Listening Room Cafe, 6th and Peabody, The Local, Tin Roof, and has played many of the industry’s most popular songwriter’s festivals including Muscle Shoals Songwriter’s Festival, Westhaven Porchfest, Tennessee Motorcycle and Music Revival, etc. He has also recently made appearances on 650 AM WSM’s Nashville Today with Devon O’Day, WSMV’s Today in Nashville, NashFM’s The Ty Bentli Show – Ten Minute Tune and more. Castellano also has to his credit music placements on multiple TV shows on CMT, MTV, TLC, Discovery, CW, Spike, Fox, and has already enjoyed success with many independent cuts including “Grateful,” recorded by multi-award-winning Christian artist, Chris Golden (formerly with The Oak Ridge Boys band), which reached #1 across 4 National Inspirational charts earlier this year. When he is not writing or performing, Castellano can be found in his small home studio, My Blue Heaven Studio, where he produces everything from competitive songwriter demos to full singles for artists and writers. The music he creates out of his studio has been used on TV shows, been on hold with major recording artists as well as charted singles for rising artists. Castellano also created and produces a YouTube show from his studio, Project 52, where he performs songs with his co-writers and interviews them about the song. With this setup, Castellano is also able to produce “live performance” videos for artists. Click here to see his show. You can find out more about My Blue Heaven here.