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BITS Newsletter January 2013

By Cynthia James

The BITS Committee is looking forward to the new year of inspiring young Blues players.  We are honored to be included in the Directory of Providers in the Any given Child program, funded by the Kennedy Arts Center in Washington D.C. We have already been contacted by two schools, one is a large middle school and we’re planning an outdoor concert for their students to be held next Spring.  It’s exciting to bring some national arts funds to our local musicians.

We are also bringing BITS to the Children’s Receiving Home and the often over-looked kids that have been innocently removed from their homes and truly in need of the healing power of the Blues. We are really excited to serve these kids!

I want to take a moment to explain the requirements for musicians involved with BITS. First, all musicians must be SBS members (which can be secured with their first payment), they must adhere to all school policies, and have signed agreements in place with the BITS Committee. Musicians involved with the after school artist in residence program must also pass a background check and a TB test.

A huge Thank You to our sponsors, Mary Carrera of Carrera Productions, Rex Foundation, Yolo
County Arts Council, and the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission. We would not have such a vibrant program without your generous support!!