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'lll THE ISSAQUAH PRESS WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2009 A5 License plates can benefit musicians BY CHANTELLE LUSEBRINK Local residents and musicians are banding together to help save music programming in public schools in the state, but need your help to get started. Music Aid Northwest, a group who got its start in Issaquah, and the Jam Dawgs are hosting a signa- ture and fundraisiug event to sup- port music programs in schools. The group needs $35,000 and 3,500 signatures to propose a bill to the 2010 state Legislature that will allow them to create a state license plate that supports music. The program is similar to those for state universities and colleges, where you can purchase a per- sonal license plate for the state fee in addition to a fee of $30-$50 each year, which goes to your alma mater to keep, The group has raised roughly $12,000 and collected nearly 1,200 signatures. While Music Aid Northwest wasn't originally designed to sup- port music education, Issaquah resident David Harris, the city's music scene coordinator and the nonprofit's founder, said it is a cause he can get behind, though he is no longer with the group. "Supporting music education in schools is a really worthy cause,", he said. The nonprofit is designed to help build the music scene in the Northwest and has successfully raised money for relief efforts for Hurricane Katrina and the tsuna- mi in Southeast Asia. IF YOU GO Petition sllMng/ndmlslng party 7:30 p.m. Feb. 26 Vino Bella 99 Front St. N. Members of Music Aid Northwest said they see their new endeavor as a way to preserve the very programs that kept them actively engaged in school and that later spurred their careers. "For me, personally, l got my start in the school's music pro- gram and have made a career off music and technology for way too many years," said Reek Havok, a member of Music Aid Northwest and coordinator for the license plate program. "It's a great cause, because it benefits the kids," said Aury Moore, a musician and coordina- tor for the event. In some cases, school districts have reported cutting programs like music, physical education, and even lunch and recess, by 44 per- cent to keep up with demands for increased reading and mathemat- ics proficiency that No Child Left Behind has mandated, according to a study conducted in 2007 by the Center for Education Policy. Moore said she's been disap- pointed with the lack of music education in classrooms and was a victim of music cuts in high school herself. "Compared to my siblings who were able to take a class of music at any one of their seven periods, it was down to three classes a day when I started," she said. "E e time I graduated, it was ; ;t nonexistent and I was participating in the choir after, or before, school." "Especially, as the economic sit- uation we have continues, the first thing cut by schools is the arts programs. So, there is a need now more than ever to support those music classes and those types of educational programs that contin- ually take a beating to keep any sort of funding," Havok said. There is a moratorium on applying for new license plates in the state until July, Havok said. But the group has the full support of Brad Owen, the state's lieu- tenant governor, and several leg- islators who will help them apply for the license plates in the 2010 legislative session, he said. Once their bill has passed, he said, the organization will begin selling the plates as a way to contin- uously fund music education pro- grams throughout public schools. When money begins rolling in from the license plates, 60 percent will go directly to the communities that purchased the license plates. For instance, if a school district decides to do a license plate fundraiser and sells 1,000 license plates and another sells 500, the district that sold the most will pro- portionally get more money. The remaining 40 percent of the money raised from the license plate funds will be reserved for grant allocations, Havok said. The Washington Music Educators Association will help dis- pense and allocate funds, he said. Giddy ]PROM PAGE A4 In our chat, I learned he really doesn't like his music to be lumped into the "New Age" category. "That's not a musical term," he said. "It's just a marketing term made up by a record executive. "I like to describe my music as contemporary instrumental. It's a folks piano style that flirts with jazz, he added. Many piano students have played Lanz's most familiar piece, "Cristo- fori's Dream." Because of that pop- ularity, he's been hosting work- shops where lucky students and their teachers from a YouTube con- test win a Lanz visit to IF YOU GO living rooms for a private David Lanz session. ,7:45-10 p.m. So, Lanz is Feb. 28 used to per- forming for  Bake's Place both crowds ,4135 of thousands Providence Point or just a Dr. S.E. handful. He's , Call 391-3335 looking for- ward to per- forming at Bake's, which can hold up to 70 for dinner and a performance. "I don't usually end up in clubs, but this should be great for folks to come sit and listen to the show," he said. Would it be bad form if I came three hours early to secure a front-row seat? I don't want to be known as "that giddy reporter." But, heck, Saturday cannot get here soon enough. Engroed Substitute House Bill 1694 adjusts the spending for the 2007-09 biennial budget. The gover- nor has signed it into law. 5th District- Sen. Cheryl Pflug- - R-Maple Valley - N 5th District - Rep. Glenn Anderson- R-Fall City- N 5th District - Rep. Jay Rodne - R-North Bend - N 41st District - Sen. Fred Jarrett - D- Mercer Island -Y 41st District - Rep. Judy Clibborn - D-Mercer Island - Y ' 41st District - Rep. Marci Maxwell- D-Renton- Y Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill 5460 prohibits state agencies from granting salary or wage increases to any employees exempt from classifi- cation under the State Civil Service Act. The governor has signed it into law. 5th District - Sen. Cheryl Pflug - R-Maple Valley - Y 5th District- Rep. Glenn Anderson- R-Fall City- N 5th District - Rep. Jay Rodne - R-North Bend - N 41st District - Sen. Fred Jarrett - D- Mercer Island - Y 41st District - Rep. Judy Clibborn - D-Mercer Island -Y 41st District - Rep. Marci Maxwell- D-Renton- Y Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill 5288 provides new requirements to the Department of Corrections for the supervision of persons assigned to community custody. It's now in the House Human Services Committee for further consideration. 5th District - Sen. Cheryl Pflug - R-Maple Valley - Y 41st District - Sen. Fred Jarrett D- Mercer Island - Y Substitute House Bill 1079 authorizes members of a Growth Management Hearings Board to select a member from a different Hearings Board to substitute for an unavailable member and render a case decision. It's now before the Senate for further considera- tion. 5th District - Rep. Glenn Anderson- R-Fall City- N 5th District - Rep. Jay Rodne - R-North Bend - N 41st District - Rep. Judy Clibborn - D-Mercer Island - Y 41st District - Rep. Marci Maxwell- D-Renton- Y Voting key - Y = Yes, N - No, E - Excused, NV - Not voting Source: WashingtonVotes.org, a ffee, nonpartisan Web site to find plain- English explanations of bills and a record of each legislator's votes. Learn more at www.WashingtonVotes.org. PUBUC MEBINGS Feb. 26 CMI Service Commission 4-5 p.m. Coho Room, City Hall South 135 E. Sunset Way Council Sustelnablllty Committee 5:30-7 p.m. Picketing Room, City Hall Northwest 1775 12th Ave. N.W. Cable /Commission 6-9 p.m. Coho Room, City Hall South 135 E. Sunset Way Planning Policy Commission 6:30-9 p.m. Council Chambers, City Hall South 135 E. Sunset Way March 2 CRy Council regular meeting 7:30 p.m. Council Chambers, City Hall South 135 E. Sunset Way March 3 River & Streams Board 7-9 p.m. Pickering Room, City Hall Northwest 1775 12th Ave. N.W. March 4 Development Commission 7-9 p.m. Council Chambers, City Hall South, 135 E. 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