Bowie nonprofit receives grant to give the sounds of music -- Gazette.Net


The United Way of the National Capital Area donated $185,000 to support various charities operating across Prince George’s County.

Among the recipients of the grants was FAME, a Bowie-based charity that works to bring music instruction and education to area youths. The nonprofit received about $7,500 from the United Way for its summer music technology program, which is held at the University of Maryland, College Park. That funding will allow the program to double the number of children from 17 to 34 at this year’s summer program, which is scheduled to run from July 8 to July 19, said Toni Lewis, FAME’s founder and executive director.

The program, now in its third year, provides training to area youths in advanced sound equipment featured in professional studios, Lewis said. Rising high school freshman are recommended for the program by area schools, Lewis said.

“Some of these children never make it out of their four block radius [around their home],” she said. “They don’t dream of going to college but here they are sitting in a college classroom and they realize ‘I can go to college.’”