Welcome to Friends for the Advancement of Musical Education
F.A.M.E. is a Non-Profit Tax Exempt 501(C)(3) Organization , which is committed to the betterment and preservation of music for the next generation. Our goal is to make sure that every child who wishes to be in the music program at their school has the opportunity, no matter what their family’s financial status may be.
We gift musical instruments to schools. The schools in turn make the instruments available to students whom may not have an opportunity to play an instrument.
To date we have donated more than $68,000 worth of instruments to approximately six local schools in Sarasota and Charlotte counties.
We enjoy receiving feedback from teachers telling us how our donations have impacted their students.
"The orchestra at Heron Creek Middle School (North Port) has been growing more and more each year. Your willingness to help and your generosity are greatly appreciated to help all of the students have a successful music career here at HCMS. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to help support your fabulous organization!"
We will be posting more feedback in the future, so stay tuned.
Pictured above are: Billy Smith (a.k.a. DelRay), Dot Bianche, Barry Bianche, Jim Pivovar, Denise Pivovar, Linda Stevens, Tom Hennegan, Sharon Hennegan
F.A.M.E. began in the summer of 2006 when two friends, Jim Pivovar and Barry Bianche, were discussing how music has influenced many lives, including their own. It was through the appreciation of music that Jim and Barry met, as Barry played bass in a band, and Jim was enjoying the music.
During a discussion they decided they would like to give back to the talented musicians in their community.
"We appreciate the time and talent our local musicians give to people who are in need," says Jim. "They are always donating their time, and we want to say, 'Thank you for your generousity.'"
So, Jim and Barry came up with an idea to develop a promotional calendar highlighting local musicians. This project evolved into a fundraising endeavor to help the next generation of professional musicians.
"At first, we were out there to support local musicians," says Jim. "Then we realized just how passionate we were about this mission. We looked around us and became aware that we had met all of our friends through music."
Their first calendar was released in 2006, "FRIENDS, Music Brings us Together," which celebrated the year 2007. After selling their first calendar publication they asked, "What are we going to do with this money?"
THEIR FIRST YEAR - 2006
THEIR SECOND YEAR - 2007
THEIR THIRD YEAR - 2008
THEIR FOURTH YEAR - 2009
THEIR FIFTH YEAR - 2010
THEIR SIXTH YEAR - 2011
THEIR SEVENTH YEAR - 2012
THEIR EIGHT YEAR -2013
THEIR NINTH YEAR - 2014
So there you have it, bada-boom!