I have supported Midori & Friends over eight years. They do tremendous work by providing high quality music education programs to underserved children in New York City's public school system; providing musical opportunities for children, regardless of their ability, education, or economic background. They don’t just send musicians to demonstrate, they actually put instruments in the children’s hands and send dedicated musicians to teach them to play. It’s a fantastic program. In 2009-10 approximately 13,000 children citywide participated through in-school and after-school music instruction programs, family/community workshops at schools and community sites, an annual Children's Music Festival, and other special events.