Do you or someone you know have an interest in music and want to learn how to play? Have you had limited income due to the pandemic? Feeling limited going out? Thanks to a unique community partnership between Portsmouth Music and Art Center (PMAC) and Service Credit Union, this January you can learn to play something - for free!

PMAC Online PLAY will host Free Music Week from January 25-30. During this limited time window, the nonprofit’s virtual learning program will offer a week of free music lessons to local children and adults. According to a press release, 100 individuals will have the opportunity to fine tune their musical skills with a qualified instructor thanks to a lasting gift from the Service Credit Union.

The nonprofit believes maintaining creative stimulation in the community is vital, especially during isolation. Service Credit Union’s gift will allow for greater collaboration and skill sharing, they said. As Wendy Beswick, the Vice President of Marketing at Service Credit Union, shared: “We’re very excited for the opportunity to help bring music and arts education to people of all ages through PMAC’s program. At a time when many of us may feel stuck at home, it’s fantastic that PMAC is providing this free, rich content that can help kickstart those hobbies we’ve been meaning to explore.”

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Addressing the challenges of holding in-person programs, PMAC Online PLAY was originally designed as a temporary response to the pandemic. It has evolved into a full-fledged program which grants easier access to aspiring musicians with one-on-one instruction from teaching artists. PMAC teaching artists will be giving 30-minute lessons - with no obligation - during the premiere Free Music Week. That’s 3,000 minutes of free creative instruction being offered.

“We’re incredibly grateful to Service Credit Union for making this possible and allowing the community to celebrate free music instruction using our new virtual learning program,” said PMAC Co-Founder and CEO Russ Grazier. “This week of free music will allow anyone the ability to explore their musical passion from home using a program we’ve designed to harness the high-quality instruction people expect from us.”

If you are interested in participating, be sure to sign up early as Free Music Week organizers expect the limited 100 spaces to fill up fast. Visit www.pmaconline.org/freemusicweek to learn more and sign up.

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