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Music Contest open to instrumentalists, vocalists

Middlesex, Mathews and Lancaster counties are looking for gifted young people in the vocal or instrumental area who would be interested in winning a musical scholarship. This year’s competition has been scheduled for Saturday, January 30, at 2 p.m. at Lower United Methodist Church on Route 33 at Hartfield.

Since 1917 Lions have been meeting the needs of local communities and the world. Currently, 1.3 million men and women  in 200 countries and geographic areas Lions conduct vision and health screenings, build parks, support eye hospitals, assist youth, provide eyeglasses and hearing aids,  assist in times of disaster, and  award scholarships.

A program to benefit and assist youth, the Lions of Virginia Bland Music Scholarship Foundation Inc. (Bland Foundation) was incorporated on July 1, 2007. At this time, the program was changed from an already existing, ongoing charity foundation. Under the aegis of the Lions organization, the Bland Foundation has been providing performing opportunities as well as scholarships to gifted music students, both vocal and instrumental, since 1948.

The purpose of the foundation is to promote cultural educational opportunities for the musically-talented young people in Virginia (primarily of high school age). This goal is achieved through progressive competitions, beginning in January, at the local Lions Club level, and culminating in May in a competition among 12 finalists. The Bland Foundation oversees the running of the competitions and also provides $18,000 to the 12 finalists. The scholarships must be used for college tuition, music lessons, or summer music programs.

posted 01.20.2010

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