FREDERICK, MD -- (Marketwire) -- 03/07/13 -- Music & Arts, the largest band and orchestra instrument retailer and lesson provider in the country, officially kicks off its 60th anniversary celebration in March by hosting the Share Your Passion Facebook contest. Student musicians ranging from ages 13 to 18 are encouraged to submit a picture and brief description that represents why they are passionate about music. The top eight finalists will be determined through a vote by Music & Arts' Facebook community. A panel of judges will award one winner $10,000 in Yamaha instruments for the winner's school, $2,000 towards a Yamaha instrument and an entire year of lessons from Music & Arts.
"Music is our passion, and has been since the day my father started this company in the basement of our home in 1952," said Kenny O'Brien, CEO of Music & Arts. "Our team feels incredibly lucky to have spent 60 years serving young musicians and music educators, and providing a new platform for musicians to share their own passion is a fitting way to celebrate this milestone."
Musicians are encouraged to visit www.facebook.com/musicandarts, "like" the page and follow contest instructions. Submissions will be accepted until April 1, 2013.
Starting on April 2, fans across the nation will vote to select the top eight finalists. A panel of judges will measure the finalists based on the originality and quality of their photo, description and emotional appeal, and the winning student musician will be announced in early May.
About Music & Arts
Music & Arts, the nation's largest school music company, has served students, teachers and families through retail stores and school representatives since 1952. Based in Frederick, Md., the company specializes in sales and rentals of music instruments, instrument repairs and music lessons -- especially for the beginning and student musician. Music & Arts now has more than 110 retail locations across 22 states.
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