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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Really Royal! Princes William and Harry Inspire!

Dear ShopAnthropists!

Europeans and Royal watchers worldwide are counting down the days to The Wedding which promises to be an amazing affair. We'll make sure to watch on TV. (Our invitations must have gotten lost in the mail!)
Thanks to the avalanche of Windsor news, the Royal commitment to charity and fundraising has really gotten a lot of exposure. We are impressed. Yes, we know, Prince Harry is known for hard partying and somewhat distasteful pranks but he is also the patron of the Walking With The Wounded charity, a group comprised of injured war veterans. Harry is currently freezing his royal derrière off to raise up to $3.2 million dollars with a well publicized arctic trek.
Kate and Prince William - not really much in need of silverware and pots&pans for the castle, have asked their legion of fans and admirers to make a donation in lieu of gifts. The beautiful young couple have set up a special fund: that benefits many organizations in various fields of activity.

We have our own possibilities on!  Our UK retailer base has just been expanded! Banana Republic and Gap have been added recently. Some of our retailers give generous percentages: Blue Inc (5-6%) Aspinal of London (5%), Liberty (5%),  Red Letter Days  (6.5%), Fleurop (5-7%), Blossom&Twigs (7.5%) and 

the Top Giver KODAK GALLERY (a WHOPPING 12.5%)
Happy Shopping+Giving!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

HURRY! Deals Of The Day for March 30

Tax Software That Gets You Every Penny You Deserve

Canadian ShopAnthropists! We just got notified of a special offer!
 For 3 days only you can get 20% off TurboTax. Simply click Start Now to get to their site.
TurboTax shopping generates 7.5% for
your charity!

ShopAnthropistes Canadiens:
Nous venons de recevoir une offre spéciale de 20% de rabais de TurboTax valable jusqu'à la fin du mois!  Chaque transaction avec TurboTax résulte en une donation de 7.5% pour votre organisation a but non lucratif. Cliquez Start Now pour atterrir sur leur site Internet.

And in the US we got a special offer for 4x6 prints from KODAK:

Starting March 31 and ending April 6:


$5 per transaction go to the charity of your choice.

Thank you for being a ShopAnthropist!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Final Words About Music In Education

Dear ShopAnthropists!

Our month-long focus on VH1 Save The Music is coming to an end. We have had so many responses and comments that really reflect the importance of music in our lives. Whether you play an instrument or just listen to the radio, it seems that no one can imagine a life without music.
We received more comments from our friends from all over the globe about music that we want to share with you:

Torsten Kühn, Sound Designer, Music Producer, Multi-Media Designer, Germany

 “Musikunterricht heißt nicht, den Studenten zu sagen was sie tun sollen. Zu fördern, dass die eigene Kreativität noch schlummert und darauf wartet, entdeckt zu werden, ist mein Ansatz! Sich mit Ideen zu beschäftigen, in der Musik, im Film und in der bildenden Kunst bedeutet, an oder über Grenzen hinauszugehen, das Selbstbewusstsein zu entwickeln sich diesen Grenzen zu stellen und sie weiter zu stecken. Dinge zu tun, die bis dato jenseits der eigenen Vorstellungskraft waren aber schon längst in uns schlummerten, darauf wartend entdeckt zu werden. Kreativität steckt in jedem, über die Musik bekommt sie eine Sprache, die über die herkömmlichen Grenzen unserer alltäglichen Kommunikation hinaus geht, aber doch so bekannt und vertraut ist. Diese Stimme zu finden ist ein Entwicklungsprozess, der jedem Menschen gut steht und ihn zu einem kritischen und einzigartigen, selbstbewussten Individuum macht.”

Nicole Bookman, teacher and daughter of saxophonist D.A. Bookman and granddaughter of drummer Soko Richardson

"People often underestimate the benefits of music education and view it simply as an extracurricular activity. In reality, music education is directly tied to academic success. Music requires students to use both sides of their brains and improves their reasoning, problem solving, and critical thinking skills just to name a few. Music also enables students to express themselves in a way that “traditional academics” doesn’t allow. It serves as both an emotional and creative outlet. But most importantly, music education provides us with an opportunity to give students a life long gift everyone can appreciate; the love of music."

And the final word comes from our very own Juan Garcia who is living proof that music and science go hand in hand. Juan is our tech whiz who designs many of our applications and answers our random questions patiently. He also happens to play the guitar so beautifully it brings tears of joy to your eyes. We just hope he does not give up his "day job"!

Juan Garcia
Senior Application Developer at Truly Networks, Inc.
and musician!
With April Knobles, music teacher.

"Music is vital to a child's education while in school. Not only is it beneficial for the growth of the student, it is also beneficial for the school as well. Many studies have proven that children who are allowed to participate in music programs score higher in math and reading throughout their lives. They are able to work well with others and bridge cultural differences through their music. Young musicians often show leadership, discipline, and problem solving skills that are demonstrated by their willingness to put personal goals aside for the benefit of the larger community. Music acts as both a stress reliever and a creative outlet for children during the day. In addition to this, schools who maintain music education programs have a lower overall dropout rate. For some students, music class is the only thing keeping them in school. These are just a few of the many proven benefits that come from music education in schools. Children who participate in music education are happier, healthier, and an asset to the public education system."

Friday, March 25, 2011

Songs For Japan Relief CD available on iTunes on

Following the devastating disasters in Japan, the world's top stars got together and donated the use of their songs for this beautiful album. 38 songs by 38 mega stars like Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars, Josh Groban, Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake, Keith Urban, Rihanna, Madonna, Elton John, John Mayer, Lady Antebellum, Michael Bublé and many many more.
Available on iTunes for onl 9.99 and all proceeds go to Japan!

ShopAnthropists, go to our website for the download and earmark 2.5% for the charity of your choice.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Musicians: Why Music Matters

Who better than a musician to tell us why music in education matters and how much we all benefit from having music in our lives. Here at several of us have worked in the music industry. We have reached out to our friends to ask: Why does music in education matter to you?

Darryl Phinnessee, Grammy winner, Singer and Composer (you know the tunes! like the "Fraser" theme lyrics "Tossed Salads and Scrambled Eggs), Michael Jackson band, Rod Stewart, Lionel Richie, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, The Black Crowes, Ray Charles........... we run out of space :-) 

"Not only is music one of our most beautiful & creative artistic expressions, it is also mathematics expressed in sound". So students get two disciplines with music. Art & Science."

Eddie Baytos, musician (he plays piano, accordion, B-3 organ, drums, percussion, harmonica, slide guitar, guitar, dobro), dancer, choreographer, film maker. Has worked with everybody, including Bruce Springsteen, Annie Lennox, Eurythmics, Bo Diddley, Prince, Mark Wahlberg, Rickie Nelson, ....... and his own band, The Nervis Brothers.

"Music has had a place in schools since the dawn of man. Over thousands of years it has been one of the first things taught to children because it helps with learning other subjects and as well as with brain development & retention. It has been proven time and time again. The ancient Egyptians, Sumarians and so on have know about this. Music is like breathing to all human beings and should not be exempted but included in all school programs. Art and dance also. So please don't stop these vital programs. Make sure they are implemented! "

Alex Fletcher, Singer and co-founder of Order 66.

"Music is an art form. Art is meant to move human emotions and make us think more. Music is also the bases of what moves our lives everyday. When we drive our cars most of us listen to our favorite radio station. When we hang out with our friends most of the time we start quoting lines from a song we love. Music in schools are important because they make students expand their minds to a world where they can create. Without the will to create, we have nothing."

Bill Macpherson, Zaire-born and raised, guitarist and multiple Grammy nominee. Has played with jazz /flamenco violinist extraordinaire Willie Royal, the Willie of "Willie and Lobo" and is bandleader/founder/producer of Native Vibe.

"The focus required to develop music skills is considerable.  Learning any instrument well is difficult so students really have to put in time to their practicing.  There is little instant gratification so you have to learn patience, discipline and  humility.  As you persevere in the process students gain a sense of pride and self-esteem.  This can come in the form of praise from an impromptu performance in your own home, participation in a talent show or an actual performance in public.  Another benefit to being able to play an instrument is this is a very healthy, relaxing, calming activity to do , like yoga or meditation.   Another benefit is social,  as children or  young adults develop music skills they can interact with other musicians,  in bands, ensembles, choir, church groups etc.  This is healthy and positive comradery and time well spent with other like minded and motivated young people. Last but not least is the incredible benefit of being able to tap into your personal creativity and have a vehicle to release it."  

Matt Cornwall, DJ, is known internationally for his outstanding work spinning records at events for clients such as star photographer David LaChapelle, R&B star Macy Gray, Starwood Hotels, Warner Bros., Fox, and EventWorks.

 "Music is not just important in schools... it's of the most dire importance.. right up there with math, literature, and now..physical ed! Since the absolute beginning of human history, music has always played a  fundamental, crucial and critical role in the evolution of story telling and ultimately human communication. I can think of no greater power than music. It heals, it moves, it represents, it changes ... what more do you want?? It is truly our collective innate gift, the power of song and making music. You stop teaching music, you ultimately stop the song of humanity. That's not being dramatic, that is the truth. 
Let the music play on~ 

Tom Jacob, drummer, keyboardist, songwriter. Al Jardine's Endless Summer Band, Lanny Ray and The Strangers and many many many studio sessions.

"My brother was my inspiration for getting into drumming and piano playing, 35 years ago. You know why? He was listening to Elvis and the Beatles and went to school to learn how to do what they did. I myself studied music theory, electronic music, (Old school) patching raps & moog synthesizers, when they were something no one had seen before. I took guitar, choir and piano. It set the foundation for a career that stems from entertaining the troops in Vietnam at the young age of 9 years old and culminating to recording and touring with Hall of Fame inductee, Life time achievement Award winning, original Beach Boy, Al Jardine.

  Education not only helped my music career, but gave me so many other benefits. It kept me out of trouble, gave me more presence of mind and a creative perspective in all aspects of my life. It is a known fact that the arts, whether it be music or otherwise, is also a more positive influence on any Childs creative endeavors. 

Pursue your creative dreams………..Go to School"

 Yochanan Sebastian Winstonflutist, saxophonist, conductor and composer. He has worked globally as a music educator and performer whose collaborations include
Chaka Khan, David Sanborn, Anthony Braxton, Steve Reich, Avraham Fried, the Arditti String Quartet and Pierre-Yves Artaud and many more.

"For years, musicians and its lovers sat idly by while politicians continuously cut back on music and arts programs in the schools. We in the creative community (musicians, artists, dancers, etc.) had very little response other than, "What a shame. Music and art are so NICE." It wasn't until quite recently that university researchers gave us the ammo we needed all along. You see, music and art IS nice. BUT, it has been proven beyond any shadow of a doubt that the study of music creates synaptic relationships in the brain that improve the following areas:1. Cognition (the ability to understand) 2. Spatial relationships 3. Math 4. Time/space continua (actions occurring with a time coefficient)Furthermore, it teaches a student incredibly valuable lessons about team building and discipline (IF you work at something, you WILL get better at it). It's not for no reason that education from the early Greeks through the Renaissance always saw the study of music as ESSENTIAL to the education of a human being. It's not just NICE!!! It's incredibly valuable (too)."

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Month Of March Spotlight On: VH1 SAVE THE MUSIC

We are very excited to present our Spotlight Of The Month organization: VH 1 SAVE THE MUSIC.

Everywhere in the nation, the funding for arts in schools has been cut dramatically due to our nationwide budgetary problems. But music is not superfluous! It is proven that music is crucial in a child's life. Music in education furthers brain development on all levels. Kids who play and enjoy music develop better spatial skills, performance skills, coordination, perseverance, self esteem and much much more. You don't believe us, just click THIS LINK to see the scientific evidence from

March also happens to be Music In Our Schools Month (MIOSM)!!

ShopAnthropists can do their share by downloading VH1 Save The Music's EZ Shopper app and turn your Everyday Shopping into Everyday Giving.

March has been officially designated by MENC: The National Association for Music Education for the observance of Music In Our Schools Month (MIOSM®), the time of year when music education becomes the focus of schools across the nation. MIOSM began as a single statewide celebration in 1973, and has grown over the decades to encompass a day, then a week, and then in 1985 to become a month long celebration of school music. MIOSM is an opportunity for music teachers to bring their music programs to the attention of the school and the community and to display the benefits school music brings to students of all ages.

The celebration continues to grow each year, reaching more and more students, teachers, musicians, and music supporters. Schools and communities throughout the country and overseas celebrate MIOSM with concerts and other activities <>  based on the year's theme. Classrooms, concert halls, civic buildings, clubs, parks, libraries, and shopping malls are just some of the arenas in which the public can observe the processes and results of music education.

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