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Home > Leadership > Mayor > Archived Press Releases > 2013 Archives > August 2013 > Mayor Brown Gives Buffalo Students Something To Sing About

Mayor Brown Gives Buffalo Students Something To Sing About

City plans to enter into one-year agreement with SAY YES to facilitate proper utilization and monitoring of up to $400,000 for the restoration of the Buffalo Public Schools’ Music Program


August 13, 2013 – Music will be restored to the Buffalo Public Schools’ Music Program.  Today, Mayor Byron Brown, joined by Council President Richard Fontana and Buffalo School music students from the Dr. Lydia T. Wright School of Excellence, announced that the Office of the Mayor and City of Buffalo plan to enter into a one-year agreement with SAY YES to facilitate the proper utilization and monitoring of up to $400,000 from the general budget to fully restore the Buffalo Public Schools’ music program in the upcoming academic year. SAY YES, in turn, is expected to enter into an agreement with the Buffalo Public Schools for restoration and the proper administration of funding to the 14 schools where band, orchestra and the other music programs had been eliminated or reduced.

“Music is a universal language and I’m pleased to announce a commitment of up to $400,000 from the City of Buffalo that will keep the music playing in Buffalo Schools,” said Mayor Brown, noting that music programs play a major role in improving attendance and graduation rates, while promoting team work, self-confidence and responsibility. “The arts are an essential part of Buffalo’s cultural identity and school music programs are an important part of it, resulting in stronger students and stronger communities.”

Council President Fontana plans to call a special session of the City Council to consider the proposed funding plan to fully restore the Buffalo Public Schools’ music program.   In the meantime, SAY YES has agreed to accept $400,000 up front, and help develop and facilitate the Buffalo Public Schools’ music program.  SAY YES has also agreed to distribute funding to the Buffalo Public schools on a quarterly basis, as well as design performance metrics, monitor the effectiveness of the music program, and oversee the disbursement and management of funds, to help ensure that the music program’s objectives are met.

Today’s announcement is part of Mayor Brown’s continued commitment to support the educational needs of Buffalo students, which also includes:

  • A recent allocation of $171,000 for the hiring of two new attendance teachers, an additional $30,000 to hire a truancy aid, to help bolster attendance rates in Buffalo schools 
  • A $1.1 million commitment to Mayor Brown’s 2013 Summer Youth Employment Program, the highest in the city’s history, resulting in 1,400 meaningful jobs for youth
  • A $500,000 investment to Say Yes to Buffalo, a program that offers Buffalo students who graduates from a Buffalo Public School a scholarship to college
  • A citywide effort to increase literacy in Buffalo through Mayor Brown’s Reading Rules! Summer Reading Challenge.  Last year, more than 1,500 children completed over 11,000 books