Vanessa Pollock Music Initiative
Vanessa Pollock, her team at Keller Williams Midtown Direct Realty, and her husband, Broadway actor, Charlie Pollock, have dedicated themselves to raising money to help more students in the SO/M schools benefit from music training. The Pollocks appreciate the impact that outstanding instruction in performing arts had on their own lives and are grateful to be in a position to offer the same to their own children. Their goal is to provide assistance that will extend such opportunities to students whose families cannot afford them fully.
The couple established the Vanessa Pollock Music initiative with the Achieve Foundation in 2015. The fund helps to maintain the district’s inventory of instruments, provides scholarships for instrument rentals and supports Teacher Grants for music projects. In addition, the initiative makes annual awards for advanced music training to high schools students with financial need who demonstrate exceptional talent. A review committee chooses recipients from among candidates recommended by the CHS music faculty. Awards are tailored to students’ specific needs for private music instruction and/or professional quality instruments. These benefits are intended to enable these gifted students to maximize their potential in their musical pursuits.
Charlie Pollock and Friends Concert
The Pollocks raise most of the funds for the music initiative from local concerts featuring “Charlie Pollock & Friends.” The events are sponsored by businesses and receive donations from concert goers and families, which are often matched by the Pollocks and Vanessa’s reality team. Charlie, (David Bowie’s “Lazarus,” New York Theater Workshop) recruits a world-class band to perform at the concerts, as well as Broadway singers and featured appearances by stars like Norbert Leo Butz.
Through these events, the Pollocks have infused more than $15,000 per year into Achieve’s Vanessa Pollock Music Initiative. They invite everyone to join in the effort by making a donation at any time of year.