Vanessa Pollock Music Initiative
Vanessa Pollock, the Pollock Properties Group, and Vanessa’s 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 early 2015. The fund helps to maintain the district’s inventory of instruments, underwrites instrument rentals at the elementary and middle school levels so that all students can participate in band and orchestra, and supports teacher grant requests for music projects.
In addition, the initiative makes annual awards for advanced music training to Columbia High School students who demonstrate exceptional talent and are recommended by SOMSD music faculty. Awards are tailored to students’ specific needs for private music instruction and/or professional quality instruments. These scholarships are intended to enable these gifted students to maximize their potential in their musical pursuits.
Charlie Pollock & Friends Holiday Concert
Pollock Properties Group proudly presents this year’s annual holiday concert featuring Charlie Pollock & Friends! For 2020, the livestreamed event will aptly be called “Home for the Holidays,” and though the concert won’t be in-person this year, the talent and joy will be greater than ever. The December 19th concert is free to attend and open to all, but donations to the Vanessa Pollock Music Initiative are welcomed.
The December 19th concert’s fundraising goal of $6,241 represents the amount needed to cover rental fees for 116 instruments for families who need help this school year.