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Accessing COVID Relief Funds for Your School Music Program


Dave Gerhart

Heather Mansell

Marcia Neel


Dr. Dave Gerhart, Heather Mansell, and Marcia Neel serve as part of the music education team at Yamaha Corporation of America. As Assistant Marketing Manager, Education, and lecturer at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at CSU, Long Beach, Dr. Gerhart is a nationally recognized performer, composer, and educator. He holds a D.M.A. in Percussion Performance from USC with an emphasis in Music Education. As Marketing Manager, Education, Ms. Mansell has helped to shape education initiatives company-wide. An alumnus of the University of Toronto with over 17 years in the music industry, Heather was recently named one of the 2020 NAMM Show’s “Smart Women in Music.” A veteran educator and arts supervisor in Las Vegas, Neel is recognized for her advocacy acumen at national levels. She is president of Music Education Consultants which serves educational organizations, arts associations, and school districts. In 2016, Marcia was named Yamaha’s Senior Director of Education. She also serves as Education Advisor to the Music Achievement Council and a member of the PAS Board of Directors.  



Did you know that $67 billion was set aside in the recent stimulus packages to help elementary and secondary schools? This week's conversation involved Yamaha's Marcia Neel, Dave Gerhart, and Heather Mansell helping us break down how to access COVID relief funding for your music program. We answered the following questions:

  • What are "ESSER" funds?
  • How much funding did my school district receive?
  • How can I request funding for my program?
  • What can the money be used for?





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