Barry Manilow helps collect instruments for Baton Rouge area

Barry Manilow (Source: Matt Becker via Wikipedia)
Barry Manilow (Source: Matt Becker via Wikipedia)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Singer Barry Manilow is scheduled to perform at the Baton Rouge River Center later this month and while that alone is a big deal for the Capital City; he's hoping to make a larger impact on schools in the area.

As a musician, Manilow said he couldn't just stand by and do nothing when school districts started cutting funding for music programs, so he launched The Manilow Music Project. The foundation raises money for school music programs all across the country.

In each city he performs in, Manilow donates a piano to one school district. During his January 29 stop in the Capital City, it will be the East Baton Rouge School District that receives the gift.

And, as he's done in several cities over the past few years, he's asking his audience to help his cause.

Manilow said between 75 and 100 instruments have been collected in each city.

Those who would like to donate can drop off instruments at the Baton Rouge River Center from 10 a.m. through 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

They'll stop taking instruments two hours before the show starts on January 29.

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