The Sing for Hope Pianos

Miami Early Voting Site

In the summer of 2020, Grammy, Emmy, and Oscar-winning musician and Sing for Hope board member Jon Batiste performed a series of outdoor Voter Registration Recitals on Sing for Hope Pianos in support of Black Lives Matter and in partnership with the non-partisan voter registration non-profit HeadCount. The free events, held on the steps of Brooklyn Public Library’s Central Library at Grand Army Plaza and at Barclays Center’s plaza, were deeply moving and highly successful in terms of registering and empowering voters (especially first-time voters) to engage in the democratic process.

Building upon the success of these events, Sing for Hope received support in the fall of 2020 to place a Sing for Hope Piano in Miami-Dade County near an early voting center to inspire voter engagement and create community through the arts. In partnership with Florida International University Music School, student performers and faculty artists shared pop-up performances as thousands of students, faculty, staff, and community members patiently waited in line to cast their ballots during the final week of early voting.

Like voting itself, the Sing for Hope Pianos speak to our belief that everyone has a voice and every voice should be heard. Music helps us mobilize, powering social movements, and that’s why it feels vital right now. Music is big enough to connect us across division, and to hold both our struggle and our hope.

This Sing for Hope Piano was created by acclaimed Cuban-American artist Alexis Mendoza, in representation of his richly colored, multifaceted heritage. It was enjoyed by an estimated 13,500 people during its public residency, after which it was placed it its permanent home in Florida International University Music School.

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THE SING FOR HOPE FOUNDERS’ CIRCLE

  • The International Foundation for Arts and Culture
    (Dr. Haruhisa Handa, Chairman, Sing for Hope Global Patron)
  • The Arnhold Foundation in loving memory of Sissy and Henry Arnhold
  • The Thea Petschek Iervolino Foundation
  • The Anna-Maria & Stephen Kellen Foundation
  • Ann Ziff
Sing for Hope is supported, in part, by the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts with support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and by the Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation.

Unitex is a founding sponsor of Open Arts

Sing for Hope is a registered 501(c)(3) charitable organization (EIN 01-0856384). A copy of our most recently filed financial report is available from the Charities Registry on the New York State Attorney General’s website (www.charitiesnys.com) or, upon request, by contacting the New York State Attorney General, Charities Bureau, 28 Liberty Street, New York, NY 10005, or Sing for Hope at 99 Wall Street #1812, New York, NY 10005. You also may obtain information on charitable organizations from the New York State Office of the Attorney General at www.charitiesnys.com or (212) 416-8401.

Our mission is “art for all” – we actively engage those with special physical or intellectual needs. Both our office and our SFH Pianos Studio at 28 Liberty are ADA compliant, as are our partner sites.

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