Nov 20, 2018

Release - Barry Manilow donates Yamaha piano to kick-off music instrument drive at Amalie Arena


November 20, 2018

Contact: Kelsey Coary (813.301.6651, [email protected])




TAMPA, FL – Pop music icon Barry Manilow hopes others will follow his philanthropic lead as he brings his Manilow Music Project to the Marcia P. Hoffman School of the Arts at Ruth Eckerd Hall. The legendary singer/songwriter plans to donate a Yamaha piano to launch a local music instrument drive. Those who donate a new or gently used musical instrument will receive two complimentary tickets, valid for pre-selected seat locations on a first come, first serve basis, for Manilow’s “A Very Barry Christmas” engagement at AMALIE Arena on Friday, December 7 at 7:30 PM.

The designated instrument drop is located at the AMALIE Arena Ticket Office during regular business hours.

Collected instruments will be distributed to local students and schools in need through the outreach efforts of the Marcia P. Hoffman School of the Arts at Ruth Eckerd Hall. The Manilow Music Project has conducted music instrument drives all over the country to assist local schools with their music programs.

“I’m thrilled to bring the gift of music to these kids” said Manilow.

“We are incredibly proud to be recipients of The Manilow Music Project’s efforts and support of our shared mission to keep the music playing in the lives of children everywhere,” said Sharon Reid-Kane, Education & Outreach Officer at The Marcia P. Hoffman School of the Arts at Ruth Eckerd Hall. “Through our work in arts education, we know first-hand that music indeed teaches, reaches, heals, inspires, and changes lives. Mr. Manilow will forever have our heartfelt thanks.”

The Manilow Music Project is part of The Manilow Fund for Health and Hope. It was formed as a grass roots organization to assist local charities and programs. Its primary focus is to provide musical instruments to high schools and middle schools and to provide music scholarships at universities throughout the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. More information on the Manilow Music Project can be found at

With worldwide record sales exceeding 85 million, Manilow's unparalleled career encompasses virtually every arena of entertainment, including performing, writing, composing, arranging and producing. A Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee, Manilow has produced, arranged and released more than 40 albums during the course of his career. He has also written and produced songs for Barbra Streisand, Bette Midler, Dionne Warwick and many more. He has been honored with a Grammy, two Emmys, a Tony Award and an Oscar nomination.


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Media Contacts:

Kirstyn Schwartz, AEG Presents, [email protected] 

Victoria Varela, Varela Media, [email protected]


TICKETS: Tickets for this event are on sale now at the AMALIE Arena Ticket Office, Ticketmaster outlets and at Order tickets by phone by calling 800.745.3000. Ticket prices are $16.00, $56.00, $76.00, $96.00, $156.00 and $246.00. Prices do not include facility fee or service charges. Advanced parking passes are available at or the ticket office. Visit or call 813.301.2500 for more information. 


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