2017 Note4Note Campaign

Breaking News!

We’re thrilled to have successfully unlocked Charles Yang’s matching gift of $1,500, pushing us over our initial fundraising goal of $5,000! Looks like J.P. will be able to finish his piece with notes to spare!

Will you help us reach $7,500 by the end of today? Join us in celebrating incredible young musicians like J.P. all across America.

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Co-compose a brand new piece of music with us!

In celebration of #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving, we’re excited to be commissioning a new piece of music from alum J.P. Redmond!

This commission is a bit…different from what you might expect, in that J.P. can’t write this piece alone.

He needs notes!

Here’s where you come in

Every dollar donated to our #Note4Note Campaign gives him one note to use in his composition.

Help J.P. complete his new composition by the end of #GivingTuesday on November 28 by making a tax-deductible gift today. Our initial goal for this campaign was $5,000. With the successful unlocking of a matching gift, it is now $6,000. Learn more by checking out our FAQ’s below.

Thank you for taking part in this worldwide giving movement and for believing in the power of new music in the hands of young musicians.


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JP Redmond headshotMeet Our Fearless Composer: J.P. Redmond

J.P. appeared on our show back in 2013 at the age of 13 where he received a Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award in conjunction with his performance. He’s gone on to be recognized with three ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Awards, a 2017 Davidson Fellowship, and was a 2017 Apprentice Composer with the National Youth Orchestra of the USA.

We reconnected with him recently to talk about his composition process, his lessons at the Juilliard School in New York, and more. We also asked how many notes he thinks he’d need to write this piece and his answer surprised us!


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Theo Luu, pianistMeet 12-year-old pianist Theo Luu

This is Theo’s second #Note4Note Campaign, and we’re thankful that he’s found the time in his busy schedule to participate! When he isn’t performing, he’s swimming, tutoring, programming, or organizing benefit concerts for important causes. Read more about him and watch the 2016 #Note4Note music video!

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What does #Note4Note mean?

Note4Note is our way of saying that for every one dollar (“note”), J.P. gets a note to write his piece with.

The hashtag in front helps us organize all our #Note4Note posts across social media. Try searching for #Note4Note in Facebook or Twitter to follow this year’s campaign or see last year’s posts!

Will my donation of $20 or under really help?

Absolutely! Your gift, no matter how small or large, does make an impact in the lives of our young performers.

The majority of the funds raised through the #Note4Note campaign will be used directly to fund our mission of celebrating the power of music in the hands of extraordinary young people.

The only exception to this commitment will be a token of appreciation to composer J.P. Redmond for his participation in this special project.

If you’re looking for an easy way to multiply your impact, a smaller donation made monthly is a convenient option.

Join the hundreds of other donors who make gifts of $20 or under today.

What other ways can I get involved?

Much like #GivingTuesday, this campaign is fueled by social media and engagement. You can make an impact by sharing this page with your friends on Facebook, Twitter, or other platforms you use. When you do, please include the hashtag #Note4Note in your post so your friends can see related information.

Contact us at sbarkai@fromthetop.org if you’d like to learn more about how you can help J.P. finish his piece before #GivingTuesday.

What is the fundraising goal?

Our fundraising goal for the #Note4Note Campaign is $5,000.

Is my gift tax-deductible?

Yes. From the Top is a charitable organization, all donations are tax-deductible.

What is #GivingTuesday?

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration.

Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.

Do I get to choose which notes I "donate"?

While the idea of donors hand-selecting their notes is a fantastically cool one, we thought that might make J.P.’s life a little too difficult – he’s a full-time student at Juilliard, after all!

What happens after the campaign finishes on #GivingTuesday?

Once we meet our goal by the end of the day on #GivingTuesday, we get to record the piece, turn it into a music video, and share it with the world! That’ll likely happen around the end of the year.

And we’ll share it exclusively to our donors first :)

How will my gift be acknowledged?

All donors will be listed in the credits at the end of the final music video! Watch last year’s music video here.

Donations may also be made anonymously if desired.

Could my employer match my gift for this campaign?

They sure could! Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match any charitable contributions made by their employees, retirees and/or employees’ spouses. If your company has a Human Resources department, that’s a good place to start.