Here are some of the initiatives that will fail if we do not meet our goal:
- A high-profile cultural exchange concert with sitarist Gaurav Mazumdar in New Delhi, India. Proceeds from the concerts will benefit The Environmental Resources Institute, chaired by Rajendra Pachauri, whose other organization, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore.
- A new music academy for young Arab classical musicians (with an American faculty) in Borj Cedria, Tunisia.
- Composition workshops for an indigenous group in the Philippines, Himalayan village children in India, orphans in Mexico, and public school children in Zimbabwe
- A powerful, high-impact series of composition workshops in Papua New Guinea that will bolster U.S.-Papuan environmental cooperation in the wake of Papua New Guinea's by-now-famous confrontation with the U.S. at the December 2007 U.N. Conference on Climate Change in Bali, Indonesia
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I will publish a new fundraising thermometer every Friday at this blog to chart our progress. If we do not meet the goal by May 1, the dream of bringing people together through music is over.