Inaugural Manhattan School of Music Student Benefit Concert:

New York, New York -- (Sept 30, 2016) Manhattan School of Music (MSM) students and alumni present the inaugural MUSIC FOR A BETTER WORLD benefit concert on October 13, 2016 at 7:30 PM in Neidorff-Karpati Hall at MSM.

This year’s event raises awareness for suicide prevention and supports The Jed Foundation (JED), which exists to help protect emotional health and prevent suicide for our nation's teens and young adults.

The concert showcases a range of opera, choral, and orchestral music performed by Manhattan School of Music student ensembles, performing works by Kurt Weill, George Gershwin, Samuel Barber, and others. Guest speakers include JED's CEO, John MacPhee.

“I want people to understand that music can be used to help people, that it can do more than just lift spirits but can be a concrete force for good,” says MSM sophomore Adam Goldstein, the founder of the benefit concert series who is producing this year’s inaugural event with a group of MSM students. Adam also runs a mental health awareness group at MSM called Strike a Chord.

“Suicide is a bigger issue than most people understand,” adds Goldstein. “Mental illness is not easy to throw off. The stigma attached to it just makes things worse. This is something I want to help change. It starts with helping people realize there are resources and places they can turn to for help.” Organizers hope that MUSIC FOR A BETTER WORLD will become an annual event. All concert proceeds of the inaugural MUSIC FOR A BETTER WORLD will go to JED.

For more information please contact:

Caryn Toriaga, MSM Manager of Public Relations


WHAT: MSM's inaugural Music for a Better World benefit concert showcasing MSM student ensembles. This year's event supports JED which exists to help protect emotional health and prevent suicide for our nation's teens and young adults.

WHEN: Thursday, October 13 at 7:30 PM

WHERE: Manhattan School of Music, Neidorff-Karpati Hall (formerly John C. Borden Auditorium)
120 Claremont Avenue, NY, NY 10027
Entrance on 122nd Street and Broadway
Tel: 212.749.2802

RSVP: Purchase tickets in advance online or in person, day-of at the door

PRICING: Suggested $25 General Admission
$75 VIP Prime Seating
Student Rate: Students can make a donation at any level that is comfortable.

All proceeds will go to JED


JED is a national nonprofit that exists to protect emotional health and prevent suicide for our nation’s teens and young adults. We’re partnering with high schools and colleges to strengthen their mental health, substance abuse and suicide prevention programs and systems. We’re equipping teens and young adults with the skills and knowledge to help themselves and each other. We’re encouraging community awareness, understanding and action for young adult mental health.

Learn more at Check out our programs including: JED Campus (, ULifeline (, Half of Us (, Love is Louder ( and Set to Go (

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Founded as a settlement music school by Janet Daniels Schenck in 1918, today Manhattan School of Music is recognized for its 950 superbly talented undergraduate and graduate students who come from more than 50 countries and nearly all 50 states; a world-renowned artist-teacher faculty; and innovative curricula. The School is dedicated to the personal, artistic, and intellectual development of aspiring musicians, from its Precollege students through those pursuing postgraduate studies.

Offering both classical and jazz training – and, beginning in fall 2016, a Bachelor's degree program in musical theater – MSM grants Bachelor of Music, Master of Music, and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees, as well as the Professional Studies Certificate and Artist Diploma. Additionally, true to MSM's origins as a music school for children, the Precollege program continues to offer superior music instruction to young musicians between the ages of five and 18. The School also serves some 2,000 New York City schoolchildren through its Arts-in-Education Program, and another 2,000 students through its critically acclaimed Distance Learning Program.