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Kelly Music Center to Bring Arts, Education and Entertainment to Havertown
  by: iradioal - Philadelphia, PA
started: 04/03/17 2:42 pm | updated: 04/03/17 2:42 pm
HAVERTOWN, PA - The musical seeds planted in Haverford Township over the last decade are blossoming. A new venue for music and arts is coming this summer. The Kelly Music Center will bring a multi-purpose community arts venue to Havertown. The proposed space will provide live performance opportunity for developing young musicians, singers, writers and other students interested in developing their craft. The Kelly Music Center will also feature professional performers, singer-songwriters, comedians and more. Located at 4 - 6 East Eagle Road in the Oakmont section of Havertown, the Kelly Music Center will include a stage with professional sound and lights. The viewing area will seat approximately 80 people. The multi-purpose space will also host special events for artisans, crafters and private functions.

Kelly Music for Life is a 501c3 non-profit led by Haverford Township residents and brothers, Tom Kelly, Paul Kelly and their wives, Sheri and Susan. The group organizes fundraising events including the annual Haverford Spring Fest on Brookline Boulevard, the Concert in the Park Summer Series and the Havertown Irish Festival. To date the organization has contributed over $10,000 to local music education programs, library programs, trail development, beautification, park improvements, food banks and more through the high quality entertainment it brings to the community.

According to Tom Kelly, "We are taking our commitment to music, arts and community to a more ambitious level." Kelly emphasizes, "Music and Art is vital to all of us. The climate of cuts is heating up in America threatening the Arts like never before. The time is now for us to take this step."

Kelly hopes others share the vision. "The building needs renovation. We want to raise $500,000 to create this space. To make this happen we will need professional services, volunteers and trades to help us design and create the venue. We are looking for grants, donors and sponsors. We hope local businesses will conduct fundraising activities for us. The Kelly Music Center will create jobs and improve our streetscape. It will also elevate our Arts and Entertainment identity creating another reason to make Haverford Township a destination." Interested contributors can contact Tom Kelly directly by e-mail

Kelly Music for Life will purchase the property from Dr. Richard Cooper, a business owner and professor at Harcum College in Bryn Mawr. Cooper has owned the building and operated his business from that location for over 20 years. He feels that the time and situation are right. According to Dr. Cooper, "Having Kelly Music for Life transform my building into a Center for the Arts just feels like the right thing to do."

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