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    The Need

    Like all of us, Music is Art has had a bumpy road this year. We have not been able to hold our normally held events and fundraisers, but in spite of that we are going strong, and generating new “safe” programming including some exciting initiatives coming your way!

    If you are not familiar with us… Music is Art is dedicated to creating opportunities to fuel the unifying power of music in our region. Music is Art has been proud to enrich our community through our programs and initiatives. From education to instrument drives to helping aspiring musicians, we have been an integral part of Buffalo’s music scene. It is our hope that we encourage people to find their musical voice, think about how music touches their lives, and most importantly, think about the fact that...music is art.

    Music is Art is a not-for-profit, founded in 2003 by Goo Goo Dolls bassist and Buffalo resident, Robby Takac. Music is Art operates through a board of directors, staff, sponsors, and volunteers, as well as collaborations with several partner organizations. 

    The Artist

    Philip Burke

    Born in Buffalo, Philip moved to NYC in 1977 at the age of 21 and immediately got drawing assignments from the NY Times, TIME and FORTUNE, along with regular work from the VILLAGE VOICE. In 1983 Philip started painting, signed an exclusive contract with VANITY FAIR at the time of its rebirth, and returned upstate to start a family. From the start of 1989 through the end of 1995, his paintings appeared as a regular feature as half of the contents page of each issue of ROLLING STONE. From 1995 through 2010, his work appeared monthly on the cover of the NY OBSERVER. Philip’s original paintings were featured in a one man show, "The Color of Rock", at the ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME in 2006. Philip’s original paintings and drawings were featured in a retrospective exhibition, “The Likeness of Being” at the BURCHFIELD PENNEY ART CENTER in 2015. Over the past 36 years, Philip's work has been published by more than 300 periodicals in the U.S. and around the world. Philip has been a huge supporter of Music is Art over the years.