ABOUT THE FUND
The David Dan Memorial Fund was established to honor the late David Dan, whose passions were improving the lives of young people and music. This fund will support Play on Philly's annual spring concert hosted by The College of Physicians of Philadelphia. This concert will both honor David’s legacy and provide an opportunity for those that loved and admired him to come together at a cultural event for reflection, remembrance, and fellowship: a true living memorial.
ABOUT PLAY ON PHILLY
Play On Philly (POP) provides high-quality music education to students, who would typically lack access, as a vehicle for life skills and academic achievement. We provide 2½ hours of music instruction and ensemble practice every day after school and over 25 performance opportunities throughout the year. Students range from kindergarten to 12th grade and they are loaned an orchestral instrument. POP is dedicated to continued evaluation of our impact on academics and executive functioning. Our students score ten points higher on standardized test and have improved behavior and study skills. We cultivate musical excellence, lifelong skills and confidence.
Established in 2011 at St. Francis de Sales School in West Philadelphia, POP started with 110 youth, ages six to thirteen, with the goal of making a significant and sustaining impact on their lives. In 2012, POP established its second site at Freire Charter Middle School expanding its reach to 250 students. In fall of 2015, we added our POP Academy program which welcomes high schoolers from across Philadelphia. By expanding gradually, the program is able to stay flexible to curriculum adjustments and responsive to community needs. We strive to engage the entire community through partnerships, community events, and a season of thirty performances in venues across the Philadelphia region.