SoundBites Awarded $10,000 Stand for the Arts Award to Support Their Local Efforts

COLUMBIA, S.C.: Expanding upon its Stand for the Arts Awards initiative launched in 2017, Ovation, America’s only arts network, will partner again with Charter Communications, Inc. in 2020 to recognize outstanding local arts, cultural, and educational organizations and programs in five of Charter’s Spectrum markets across the country. The initiative is part of the independent network’s national arts advocacy platform called Stand for the Arts, which will commit $50,000 to support arts education nationwide.

On Sunday, Dec. 13, Ovation and Charter joined Gov. McMaster to present the $10,000 Stand for the Arts Award to SoundBites, a Columbia-based non-profit organization. The award will enable SoundBites to grow their mission to support and inspire underprivileged children to discover and develop their hidden musical gifts and talents through access to musical instruments and proper instruction.

“Even in this challenging time, SoundBites is doing meaningful work, showing how access to the arts and arts education can bring diverse communities together and enrich the lives of their residents,” said, Marva Johnson, Group Vice President, State Government Affairs at Charter. “Charter is pleased to extend this partnership with Ovation for a fourth consecutive year and support the creative work of these arts organizations, as part of our commitment to invest and improve the communities we serve.”

Stand for the Arts Awards are granted based on how well an organization empowers the community, builds strategic partnerships, drives engagement through volunteerism and delivers creative programming.

Sol Doten, Senior Vice President, Content Distribution Marketing, Ovation said, “Together with Charter, we’re thrilled to provide support to community-driven art organizations, especially in times like these when they may need it most. Ovation encourages everyone to advocate for arts access in their community and to enjoy and support the arts in their own way throughout the pandemic.”

Hobart Trotter, Board Chairman, Soundbites said, “We are very fortunate to have great sponsors in these difficult times. Our goal from day one has been to bridge the gap for students who are underprivileged and don’t have the resources or funding that the traditional schools have. This grant will help us to buy more instruments and help with the ongoing training.”

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About OVATION TV America’s Only Arts Network

As an independent television, production, and digital media company, OVATION TV has an unparalleled commitment to the arts, culture, and captivating entertainment.  Showcasing a lineup of critically-acclaimed premium dramas, specials, documentaries, and iconic films, OVATION TV salutes innovative storytelling with popular programming that includes Murdoch Mysteries, Riviera, Frankie Drake Mysteries, The Wine Show, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, Versailles, Grand Designs, Amazing Hotels, Chasing the Sun, and Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations.  In 2019, Ovation became the official home for the 18-time Emmy nominated series Inside the Actors Studio, a symbiotic partnership with The Actors Studio that explores the craft and art of acting and storytelling.  Ovation also powers JOURNY, the dedicated streaming service where art, culture, and travel intersect.  The company has provided more than $15M in contributions and in-kind support to arts institutions and arts education.  Its signature advocacy platform, STAND FOR THE ARTS, includes a coalition of over 60 arts organizations, cultural institutions, and arts leaders throughout the country raising awareness about art’s positive impact, protecting access for everyone, and encouraging action on behalf of the arts.  OVATION TV is available on major providers via cable, satellite and telco systems including Comcast Cable/Xfinity, DIRECTV/AT&T U-verse, SPECTRUM, Verizon FiOS, as well as on demand.  You can follow OVATION TV on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram,, and through our App, OVATION NOW.


About Charter

Charter Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:CHTR) is a leading broadband connectivity company and cable operator serving more than 30 million customers in 41 states through its Spectrum brand. Over an advanced communications network, the company offers a full range of state-of-the-art residential and business services including Spectrum Internet®, TV, Mobile and Voice.

For small and medium-sized companies, Spectrum Business® delivers the same suite of broadband products and services coupled with special features and applications to enhance productivity, while for larger businesses and government entities, Spectrum Enterprise provides highly customized, fiber-based solutions. Spectrum Reach® delivers tailored advertising and production for the modern media landscape. The company also distributes award-winning news coverage, sports and high-quality original programming to its customers through Spectrum Networks and Spectrum Originals. More information about Charter can be found at


About Music for Youth “SoundBites”

Originating in 2017, a group of Columbia professionals created SoundBites with one collective goal: to provide the gift of music through the proper equipment, instruction, and funding to all of those in need with a desire. Music for Youth “SoundBites” helps to inspire underprivileged children to discover and develop their hidden musical gifts and talents through access to musical instruments and proper instruction. The access and exposure to music and opportunity to learn will instill benefits of proven correlations between music, math, science and the cognitive thinking skills. These opportunities not only increase self-esteem and self-confidence but give our youth healthy ways to express themselves.




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