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After making Metrocenter Mall its home since 2011, nearly 700 students and 30 teachers from Phoenix Conservatory of Music (PCM) were displaced when the mall closed permanently in late June. PCM learned of the closure that same month and had to scramble to relocate its school and music studios.

Now, the 501(c)(3) organization is seeking help to continue to facilitate its move into a new home. In mid-September, PCM announced that its Emergency Relocating & Reopening Fund, GoFundMe had only raised one-third the amount necessary to fund its move to a new facility.

“Engaging support from the community through the move to temporary storage to moving into our new home is critical,” said Regina Nixon, executive director. “We are not just incurring moving costs, but as we begin to engage in providing hybrid programs for our community, there are a significant reopening costs associated with navigating this pandemic safely — from in-room air purifiers to individual microphones for students. The support from the community to our Emergency Relocation and Reopening Fund is truly allowing us to serve our community in the very best way possible and allowing students the creative outlet they need in this unique time in our shared history.”

PCM is currently offering both in person lessons and online private lessons and classes. Visit the organization's website to learn more about the safety measures it has in place.

Valley residents who would like to help this nonprofit school may visit the GoFundMe page. For additional information, visit pcmrocks.org

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