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Durham, NC, January 25, 2018

Local Nonprofit wins Emmy Award for “Best Program Featuring Visual or Performing Arts”

Kidznotes is very proud to share the news that our Documentary Short Film, “The Music Inside”, has now won not only a Telly Award, but also an Emmy Award!

Ray and Susan Ellis of Footpath Pictures spent countless hours working to tell the stories of our Kidznotes families, and at a beautiful ceremony on Saturday evening in Nashville, these incredible stories resulted in an Emmy award honoring Kidznotes’ documentary film.  The time and effort Ray and Susan put into this project has been inspiring.

We would also like to recognize the Kidznotes students who are featured in the film:  Marcus, Kiarra, Alan, Simone and Johnny and their families.  Without them, none of this would have been possible.

Watch the Emmy announcement and the speech by Kidznotes’ Executive Director, Nick Malinowski:


Media Inquiries or Interview Requests, Please Contact: 

Nick Malinowski, Executive Director of Kidznotes



About Kidznotes /

Kidznotes is a 501c3 music for social change program based on the El Sistema model, which serves children who live below the poverty line.  We engage students, pre-K through 12th grade, in an intense, fully integrated, out-of-school musical program that includes instrumental instruction, choir, music theory, general music, orchestra, and band.  And it’s all free.

About Footpath Pictures /

International expertise, decades of experience and a knack for making a difference are just a few things that define Footpath Pictures. But in the end, it’s really just about our people.

Being a filmmaker has a lot to do with talent, but even more to do with tenacity. Above all, we are a documentary production company that reaches far beyond filming. We immerse ourselves in every story—researching the topic, becoming advocates and identifying how to get each film in front of the right audience. We do it step by step and with the utmost care because we see our stories as footpaths—scenic journeys with the power to build a better world.

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