The singer Barry Manilow wants to keep the music playing for high school music programs, using a decoupled debit card as his newest instrument.
Tempo Payments Inc. announced Monday the launch of the Manilow Fund for Health and Hope MasterCard. Tempo will share a portion of the revenue it earns from each purchase initiated with the card with the Manilow Music Project, which donates musical instruments to "severely depleted" school music programs.
Tempo will give the organization 0.5% of each signature-debit sale and 0.1% of every PIN-debit purchase amount, said Pete Bartolik, spokesman for the San Mateo, Calif., affinity card provider.
First Bank and Trust in Brooking, S.D., issues the Manilow Fund for Health and Hope MasterCard. The card links to cardholders' checking accounts at any U.S. bank. First Bank withdraws funds via the automated clearing house network.