Welcome to Music Unites’ summer 2020 online series focused on teaching students the power and breadth of the music industry. Music Unites’ Virtual MusicVersity will feature music leaders and executives from all over the nation, who will come together to virtually educate and empower hundreds of youth. Our MusicVersities are supplemental panels, workshops, master classes and other special opportunities to give students an inside look into the music industry and provide relevant interaction with college environments and young professionals in related fields. Music Unites is able to provide students with intimate sessions with recording artist and industry leaders. Music Unites aligns Music-Versity opportunities with college and career readiness standards so students feel empowered, practice life-skills alongside successful, young professionals, and learn how to engage their future dreams. To learn more and register, click here.
In collaboration with H&M, Guitar Center, iHeart Radio & Real 29.3 LA, JD McCrary and John Lindhal will perform and music icons Tim Storey and Randy Jackson will share their personal stories to kick off MUSIC UNITES DAY on March 28 in celebration of Music In Our Schools Month.
MUSIC UNITES in partnership with the Compton Unified School District will celebrate Music Unites Day, which was established by Superintendent Brawley from the Compton Unified School District. Music Unites is proud of the key partners for Music Unites Day including Scholly, We Day and Music Center, who will play an integral role to further the mission of empowering youth through the importance of music education.
Along with performances my ten year old music sensation JD McCRARY who also stars as baby Simba in the new Lion King movie and newcomer John Lindhal, Music Unites will host a series of 90 minute educational workshops in the auditorium/ gymnasium across three schools: Centennial High, Bunche Middle School and Kelly Elementary. The three different programs at the schools will happen at 9 AM, 12 PT and 3 PM. This marks the first time that the Compton Unified School District has granted an official day to celebrate music education. Music Unites will program an impactful educational panel which the non-profit refers to as Music-Versities, where students will hear from leading industry executives on the importance of leadership, mentorship and their careers behind the scenes in the music and entertainment industries.
As part of Music Unites Day, the Compton Unified School District is committing $50K towards Music Unites work in Compton which will go towards the “Music Unites Academy” being built across all three schools and the funding of afterschool music programs across all three schools for the upcoming school year which will include instrumental, guitar and beats production.
“We are honored to receive an official day towards Music Unites and to be working with the Compton Unified School District and craft a custom scalable music program for our schools as this marks a priority initiative for our organization,” said Michelle Edgar, founder and executive director of Music Unites. “Our long-standing history in Compton has been over five years, and for Superintendent Brawley and the district to present us with the opportunity and commit resources to this shows that arts education is a top priority in the district and we hope to use this as a model to spread across the country.”
Since the release of her 2013 breakout, IMA Winning album Pushin’ Against A Stone, Valerie June has been patiently at work in the garden of song, nurturing seedlings with love and care into the lush bloom that is her stunning new album, The Order Of Time, which landed on many music critics’ “best of lists” in 2017.
Some of Valerie’s new songs grew from seeds planted more than a decade ago, others blossomed overnight when she least expected them to, but every track bears the influence of time. See, time has been on June’s mind a lot lately. It’s the only constant in life, even though it’s constantly changing. It’s the healer of all wounds, the killer of all men. It’s at once infinite and finite, ever flowing with twists and turns and brutal, churning rapids that give way to serene stretches of placid tranquility. Fight against the current and it will knock you flat on your ass. Learn to read it, to speak its language, and it will carry you exactly where you’re meant to be.
Elizabeth Ziman, who performs as Elizabeth and the Catapult, is a critically acclaimed singer/songwriter from New York, living and working in Brooklyn. She’s toured with the likes of Sara Bareilles and Kishi Bashi; collaborated with Esperanza Spalding, Gillian Welch, Blake Mills and Ben Folds; scored, with Paul Brill, a variety of international award-winning documentaries including Trapped, a Peabody winner; and won the 2015 Independent Music Award for Songwriting, Folk category. Her songs have been featured in national television campaigns for Google, Amazon, Sky TV, and “So You Think You Can Dance”.
The beneficiary of this event is Music Unites, a national charity with the mission to raise academic and lifetime achievement for at-risk public school students through the support and creation of unique music education partnerships and programs. The organization currently provides free after-school music programs to youth through school-based partnerships, along with special monthly workshops designed in alignment with standards for career and college readiness. Music Unite’s life-changing programs and events help educate and guide our youth toward planning and achieving responsible goals for their future. Music Unites also leverages its student’s innate talents and elevates the next generation of performers by providing audiences, venues, and special performance opportunities, while at the same time offering its students performances of aspiring artists across a wide range of genres that exist in the increasingly diverse world of music.
More details, and ticket information can be found here:
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The GRAMMY Music Education Coalition is thrilled to have Music Unites join us in our movement to engage every American public school youth in music and music education every day! Thanks for making the Music Unites PS153 Harlem Choir available to perform with Disney-Pixar’s Coco’s voice of Miguel, Anthony Gonzales, at the Apollo Theater to kick-off GRAMMY Week.
On Wednesday September 13, Music Unites and XX Project teamed up with Soul Cycle Culver city to ride for a cause and bring music into schools in Compton.
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“If OK Go needs an opening act, the band members may want to consider the Juarez Guitar Club. OK Go performed its single “The One Moment” with more than a dozen teenage club members in a jam session Wednesday at Music Unites’ Benito Juarez Community Program. In between performances, the rock quartet discussed its late ’90s genesis in Chicago and the process of creating its elaborate music videos.” – Check out our full story in the Chicago Tribune, HERE!
Once the Musical is teaming up with the Irish Theatre Chicago and Chief O’Neill’s to raise funds for Music Unites. These funds will be used to develop an after-school shuttle service that will transport Chicago students to Old Town School of Folk Music for classes and lessons. Our goal for the benefit is to fund this program for one year.
Join us for a night of music and fun on Monday, June 1st for Irish jigs, original music, and more. If you can’t make the benefit, but would still like to be a part of our cause, please donate above. Funds raised from the event will be committed to the development of an after-school shuttle program in Chicago that can transport kids from schools with under-developed Arts programs to and from the Old Town School of Folk Music for free Music Unites classes!
If you can’t attend the event, you can still participate in the fundraiser by donating at http://www.gofundme.com/onceunites
The song-writing session will include a Q&A with music professionals and executives on how to write music and how to advance their careers. MU representatives will lead straight forward exercises to help them develop their creativity; and empower students to reach their full music potential. MU will partner with Director and Producer Martin Shore for a powerful workshop revolving around Shore’s latest production, Take Me To The River. Music Unites first collaborated with Shore at The Apollo, where MU Pepsi PS 153 Choir and Youth Choir performed in honor of the film. This Los Angeles community-wide educational initiative aims to empower youth through music by having students watch the film and participate in the musical experience through special performances and educational panels with renowned talent. This Music-Versity will jumpstart a music-educational tour that aims to raise funds for music programs, staff, instruments, equipment, and more through Music Unites. For more information on Music Unites and Take Me To The River, please click here.