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WARNER MUSIC GROUP AND NIKON TEAM WITH MUSIC UNITES FOR SPECIAL EVENT AT SXSW

6a5d99f6e6fce60bc9984fba294eeb2eNikon Inc. and Warner Music Group will partner with Music Unites—a non- profit organization that provides music education to students in under- served school districts—for a very special event to be held later this week at their upcoming residency at South by Southwest® Music & Media Conference (SXSW®) in Austin, Texas. “The Warner Sound Captured by Nikon” will present two days and three nights of stellar showcase performances at Austin’s famed La Zona Rosa, slated for March 13th through 15th. Music Unites will be giving five deserving students from Austin’s Lanier High School the opportunity to attend “The Warner Sound Captured by Nikon” on Wednesday, March 14th, where they will meet Warner Bros. recording artist – and Music Unites ambassador – Gary Clark Jr.  The students will each receive Nikon cameras and participate in a workshop with renowned rock photographer Robert Knight before getting an exclusive chance to photograph Clark and other live performances from “The Warner Sound Captured by Nikon.” Lanier High School, an inner-city school in the heart of Austin, is home to over 1500 students.  The five students chosen to attend “The Warner Sound Captured by Nikon” were selected based on their passion for music and photography.

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MUSIC UNITES AND PARK SLOPE ROCK SCHOOL PARTNER TO ROCK TO UNITE #DON’TSTOPTHEMUSIC

2441d332f03037c6ab7c4803b82799aaThe Park Slope Rock School offers students ages 8-16 the opportunity to practice, perform, write and record rock music in a positive, interactive and exciting environment, regardless of ability level. From the first day of class through the end of the semester, their students are making music as a band, learning the basics of playing and performing rock music in a collaborative setting. Their curriculum incorporates various elements of rock composition and performance, with lessons focusing on rhythm, chord progressions, improvisation, instrument technique, songwriting and stage presence.

In addition to learning how to play and perform classic rock songs, students at PSRS also have the opportunity to write their own original songs. Each semester, every band is expected to compose at least one original song as a band. Many of their bands hit the ground running and produce several amazing original songs by the end of the semester. PSRS has a relationship with Bunker Studios, a studio in NYC, and at the end of each semester, their bands hit the studio to learn about recording techniques and record their original music. With titles like “No Regrets”, “Global Warming” and “Moving On,” their students tackle some serious issues…they just might have the next Lennon or McCartney in our midst!

A portion of the songs sales will fund their next recording session, and the remainder will be donated to Music Unites to help fund music education programs throughout the country! Thank you to the Park Slope Rock School for wanting to partner with Music Unites for this initiative.

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MUSIC UNITES LAUNCHES THEIR FIRST INSTAGRAM ONLINE CAMPAIGN!

aa893284fb09a9251f1b8b9d5c7d799bStep 1: Follow us on Instagram (music_unites) and on Twitter @music_unites.

Step 2: Take a picture of something that explains what music means to you. Send it to michelle.golden@musicunites.org or post on our Music Unites Facebook wall. Be visual and creative!

*We’ll post each photo to our Instragram, Twitter and Facebook and the winner (the one who is the most creative!) will get to meet one of our artist ambassadors during March’s “Music in Schools” month!

Everyday Music Unites will post a picture as well. We get quite competitive!

Let’s make this BIG because music empowers, music inspires and MUSIC UNITES!

Deadline: March 1, 2012

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STUDENTS FROM WOMEN’S ACADEMY OF EXCELLENCE LOVE THEIR NEW GUITARS

8c7ea2100aa925652c42f833cd00a241Music Unites brings a free after-school guitar program to the Women’s Academy of Excellence in the Bronx. The program was successfully launched thanks to Rolling Stone Magazine and Music Unites Artist Ambassador Gary Clark Jr. In addition to the guitar program, in January Music Unites auditioned students from the Women’s Academy of Excellence for the school’s first ever Music Unites Youth Choir. Watch what one student has to say about the new after-school guitar program!

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Music Unites: WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO

466e5c117508c0547451ba96e7c305f6“I found out today I was accepted to the Clive Davis School of Recorded Music Music Mongols Program, it’s sort of like a pre-college program about music production and the music industry that really “encourages” future enrollment at the school. It feels like every time I step on stage or represent Music Unites, that I’m the luckiest girl not only to be able to grow from great mentors like you but to be in such a safe and inspirational environment to grow in as a musician and person. Basically a huge thank you to Music Unites because I don’t think I would have applied to the program if all the Career days and celebrities didn’t exist. They really touched me and now that I’m starting to make decisions for the rest of my life, like college and more, I just continue to realize the underlining fact that no matter where I go, there’s music and it really is uniting us all. It might sound corny coming from a little 16 year old, but honestly, I am the luckiest girl, so thank you for being here and putting your heart in something that really does impact so many. I can see this getting really big and really influential on culture. We’re in the middle of a renaissance! And it’s up to us to catalyze, I can feel it!” – Candace Camacho, Music Unites Youth Choir Member

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EIGHT MUSIC UNITES ON CAMPUS

b3a263abe7bbe16a515519c87dcd3ca3EIGHT MUSIC UNITES ON CAMPUS BRANCHES HAVE LAUNCHED NATIONWIDE

Music Unites welcomes Music Unites Emerson, Music Unites New York University, Music Unites Northwestern, Music Unites New School, Music Unites Penn State, Music Unites Harvard, Music Unites Columbia and Music Unites CSU Long Beach.

Music Unites Campus Reps bring the mission of Music Unites alive on campuses nationwide. Will you be the next Music Unites Campus Rep? E-mail campusreps@musicunites.org if you are interested in inspiring the next generation of musicians on your college campus today!

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THE FIRST EVER MUSIC UNITES YOUTH CHOIR AND AFTER-SCHOOL GUITAR PROGRAM LAUNCHES IN THE BRONX AT THE WOMEN’S ACADEMY OF EXCELLENCE

f4c6f3c521906558ee19d9ea31f62704Music Unites announces their first milestone achievement toward accomplishing their Five Borough Youth Choir Campaign Initiative to fund five Music Unites Youth Choir programs across NYC’s five boroughs with the January 2012 launch of their inaugural youth choir at The Women’s Academy of Excellence in the Bronx.

Auditions were held on January 7, 2012, with a total of 16 young ladies making the final cut for the Music Unites after-school programs.

The Official Music Unites Youth Choir and After-School Music Unites Guitar Program will be led by Rachel Fry and Shaheed Shabazz.

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UNRULY HEIR DEBUTS MUSIC UNITES X ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE CHARITY T SHIRT

dc1f21d703961c7ad4e595ff83fbc0f8Edgy against the grain lifestyle brand, Unruly Heir will be teaming up with Music Unites debut the official Music Unites’ t-shirt. The t-shirt is a 100 percent cotton v-neck, and went on sale for the first time at Music Unites’ and Rolling Stone’s In Tune showcase featuring Gary Clarke Jr., on Wednesday December 14th.

Shirts will be sold at all future Music Unites events and for those unable to attend events they will also be available here. The t-shirts will retail for $38 and ALL proceeds will go directly to Music Unites to continue their initiative of providing music education for underprivileged children in inner-city schools.

Unruly Heir Founder and Creative Director Joey Goodwin explains the collaboration, “Working with Music Unites and Michelle Edgar is a great opportunity to lend our creativity at Unruly Heir to something very special that Michelle and her Music Unites team are doing through spreading the joy of expression through music to a younger audience, who may not have the opportunity otherwise.”

Look for rockers, A&R, and the Music Unites Youth Choir to all be sporting the Unruly Heir x Music Unites x Rolling Stone shirt.

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GIVE THE GIFT OF MUSIC TODAY: DONATE TO MUSIC UNITES

2c277528f6f03e1f4540ec523ec5a617This holiday season give the gift of music to children in need. Music Unites is a 501 (c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to supporting emerging and established artists and bringing music education to students in underfunded inner-city school systems. This January, Music Unites will be launching their Five NYC Borough Music Unites Youth Choir Campaign. Donate $5 today to support this next initiative!