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Music Unites Chicago x OK GO!

“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!

NAZTECH x MUSIC UNITES PARTNERSHIP 2016!

NAZTECH PARTNERS WITH MUSIC UNITES TO RAISE FUNDS FOR MUSIC EDUCATION

VALENCIA, CA – Leading consumer electronics brand Naztech has announced a partnership with music education non-profit organization Music Unites to raise funds for music education through the sale of the company’s popular i9BT Active Noise Cancelling Headphones. Music Unites collaborates with popular musicians, celebrity ambassadors and music sponsors to promote music education at schools and empower children through music. Music Unites’ mission is to raise academic and lifetime achievement among students through education partnerships such as free after-school music programs, workshops designed for career and college preparation and by providing audiences, venues and performance opportunities for aspiring artists.

“We are thrilled by Naztech’s support, which is going to help fund positions for music educators and new performance programs launching in five South Central Los Angeles elementary schools later this year,” said Michelle Edgar, Music Unites founder and CEO.

To support the organization, Naztech has placed thousands of insert cards into i9BT packages identifying Music Unites and directing consumers to raise funds for the organization through posting product reviews.

“Naztech is dedicated to helping everyone enjoy music so we are thrilled to support an organization dedicated to helping young people create music,” said David Nazar, CEO of Naztech. “In addition to raising funds, we look forward to supporting future Music Unites initiatives with products and sponsorships.” The i9BT Active Noise Cancelling Headphones feature state-of-the-art Bluetooth v4.1 with aptX® audio technology for connectivity, superior comfort and high-quality HD sound with a rechargeable battery, built-in controls for superior wireless sound that offers consumers HD audio quality indistinguishable from wired headphones. Naztech i9BT Headphones are available at www.naztech.com and www.amazon.com.

About Naztech
Naztech is a leading innovative consumer electronics products brand. Headquartered in Valencia, CA, Naztech is known for skillfully incorporating patented technologies, precision handcraftsmanship and ergonomic designs with the most advanced and highest quality materials in its products. Naztech is a member of Apple’s MFi licensing program and is certified in maintaining quality and design standards that match Apple’s. For more information, visit www.naztech.com or by email at pbylsma@hypercel.com.

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Once Benefit for Music Unites

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

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Take Me To The River, Music Unites and Compton Unified School District Host Event Empowering Inner-City Students Through Music

Director/Producer Martin Shore, Academy Award winner Frayser Boy, STAX Records legend William BellMusic Unites representatives and more, empowered students with songwriting workshops, presentations, and performances inspired by Shore’s award-winning film, Take Me To The River
May 12, 2015, Compton, Calif.   Award-winning feature film Take Me To The River, non-profit organization Music Unites, acclaimed artists Frayser Boy and William Bell, and the Compton Unified School District partnered to host a music-filled event to teach and inspire inner-city students through the power of music on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at Martin Luther King Elementary and the Compton High School Auditorium in Compton, California.
Revolving around director Martin Shore’s latest film, Take Me To The River, which celebrates the musical influence of Memphis in the face of pervasive discrimination and segregation, the event kicked off at the Martin Luther King Elementary School, where sixth-grade students participated in a songwriting workshop led by Music Unites’ Kirk Sells, STAX Records legend Martin Shore, William Bell and Academy Award winner Frayser Boy. Students embarked on an exciting “rap battle” and presented their creations to their classmates, teachers and music mentors. The songwriting session also included a Q&A on the guests’ experiences in the music industry. 
The event continued at the Compton High School Auditorium with special performances by 21 Martin Luther King Elementary School sixth- grade students, who performed “BaBa Blues,” “Bossa Nova” and “Cage Full O’Blues.” Thanks to the support of the district’s superintendent and board of trustees, the evening also featured a special screening of Take Me To The River for students, parents and teachers, and a Q&A session with Shore, Bell and Frayser Boy.
“Take Me to the River is a must-see experience that transcends and bridges generation gaps. As an educator, I was deeply moved by the juxtaposition of the struggle of STAX recording studio and the struggle experienced by those embroiled in the Civil Rights Movement. I was further stricken by the influence of the musicians/artists from the Memphis area and the history brought about by their experiences. Their imparting of that knowledge to contemporary artists and novices was truly philanthropic. Compton High School students, staff and administration loved this film!,” said Principal of Operations at Compton High School, Doi Johnson.
Music Unites first collaborated with Shore at The Apollo, where the Music Unites Pepsi PS 153 Choir and Youth Choir performed in honor of the film. This Los Angeles community-wide educational initiative is meant 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. 
“We are excited to have kicked off an exciting partnership with the Compton Unified School District and Martin Shore that will allow us to continue expanding and impacting more students across the community. Our Music Unites Pepsi PS 153 Choir had the privilege to perform at the Apollo launch event, and we wanted to continue collaborating and educating students about the film and importance of the power of music in their daily lives. We are fortunate to have so many artists and the district behind our mission and vision, and hope to take this across the country,” said Music Unites Founder,Michelle Edgar.
Take Me To The River is an award-winning feature film that celebrates the musical influence of Memphis in the face of pervasive discrimination and segregation. The film brings multiple generations of award-winning Memphis and Mississippi Delta musicians together, following them through the creative process of recording a historic new album, to re-imagine the utopia of racial, gender and generational collaboration of Memphis in its heyday. Shore partnered with Berklee College of Music to develop a curriculum based on his film, and in February 2015 kicked off the Take Me To The River Education Initiative at the world famous Apollo Theater, where the Music Unites Pepsi PS 153 Choir offered the world premiere arrangement of “Wish I Had Answered” by George Russell, Jr. and Renese King.
Music Unites is 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.
For more information, visit www.tmttreducation.com and www.musicunites.org.
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About Martin Shore Producer/Director Martin Shore began his entertainment career at 14 as a PA for his brother’s award-winning 1977 film Punking Out. As a musician, Shore has toured with Bo Diddley, Albert Collins, Bluesman Willie, and many others.  He has produced soundtracks and has acted as music supervisor for a number of feature films, including Saw, Saw IIRize, and Rock School, among others. He has been a music producer for a variety of artists, including Yo Gotti, Mavis Staples, Booker T. Jones, North Mississippi Allstars, and many others. As a Grammy-nominated producer, Shore has toured most recently with Cody Dickinson and his band Hill Country Revue. He is a voting member of the National Academy of Recording Sciences (Grammy Awards) and the Producers Guild of America. For more information, visit http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2005915/bio. 
About Take Me To The River Take Me to the River is a feature documentary celebrating the inter-generational and inter-racial musical influence of Memphis in the face of pervasive discrimination and segregation. The film brings multiple generations of award-winning Memphis and Mississippi Delta musicians together, following them through the creative process of recording a historic new album, to re-imagine the utopia of racial, gender and generational collaboration of Memphis in its heyday. Featuring Terrence Howard, William Bell, Snoop Dogg, Mavis Staples, Otis Clay, Lil P-Nut, Charlie Musselwhite, Bobby “Blue” Bland, Yo Gotti, Bobby Rush, Frayser Boy, The North Mississippi All-Stars and many more. This film is produced by: Martin Shore, Jerry Harrison, Cody Dickinson, Lawrence “Boo” Mitchell, and Dan Sameha. For more information, visit http://tmttr.com
About Music Unites Music Unites is 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. MU currently provides free afterschool music programs to youth through school-based partnerships, along with special monthly workshops “Music-Versities” designed in alignment with standards for career and college readiness. MU’s life-changing programs and events help educate and guide youth toward planning and achieving responsible goals for their future.  MU also leverages our student’s innate talents and elevates the next generation of performers by providing audiences, venues, and special performance opportunities, while at the same time enriching the listening experience of the public with performances from aspiring artists across a wide range of genres that exist in the increasingly diverse world of music.
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Martin Shore Music-Versity: Take Me To The River – May 5th, 2015

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.

Martin Shore and Berklee City Music Join Forces With ‘Take Me to the River’ Educational Initiative

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In honor of Black History Month last week at the Apollo, director and producer Martin Shore and legendary artists celebrated the launch of Take Me To The River Education Initiative in partnership with Berklee City Music to launch an educational mission to empower and educate students through the Memphis soul documentary, while bringing standards-based instruction materials centered around the film and its music to schools nationwide free of charge.

The education initiative developed together by Berklee City Music program, a nonprofit education program directed by Berklee College of Music that enables youth from underserved communities to develop and enhance their skills through the study of contemporary music.