March Music-Versity with Kate Nash at Music Hall of Williamsburg

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Music Unites students meet with Kate Nash! The English singer, song-writer, and Music Unites ambassador Kate Nash provided MU students with behind-the-scenes access and a Q&A session before her NYC show at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. Kate discussed life on tour, how she prepares for live performance and her song-writing process.

Posted on March 28, 2013

Music Unites Partnering Up with Alchemy Club

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Music Unites at inaugural *COCKTAILS FOR CAUSES* to raise funds and awareness for five charitable organizations making a difference in New York and around the world

Alchemy Club is a private social club composed of young entrepreneurs and visionaries in sectors including finance, media, technology, and fashion.

Posted on March 26, 2013

MU x NYU Clive Davis: Music-Versity Educational Event

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Music Unites provides unique opportunities and programs to students who would like to pursue a future in music through a workshop series called Music-Versity. Together, with the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at NYU, Music Unites will be hosting a panel of legendary industry leaders, giving both NYU students and inner-city youth an insight into their future endeavors. The field trip will begin with a tour of the Clive Davis Institute, then a keynote introduction from Jeffrey Rabhan, the chair of NYU Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music. The event will then turn into an education panel moderated by Billboard's Bill Werde for NYU and Music Unites students.  

Posted on February 03, 2013

Music Unites x Swizz Beatz: Studio Session for MU and BXA Students

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On December 12th, 2012, Music Unites and Swizz Beatz held a workshop in the producer's studio, concentrating on aspects of the music industry and how he started in the business. In the studio, students were able to see the whole state-of-the-art facility. A Q&A with Swizz regarding his career also took place. Swizz's main message, which heavily stuck with Music Unites Student Ambassador Candace Lee Camacho, was that he is still a student and always will be a student. He says that he loves learning and loved that all of the students were in the studio because they were learning from him, but at the same time, he himself was learning from the students. 

After the Q&A, students observed as MU Student Ambassadors Candace Lee Camacho and Kyle Alfred recreated a studio session setting. Candace, Kyle and Swizz recorded an original song written by Candace and showed the students what recording was really like.

Posted on December 17, 2012

Music Unites YaNY Choir Performs At The Saks 5th Ave Window Preview

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On November 19th, the Music Unites YaNY Choir performed at the Saks 5th Ave window preview! 

Posted on November 21, 2012

Music Unites in LA: ICM Partners School Trip

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On November 14th, students from Centennial H.S. in Compton, CA / MU's Academy in LA visit the ICM Partners offices in a Q&A panel on talent agency responsibilities and resume writing!

Posted on November 21, 2012

Music Unites' First Guitar Workshop At WAE with Thibault Cauvin!

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Music Unites' first guitar workshop at the Women's Academy of Excellence was led by Thibault Cauvin. A very special thank you to the D’Addario Foundation, who has been instrumental in jump-starting the Music Unites Guitar Program, bringing free guitar instruction into schools!

Posted on October 19, 2012

World-Renowned Conductor Dino Zonic visits Centennial H.S. in Compton, CA

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On October 3rd, 2012, World-renowned composer, director and conductor Dino Zonic visited Centennial H.S. in Compton, CA for a special assembly and educational discussion on music and careers in music by sharing his life story and playing music for the students. The students of Centennial were engaged and learned so much from Dino at this special workshop! They can hardly wait for his return to their school!

Posted on October 05, 2012

Music Unites x Warner Bros. Records "Be Your Own Muse" Initiative

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Music Unites together with Warner Bros. Records kicked off the “Be Your Own Music,” an educational workshop that focused on educating young girls from Compton middle and high schools about the careers behind the music business. The panel included a Q&A session with some of the most influential women in the industry along with a songwriting workshop to follow at the House Of Rock studio with Warner Bros. Records recording artist and singer-songwriter Helena, and Music Unites Student Ambassador, Candace Lee Camacho.

Posted on September 18, 2012

Music Unites "BE YOUR OWN MUSE" Panel and Workshop in LA at The House Of Rock!

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As part of Music Unites’“Empowering Women Through Music” initiative in Los Angeles, Music Unites together with Warner Bros Records will kick off "Be Your Own Muse," an educational workshop to take place on September 15 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.This workshop focuses on educating young girls from Compton middle and high schools about the careers behind the music business. The panel will include a Q&A session with some of the most influential women in the industry along with a songwriting workshop to follow at the BlueMic studio with Warner Bros Records recording artist and singer-songwriter Helena, and Music Unites standout student, Candace Lee Camacho. “Be The Muse” panelists will include: Shira Lazar (Co-Founder, What's Trending), Helena (Warner Bros Records recording artist), Caroline Yim (Music Agent, ICM Partners) Julie Pilat (98.7, Assistant PD / Music Director KIIS Los Angeles), Kelly Watson (VP Sales & Strategic Partnerships at Spin Media) and Michelle Jubelirer (Partner at King, Holmes, Paterno & Berliner).

Posted on September 10, 2012

Music Unites at the House Of Rock 2012 Grand Opening!

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Music Unites announces the role of House of Rock LLC's featured charity beneficiary for House of Rock’s VIP Opening Party on Saturday, September 15, 2012. 

Each year House of Rock LLC brings to life a $20 million historic estate and transforms it into an unparalleled exclusive media event and live music venue that becomes a larger than life virtual pop culture experience.  

This event will celebrate the launch of Music Unites’ inaugural philanthropic initiatives in Los Angeles and will be hosted by event Co-Chairs: Mike Albanese (Publisher of Spin Magazine), Randy Spendlove (President of Paramount Music), Steve Levine (Partner, ICM Partners) and Jed Selkowitz (Vice President of Strategic Marketing at XIX Entertainment). 

Music Unites will also present a performance by celebrity ambassador, English singer-songwriter Lianne La Havas, whose widely praised Nonesuch Records debut album recently charted at #1 on Billboard's Heatseekers Album Chart.

Posted on August 28, 2012

Music Unites Recieves A Grant From The BMI Foundation, Inc.

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Music Unites has just recieved a grant from the BMI Foundation, Inc. to further advance our goals in empowering and uniting communities and students through music! They are most impressed with the quality of our work and with our dedication! We can't wait to update you with more great news while continuing to connect people through the universality of music!

Posted on July 03, 2012

Music Unites and LACOSTE L!VE's "Unlock The Croc"

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LACOSTE L!VE, the younger-minded, fashion conscious crocodile, will invite customers to “Unlock the Croc” this Saturday at its Broadway boutique for a chance to win tickets to the upcoming LACOSTE L!VE Concert Series at Williamsburg Park.

Street teams will distribute key chains in Soho and Washington Square Park in the early afternoon, and recipients can return to the store later in the day to try their luck at unlocking one of several mystery prize boxes. One grand prize winner will receive 2 series-long VIP concert tickets and a $1,000 LACOSTE shopping experience. Four additional winners will receive 2 General Admission concert tickets to a show of their choice and a $100 LACOSTE shopping experience.

Penguin Prison (Downtown Records) will be on hand to spin tunes during the in-store giveaway from 2PM to 4PM. Click HERE for an exclusive download of their new Fair Warning Remix EP, presented by LACOSTE L!VE.

Ten percent of all sales from the day will benefit Music Unites, the non-profit organization dedicated to bringing music education to underprivileged children in underfunded inner city school systems.

Posted on June 28, 2012

Mick Fleetwood Supports Music Unites at 'Rhythm Of A Rose' Art Exhibit

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Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac, signed a painting at the 'Rhythm Of A Rose' exhibit at The Mouche Gallery in Los Angeles to benefit Music Unites. The Mouche Gallery features a collection of Fire Art from some of the World's most celebrated Artists in Music, Film and Sports. Their goal is to share the extraordinary talent, vision, leadership and philanthropy of artists.

Ten percent of all proceeds went to Music Unites to support music education. Music Unites thanks Mick for all his support!

Posted on June 22, 2012

"Rhythm of A Rose" Art Exhibit with Mick Fleetwood Benefits Music Unites

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On June 18, 2012, from 6-8PM in Beverly Hills, California, the Mouche Gallery spotlights legendary artist, Mick Fleetwood, and invites you to take a closer look of the beauty surrounding us, making the overlooked visible, giving breath to the life of a rose with the "Rhythm of a Rose" Art Exhibition. As the drummer and co-founder of the iconic band Fleetwood Mac, he has sold over 100 million records worldwide and is an inductee of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Mick has traveled the world observing our planet from a very unique point of view.  "The world of nature is something I have always been passionate about and it has been a huge inspiration for my photographs. The camera lens is like a magic window that transports me into a secret world. In that world I observe shapes and details that I might not generally see even though the subjects are right before my eyes. I am fascinated by the intricate structure and design found in nature, and through my photography I hope to unveil this invisible world that sometimes goes unnoticed."  -Mick Fleetwood.

Ten percent of proceeds of the event will be donated to Music Unites. “Supporting music education is key especially now with the influx of recent budget cuts. We feel honored to be part of this special gallery celebrating the rich experience of uniting music and art created by one of the most iconic musicians of all time, Mick Fleetwood,” says Michelle Edgar, founder of Music Unites.

Posted on June 19, 2012

Women's Academy of Excellence Music Unites Youth Choir Performs at Bronx Zoo With Nat & Alex

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Music Unites, the non-profit organization dedicated to sustaining funds for music education programs in underdeveloped New York City school districts, celebrates its third anniversary by presenting a special program as part of Animal Tales Extravaganza at WCS’s Bronx Zoo.  This momentous event will take place on Saturday, June 2 at The Bronx Zoo and features a debut performance by the Music Unites youth choir from The Women’s Academy of Excellence in The Bronx, as well as a headline performance from celebrity recording artists Nat & Alex Wolff, followed by a meet & greet at the zoo’s Dancing Crane Pavilion.

Each weekend of the Bronx Zoo’s Animal Tales Extravaganza includes an array of activities for families and children. The zoo’s Dancing Crane Pavilion will be transformed into an intimate story time corner, presented by Plum Organics. Zoo-goers can take a break and read from a wide variety of animal-themed books from Simon & Schuster, Candlewick Press, and Hyperion. Children can then stage their own animal tale with a puppet they create at the Bright Horizons Early Education & Preschools crafts area.

The main stage has something for everyone throughout the spring season, and is pleased to team up with Music Unites on June 2 to present a very special debut performance by the charity’s youth choir from the Women’s Academy of Excellence along with headliners and celebrity ambassadors Nat & Alex Wolff. 

Posted on June 02, 2012

Music Unites, BMI & Viacom @ Viacommunity Day 2012

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On April 20, 2012, Viacom as part of Viacommunity Day, took part in a songwriting workshop at W.C. Bryant High School in Queens for Music Unites and BMI. The workshop was designed to foster the creativity of adolescence through the medium of songwriting.

Posted on April 23, 2012

Empower, Inspire & Unite The Next Generation @ Viacommunity Day

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Viacommunity day is Viacom's Social Service day where employees partake in volunteer efforts in a variety of agencies around the city. This year, employees of Viacom will participate in a songwriting workshop hosted by Music Unites and BMI at the WC Bryant School in Queens. This workshop is designed to foster the creativity of adolescence through the medium of songwriting. Music Unites is looking for talented songwriters to contribute their skill to this special workshop. Here is how it works! 1-2 songwriters will be paired with 5 Viacom employees and a classroom of 20 high school kids. The goal of the 3 hour session will be to write a song all together. There will be up to 5 groups working on songs. The day will culminate with a casual performance of songs written by each group. This is an opportunity to educate kids about the process of songwriting, provide an emotional outlet through which to express themselves and promote a team building effort amongst peers.

This event will run from 9am to 1pm on Friday April 20th. We would like songwriters to bring in their guitars, computers or what ever it is your writing instrument is. Contact deena.goodman@musicunites.org to get involved.

Posted on April 17, 2012

Pearls of Wisdom Philanthropy Award Given To Michelle Edgar

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Pearls of Wisdom" have been passed down to the young women of The WAE by parents and staff members. Together as a strand of "pearls," student-scholars are able to remember the valeus and principles instilled in them as they move from grade to grade and on to college. Seven honorees including Michelle Edgar, were given the philanthropy award were selected based on pride, excellence, ambition, responsiblity, leadership and sisterhood. Our Music Unites Youth Choir of The Women's Academy of Excellence also made their debut performance in front of the packed room singing One Republic's "Good Life.". To end the evening, Student, Chidi Nnjai Blessing was the scholarship recipient to go to college awarded by principal Dr. Arnette Crocker

Posted on March 29, 2012

Nikon Inc and Warner Music Group Partner With Music Unites at this Year's SXSW for "The Warner Sound Captured by Nikon"

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Nikon Inc. and Warner Music Group partnered with Music Unites for a very special event held at South by Southwest® Music & Media Conference (SXSW®) in Austin, Texas. “The Warner Sound Captured by Nikon” presented two days and three nights, between March 13-15, of stellar showcase performances at Austin’s famed La Zona Rosa.

Music Unites gave five deserving students from Austin’s Lanier High School the opportunity to attend “The Warner Sound Captured by Nikon” on Wednesday, March 14th, where met Warner Bros. recording artist – and Music Unites ambassador – Gary Clark Jr. The students received Nikon cameras and participated 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.”

Posted on March 15, 2012

The yaNY Music Unites Youth Choir Performs at Michael Dorf's Music Of The Rolling Stones at Carnegie Hall

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On March 13, 2012, Michael Dorf's annual concert at Carnegie Hall this year honoring the Rolling Stones benefited music education programs in underprivileged districts. Rosanne Cash, Steve Earle, the Carolina Chocolate Drops and others performed 21 tracks from the Rolling Stones class collection "Hot Rocks 1964-1971 on the 40th anniversary of its release. The proceeds went to support nonprofit organizations that provide music classes to impoverished youths, among them the Church Street School of Music, Young Audiences, Music Unites and the Pinwheel Project. The Young Audiences New York Music Unites Youth Choir performed alongside TV On The Radio. 

Posted on March 13, 2012

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

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Nikon 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.

Posted on March 12, 2012

Meiko Visits Music Unites Emerson For Music In Schools Month

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On Tuesday, March 13, Meiko, an American singer-songwriter born and raised in Georgia, will make her way to Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts to speak with the WERS radio station about the importance of music education and why an organization like Music Unites is so essential. Later that evening, Meiko will be performing at TT The Bear's Place on 10 Brookline Street in Cambridge, MA. Tickets are $8 and she will be performing songs from her new album, The Bright Side, available in stores May 15.

Posted on March 13, 2012

Music Unites and Park Slope Rock School Partner to ROCK TO UNITE #don'tstopthemusic

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The 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. 

Posted on February 23, 2012

Music Unites Launches Their First Instagram Online Campaign!

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Step 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

Posted on February 08, 2012

Students from Women's Academy of Excellence Love their new guitars!

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Music 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!

Posted on February 06, 2012

Welcome Music Unites Hunter College and Music Unites Boston University!

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Music Unites Hunter College (run by Music Unites Campus Reps Kevin Wang and Renee Hikari) and Music Unites Boston University (run by Music Unites Campus Rep Dina Ginzberg) officially launched today. Interested in becoming a Music Unites Campus Rep? E-mail campusreps@musicunites.org today!

Posted on February 06, 2012

Why we do what we do

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"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

Posted on January 13, 2012

Eight Music Unites on Campus Branches Have Launched Nationwide!

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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!

Posted on January 13, 2012

The First Ever Music Unites Youth Choir and After-School Guitar Program Launches in the Bronx at the Women's Academy of Excellence

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Music 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.

Posted on January 07, 2012

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

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Edgy 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.

Posted on January 06, 2012

New York FAME Benefits Music Unites

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Benefiting Music Unites, The New York FAME will hold a charity event on February 15, 2012 at the Manhattan Center Studios, home of the Hammerstein and the Grand in New York City. Featuring establish and emerging fashion designers and performers from around the world. Music Unites, a non-profit organization, partners with established and emerging artists to present concerts which raise awareness and funding for music programs in inner city schools. Music Unites also brings these artists into the schools and communities served by the organization to teach and inspire through the power of music.

This past September, The New York FAME left its mark during NY Fashion Week, as the marquee event to attend. From it's celebrity attendees such as Legendary Natalie Cole, Chyna Lyane from the award winning Oscar movie Precious, R&B performer Trina, Pamela Long from Bad Boy Records, and special performance by Nuttin But Stringz from Americas Got Talent.

Posted on January 01, 2012

Give the Gift of Music Today: Donate to Music Unites

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This 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!

Posted on December 17, 2011

Join the Music Unites on Campus Representative Program

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Become a part of the action! The Music Unites on Campus Representative Program is relaunching for January 2012. Music Unites Campus Reps bring the mission of Music Unites to college campuses nationwide. Students are required to organize two events per semester and meet with their Music Unites branch on a weekly/bi-weekly basis. MU Campus Reps are required to reach out to their college campus via Facebook and other social networking sites to spread the word about the Music Unites organization, initiatives, and programs.

Want to get involved on campus? Love music and empowering others?

Send in your resume to Michelle Golden campusreps@musicunites.org today!

Posted on December 16, 2011

The YaNY Music Unites Youth Choir Performs at The Roots Holiday Show

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The yaNY Music Unites Youth Choir performed at The Roots Holiday Show for the 5th Annual Okayplayer Holiday Jam on Thursday, December 15 at Brooklyn Bowl. They performed the following songs: "All I Want for Christmas," "Just The Way You Are," and "Hey, Soul Sister."

Posted on December 15, 2011

Gary Clark Jr. Performs at Music Unites and Rolling Stone In Tune Event to support Five NYC borough initiative

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On Wednesday, December 14, Music Unites and Rolling Stone Magazine presented the next installment of their ongoing In Tune series, featuring Warner Bros. recording artist Gary Clark Jr. The concert was part of Rolling Stone’s Rolling Stone Fest, a new pop-up and event series at New York City’s Openhouse Gallery located at 201 Mulberry Street in SoHo. This special evening was in support and celebration of Music Unites’ announcement of its first milestone achievement toward accomplishing its “Five Borough Initiative” to fund five Music Unites Youth Choir programs across NYC's five boroughs with the January 2012 launch of its inaugural youth choir at The Women’s Academy of Excellence in the Bronx. The featured performance of the night showcased Austin native and visionary singer-guitarist Gary Clark Jr., whose critically acclaimed major-label debut EP Bright Lights was released in August and received four-star review from Rolling Stone.

Posted on December 14, 2011

Music Unites Introduces MUYC Ambassador Jon Batiste at SOHO House

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On Thursday, December 8, 2011, Music Unites welcomed Music Unites Youth Choir Artist Ambassador and jazz musician Jon Batiste. Batiste will start a Music Unites Youth Choir at a school in Harlem as part of Music Unites' Five NYC Borough Music Unites Youth Choir Campaign. The campaign launches in January 2012. One school in each of the five NYC boroughs will be selected to be a part of this amazing Music Unites initiative. Students who have never been exposed to music will now have the opportunity to perform in a choir and work with a well-known artist who is dedicated to inspiring the next generation of musicians.

Posted on December 08, 2011

The YANY Music Unites Youth Choir Performs at Rolling Stone Fest 2011

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On Tuesday, December 6, 2011, the yaNY Music Unites Youth Choir did a holiday performance following American rock bands Dawes and Hacienda at the Rolling Stone Fest 2011!

Posted on December 06, 2011

Music Unites and Rolling Stone Present: Gary Clark Jr

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Music Unites and Rolling Stone are coming together once again on December 14th, 2011, for a private performance to benefit the Music Unites Youth Choir! The event will be held at 20 Mulberry Street at 7:00PM featuring a performance by Gary Clark Jr. plus special guest DJ Luber. Tickets can be purchased for $50.

Posted on December 14, 2011

Music Unites Youth Choir Will Perform At Rolling Stone Fest 2011

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On Tuesday, December 6, 2011, Rolling Stone invites you to a series of special live performances at this year's Rolling Stone Fest. The event will take place on 201 Mulberry Street, between Spring and Kenmare Streets, in New York. The Dawes will be performing at 1PM (rsvp to dawes@rollingstone.com); Hacienda at 3PM (rsvp to hacienda@rollingstone.com); a special holiday performance by The Music Unites Youth Choir at 6PM (rsvp to rsvp@musicunites.org). Entry is on a first come, first served basis. RSVP does not guarantee entry.

Posted on December 06, 2011

Help Music Unites Ambassador Jonathan Batiste Raise Money for MUYC in Harlem

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On December 8, 2011 at 10PM at SoHo House in New York, you're invited to an intimate concert with jazz musician Jonathan Batiste to help raise money for his selected after-school Music Unites Youth Choir in Harlem. Music Unites will celebrate Batiste's Music Unites ambassadorship and his dream to expose all kids to the wonderful world of music. Tickets are $50 in order to attend and all proceeds will go towards funding Batiste's Music Unites Youth Choir.

Posted on December 08, 2011

MUyaNY Music Unites Choir Career Day

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Industry music leaders from BMI, Live Nation, Shorefire PR, and the National Jazz Museum visited the MUyaNY Music Unites Choir to speak to the students about their careers in music. It was an inspiring and educational day as the panel gave career advice and spoke about their journey to where they are today. Thank you to Jonathan Batiste (National Jazz Museum music curator and co director/ Jazz musician), Rebecca Shapiro (Founder/ VP, Shorefire PR), Lisa Luego (Live Nation Senior Director, Marketing Solutions), and Samantha Cox (Senior Director, Writer/Publisher Relations BMI).

Posted on November 17, 2011

BERKLEE CITY MUSIC NETWORK CONFERENCE 2011

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The Berklee City Music Network is proud to announce their first annual network conference. It will be coupled with the National Guild for Community Arts Education Conference, which will be held from November 9-12, 2011 in Boston, MA. The Berklee City Music Network Conference will give participants the opportunity to explore themes directly related to providing access to a quality and diverse music education for students as well as to deepen one's understanding on how to make the most out of the Berklee City Music Network. Additionally, the conference will cover topics directly related to creating access to the state of the art music education for students in under-served communities across the country. The conference will highlight expert speakers in the field of music education. Michelle Edgar, Founder and Executive Director of Music Unites, will be one of the speakers at the Berklee City Music Network Conference.

Posted on November 08, 2011

Roger Vivier and Music Unites celebrate Roger Vivier’s glam rock ‘n’ roll inspired Fall/Winter Collection

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On October 25, Roger Vivier and Music Unites joined forces to celebrate Roger Vivier’s glam rock ‘n roll inspired Fall / Winter collection to benefit the January launch of Music Unites Youth Choir at the Women's Academy of Excellence in the Bronx. This was an intimate high profile gathering of celebrities, fashion designers, musicians, and New York socialites. Notable attendees included: Leighton Meester, Bruno Frisoni (Creative Director of Roger Vivier), Alexandra Richards, and Annabelle Dexter Jones. Partygoers sipped on champagne cocktails, grooved to beats provided by Alexandra Richards behind the turntables, and toasted to yet another milestone collision of the music and fashion worlds in a powerful effort to raise awareness for the importance of music education in under-funded city school systems.

Posted on October 25, 2011

The 2011-2012 yaNY Music Unites Choir

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The yaNY Music Unites Youth Choir, a program of Young Audiences New York, is a diverse and exciting performance ensemble made up of public high school students from across New York City. The mission of the choir is to provide free, professional level vocal music training and performance opportunities for students of all abilities and experience from NYC public high schools. Advancing music learning for young people of all levels of experience, students study and perform songs in all musical styles including R&B, Pop and Classical. Additionally, the choir promotes self-expression and creativity by working together to develop original work. Participants meet once a week during the academic year, prepare for winter and spring concerts and perform for the public at professional venues around New York City.

The yaNY Music Unites Youth Choir is made possible through the generous support of Music Unites and The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation.

The 2011-2012 Music Unites yaNY Youth Choir:

Antonio (TJ) Adorna, Kyle Alfred, Taylor Bailey, O’Reggio Bennett, Nathan Bergelson, Dylan Blau Edelstein, Anna Bores, Katherine Brochero, Elizabeth Cardero, Natalia Carrero, Jonathan Chance, Linda Collazo, Dannyele Crawford, Avion Cummings, Lauren Curet, Bridgette de Jesus, Edgardo Diaz Acevedo, Sabiha Farheen, Katrina Fasulo, Elijah Figuera, Monique Fisher, Zipporah Gatling, Alexis Hart, Ali Herlands, Carina Kahane, Tia LaBarbera, Kristina Lagasca, Candace Lee Camacho, Kyla Long, Wing Luck Chin, Madison Marino, Joseph Marshel, Kira Maxim, Alfred Mendez, Talila Meredith, Isabella Morales, Emma Morcroft, Klaudia Morelowska, Liz Nunez, Malek O’Galdez, Traiquan Payne, Eva Pena, Lovely Philema, Christian Quiles, Jasmine Ritter, Gabrielle Rivera, Amanda Santamaria, Kelson Saul, Emma Schlagcheck, TJ Simanetti, Zephra Soto, Justine Thompson, Demelina Valonzo, Casey White, Peace Yigon, Bryanna Young

Posted on October 19, 2011

Music Unites Speaks at The Influencer Conference

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On October 7, 2011, Michelle Edgar, along with Music Unites Artist Caitlin Moe and Music Unites Youth Choir participant Candace Lee Camacho, shared their stories at The Influencer Conference about how music empowers, inspires, and unites. The InfluencerCon, gathers taste makers and influences who seek to identify, understand and support influencer culture globally. The goal is to continue to be at the forefront of the conversation about the influencer ecosystem and its importance to mainstream media and business. "Today was very much beyond amazing. This music is so good to me, and it is because of this gorgeous foundation I'm getting from Music Unites, the brilliant Michelle Edgar and her dedicated team. This family is the best to have with a movement that is forever growing and changing; our music is forever growing and changing, but it is also forever uniting," said Candace.

Posted on October 07, 2011

Music Unites Receives Grant From D'Addario Music Foundation

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The D’Addario Music Foundation is proud to provide a cash and product award in support of the Music Unites After-School Guitar Program at the Women’s Academy of Excellence. In keeping with the D’Addario Music Foundation mission, with the launching of this program Music Unites is committed to providing students an opportunity to be exposed to the guitar and all of the benefits and joy of learning to play an instrument.

Posted on October 04, 2011

DPS PlugIn's and Music Unites

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Music Unites has entered into a groundbreaking fundraising venture with Bongiovi Acoustics, developers of the patented Digital Power Station™ (DPS) audio enhancement technology. Music Unites will enable users worldwide to purchase the DPS Plug-In at a $5 discount ($29.99 reg. price) while Bongiovi Acoustics donates $2 for a single DPS Plug-In download to the charity. 100% of the donation goes directly to Music Unites. The DPS Plug-In, available for both Windows and Mac, can be sampled for free and purchased via secure transaction at dsplugin.com. “We are extremely excited to be part of this project. This innovative program enables Music Unites to expand our fundraising efforts to a global scale with virtually no administrative headaches and 100% goes directly to the charity," says Music Unites founder, Michelle Edgar.

Posted on September 30, 2011

Pledge Music and Fishbone Campaign!

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FISHBONE, with their frenzied, upbeat music and frantic, euphorically entertaining stage show, will be releasing their highly anticipated new EP, "Crazy Glue" (DC-Jam Records) on October 11, 2011, along with their monumental documentary, “Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone” on October 7, 2011. "Crazy Glue" will be available for purchase online everywhere and select stores nationwide. Pre-sale bundles, with never-before-released merchandise, will be available exclusively at PledgeMusic.com starting September 9, 2011 for limited time only and a portion of proceeds will go directly to Music Unites.

Posted on September 20, 2011

Kidzapalooza

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Five lucky students who competed in the VH1 Save the Music and Music Unites essay contest, "Kidz Love Music", had the opportunity to enjoy the festivities of Kidzapalooza this year all thanks to a very generous donation from Tor Hyams, producer and co-founder of Kidzaplaooza.

"It's important to empower the next generation by providing opportunities to students who traditionally would not be exposed to music. We felt it was important to give back to the Chicago community and were very excited to support both Music Unites and VH1 Save the Music as we share their collective passion to help save music education in public schools," says Tor Hyams, producer and co-founder of Kidzapalooza.

Artists and celebrities also stopped in backstage to sign the Music Unites rubber duck which will be auctioned off at our Postelles & Surf Lodge benefit event with all proceeds going toward Music Unites mission to save and sustain music education!

Posted on August 17, 2011

Do You Wanna Be a Rock & Roll Star?

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On August 3, Rolling Stone's ‘Do You Wanna Be a Rock & Roll Star?’ finalist, The Sheepdogs together with music industry luminaries, VIPs and media, gathered at the Empire Hotel Rooftop in New York to celebrate the unveiling of the cover and raise funds for Music Unites.


Rolling Stone’s ‘Do You Wanna Be a Rock & Roll Star?’ contest began with 16 unsigned acts competing for the most coveted prize in music: the cover of Rolling Stone. After four rounds of public voting, the two finalists battled it out on stage last month at the Bonnaroo Music Festival in Manchester, TN. The ultimate winner, in addition to being the first unsigned act to ever appear on the cover, will also receive a recording contract with Atlantic Records.


The Sheepdogs were joined by the Editors of Rolling Stone and Music Unites founder and Executive Director Michelle Edgar at the cover reveal party. Additional music was provided by DJ Paul Sevigny.

Posted on August 03, 2011

Music Unites, The National Jazz Museum, and the World Wide Workshop want YOU to help create a video game!

The National Jazz Museum in Harlem is teaming up with the World Wide Workshop to create an innovative VIDEO GAME! We are looking for 6 special young people between the ages of 13-19 who we'll select and appoint as our official game designers.

NO PRIOR EXPERIENCE NECESSARY!

This team of 6 prospective candidates must have the facility to present strong ideas, yet create and incorporate the ideas of the team as a whole. An emphasis is placed on the candidate's ability to use JAZZ music, innovation, and a compelling video game objective to efficiently create a product that will attract both young people and adults alike. Prospective candidates should have the facility to adopt World Wide Workshop and the National Museum of Harlem's existing visual identity. No previous experience necessary. Only requirement: captivating, original ideas.

The programming will take place for 3 weeks from July 6 - July 27 (Mon-Fri only) at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem office. In the afternoons the 6 game designers will collaborate on creating this new game. The experience will be interactive, including live performances, masterclasses, and trips to many exciting and historic NYC jazz locations.

The host for the entire summer workshop is rising star pianist Jonathan Batiste and his band. Each day he will have something unique to offer, never boring, and allowing the 6 game designers to truly immerse themselves in this music we call JAZZ!

TO ENTER: Send us an email at info@musicunites.org telling us why we should choose you! Be creative and good luck! 

Posted on June 22, 2011

VH1 Save the Music and Music Unites Kidz Love Music Essay Contest!

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VH1 Save the Music and Music Unites have partnered to present the “Kidz Love Music” Essay Contest!

VH1 Save the Music is a non-profit organization dedicated to restoring instrumental music education in America’s public schools, and raising awareness about the importance of music as part of each child’s complete education.

Music Unites is a non-for-profit association dedicated to funding and sustaining music education programs in under-served school districts throughout the country.

♫ 5 Lucky Students will win tickets to Kidzapalooza!

♫ Each winning participant will win one Kidzapalooza ticket along with a ticket for a supervising parent or guardian.

♫ The contest is open to all elementary school students in the Chicagoland area. Winners will receive a free ticket to “Kidzapalooza” on August 5-7, 2011 in Grant Park Chicago.

♫ Submission rules are simple: The kids must submit answers to several questions about why they love music to Kidzapalooza@musicunites.org!

♫ Kidzapalooza is THE concert event of the Summer for rock friendly families. From getting temporary tatz, a punk rock hair do, jamming out rock band style, learning a new riff and even throwing down a hip hop rhyme, Kidz will party down with their parents for an amazing interactive 3 day music experience!

The deadline for submissions is July 1, 2011. E-mailed submissions will not be accepted after this date.

Here’s What We Want to Know:

  1. Tell us why you love music!

  2. Describe why you think it’s important to have music in school?

  3. What does music mean to you?

  4. What’s your favorite kind of music and why?

  5. If you could meet any musician, who would it be and why?

ENTRANT DETAILS

Entrant’s Name: _________________________________________ Gender: M/F

School/Grade: _____________________________________________

Entrant Signature:___________________________________________ Date:______________________

Parent or Guardian (print name and sign):_____________________________________________

Eligibility. You are eligible to enter the VH1 Save the Music and Music Unites Contest if you are between grades 1st and 8th and live in the Chicago area.

Prize. 5 winners will be selected to attend Kidzapalooza. Individual winners will be announced on July 25, 2011. Participants must be accompanied by an adult. One ticket will be provided to an adult/guardian.

Judging. A panel of members from VH1 Save the Music and Music Unites will complete judging without any outside influence.

Entry Deadline. Entries must be submitted by July 1, 2011. Entries e-mailed after July 1, 2011 will NOT be accepted.

Publication. The winning entry in the Kidz Love Music Essay Contest may be published on vh1savethemusic.orgor musicunites.org. By submitting an entry in this contest, each entrant gives both organizations all rights, including express permission to publish the entry in all media without limitation, notice or compensation.

For more information about the contest, email Kidzapalooza@musicunites.org

Posted on June 09, 2011

Governors Ball Music Festival To Take Place Saturday, June 18, 2011

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Music Unites is the official charity to receive portions of proceeds from tickets purchased for The Governors Ball Music Festival. The Governors Ball Music Festival will take place on Saturday, June 18, 2011 at Governors Island, NYC. Girl Talk, Pretty Lights, Empire of the Sun, Big Boi of Outkast, Neon Indian, People Under the Stairs, Passion Pit, Mac Miller, Miami Horror, Outasight, and Reptar will all be performing. With two stages and no overlapping sets, the Governors Ball will feature 12 hours of non-stop music, allowing all attendees to see each and every artist performance on the festival bill. Complimenting the music will be comedians who will MC both stages, games & activities, good food and drinks, and interactive art installations.

Posted on May 05, 2011

Music Unites Youth Choir Performs at Quincy Jones Tribute at Tribeca Films Institute

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On April 28, Grammy Award-winning producer, arranger, and composer, Quincy Jones, was honored at the Tribeca Film Institute. Mr. Jones has been an inspiration to the children who benefit from programs like Berklee City Music and Music Unites. The students from the Music Unites Youth Choir, Berklee City Music ensemble, and the Harbor Conservatory for the Performing Arts, Boys and Girls Harbor, Inc. performed a musical tribute for Mr. Jones.

Posted on April 28, 2011

Music Unites and Berklee City Music Students Honor Legendary Musician Quincy Jones

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On Thursday, April 28, 2011, at the Tribeca Film Institute (88th 9th Ave, NY, New York), Music Unites and Berklee City Music Students will honor legendary musician Quincy Jones with a musical tribute including a performance that will commence at 9:45 pm with Curtis introducing Quincy Jones as the Ambassador for Berklee City Music. The students from the Music Unites Youth Choir, Berklee City Music ensemble and the Harbor Conservatory for the Performing Arts, Boys and Girls Harbor, Inc. will perform the Lioness Hunt from The Lion King" on Broadway.

Quincy Jones, a Grammy Award-winning producer, arranger, composer, and Berklee alumnus, has served as a Berklee City Music Ambassador and championed the organization's cause to bring music education to children in under-served communities. Mr. Jones cited Berklee City Music as a model for youth music programs. He has been an inspiration to the children who benefit from programs like Berklee City Music and Music Unites and now they would like to show their appreciation with a musical tribute.

Posted on April 28, 2011

The Pretty Reckless Rocked Out at Music Unites and Rolling Stone's Second InTune Show

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The Pretty Reckless, featuring previous Gossip Girl Taylor Momsen, dropped their album "Light Me Up" in the U.S. on April 13, and in conjunction with this, performed at the second private performance of the Music Unites and Rolling Stone InTune series to support Music Unites' music education programming in inner-city schools. Special Guest DJ Gabe Saporta from Cobra Starship kept the beats going all night until The Pretty Reckless performed later. The event was a sold-out show and was sponsored by Rolling Stone magazine, Garnier Fructis, and Dominion NYC. A special thanks to everyone who came out to celebrate our second year anniversary!

Posted on April 13, 2011

Music Unites and Rolling Stone Present: InTune with The Pretty Reckless and Gabe Saporta of Cobra Starship

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Music Unites is excited to mark its second year inspiring the next generation of musicians and music professionals. On April 13, 2011 from 7-10PM with a benefit event at Dominion NY at 428 Lafayette Street in New York City, Music Unites will celebrate its second birthday and kick-off of the second year of its InTune music series in partnership with Rolling Stone. The event is sponsored by Garnier Fructis and The Pretty Reckless and Gabe Saporta of Cobra Starship will set the soundtrack for the evening!

The Pretty Reckless is the breaking band slated to rock it out for education on April 13! The Interscope group headed by Gossip Girl's Taylor Momsen, will have just ended a tour promoting their first album Light Me Up, which debuted on the UK's rock chart at number one, spending six consecutive weeks at the top of the chart, and drops in the U.S. April 12, 2011.

Posted on April 04, 2011

Playboy Rock The Rabbit Supports Music Unites

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For the fifth consecutive year, Playboy’s ROCK THE RABBIT program blends rock, hip-hop, and electronic musicians with art and fashion in conjunction with the magazine’s April Music issue (which made it online and on newsstands Friday, March 18). Many of this year’s ROCK THE RABBIT bands and artists have put their own creative twists on the iconic Rabbit Head logo by creating t-shirts with their own unique designs—all available for purchase on the site.

A portion of the proceeds from each purchase will benefit Music Unites. For this year’s program, six of the ROCK THE RABBIT artists are featured in a fashion pictorial shot by legendary shutterbug Mick Rock in Playboy’s April issue, while the other artists appear in the online feature. Six of the music industry’s biggest headliners appear in the magazine’s fashion pictorial— Robin Thicke, Chromeo, Cee Lo Green, Bryan Ferry, Deadmau5, and R. Kelly. Additionally, ROCK THE RABBIT offers fans an exclusive look at an additional 25 artists—an assortment of established, legendary, and up-and-coming musicians—with behind-the-scenes videos, interviews, and more. To purchase your t-shirt now click here!

Images (c) 2011 Playboy. PLAYBOY, Rabbit Head Design and ROCK THE RABBIT are marks of Playboy and used with permission.

Posted on March 24, 2011

Music Unites Emerson Brings MU Women's Empowerment Ambassador Rachel Platten and Singer Bess Rogers to Emerson College

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Music Unites will be bringing Empowering Women through Music Ambassador Rachel Platten and singer-songwriter Bess Rogers from Ingrid Michaelson's band to Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts as a part of the Music Unites on Campus Program on March 26, 2011. The event, taking place at Limelight Studios (204 Tremont Street Boston, MA) will be a part of the HERstory Month programming at Emerson College and will showcase female musical talent! The studio is directly across from the Emerson campus and is only $7 at the door. Come hear Rachel Platten and Bess Rogers perform for Boston students!

Posted on March 11, 2011

Music Unites Columbia and Frat DJ's Presents Launch Concert at Mel's

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Music Unites Columbia University's Campus Representative, Sophia Melon, will be hosting a benefit concert for Music Unites at Mel's on 2850 Broadway, New York on March 24, 2011. Doors will open at 11:30 PM and cover charge is $5 at the door. Come hear different genres of music and inspire the next generation of musicians with other Columbia University students!

Posted on March 24, 2011

ASCAP together with Music Unites Presents ASCAP’s Night School: Show Me the Money

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On Monday, March 21, 2011, Music Unites and ASCAP presented the last of the four ASCAP Night School workshops called “Show Me the Money” which presented the different types of royalties, who pays them to you, and how they differ from one another. Panelists included John Raso from Harry Fox Agency, Neeta Ragoowansi from SoundExchange and Marc Emert-Hutner from ASCAP. At the end of the night, Rachel Brown, a participant and winner in the 2010 ASCAP Foundation Paul Cunningham Workshop, and winner of The ASCAP Foundation Robert Allen Award, performed for all guests. Thank you to everyone who came out and a big thank you to our partnership with ASCAP!

Posted on March 21, 2011

A Special Thanks to EXPRESS Rocks! Music Lounge at SXSW

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B.O.B, Diplo, Asher Roth along with other musicians stopped by EXPRESS Rocks! Music Lounge down at SXSW to autograph the Asahi Beer donated guitar going to Music Unites to help fund sustainable music education programs throughout the country. A big thank you to EXPRESS Rocks! Music Lounge!

Posted on March 17, 2011

Music Unites Power of One at the Intrepid

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The Power of One event took place Thursday, March 10, 2011 at The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum’s Allison and Howard Lutnick Theatre. The Power of One program allowed students from The Bronx’s Women’s Academy of Excellence, Girls Inc.’s flagship school Urban Assembly Institute of Math & Science for Young Women in addition to the Young Women’s Leadership School to learn from the music industry’s top women power players who shared their experiences and insight about pursuing a dream.

The panel was moderated by Danyel Smith, Editor-in-Chief of Billboard magazine, and featured Singer/ songwriter/producer duo Jane’t Sewell-Ulepic and Angela Hunte, who co-wrote Jay-Z and Alicia Keys’ hit Empire State of Mind, Grammy nominated songwriter Denise Rich, as well as Senior Vice President of Brand Partnerships and Commercial Licensing at the Atlantic Records Group, Camille Hackney. The Power of One event raised the students’ awareness of career opportunities in the music industry. 

By hearing directly from people who have experienced, confronted and overcome challenges, Music Unites hopes that young girls will feel empowered and be encouraged to challenge themselves to pursue their own goals and dreams.

Posted on March 10, 2011

Music Unites Partners with Girls Inc. of New York City, The UN Foundation's Girl Up Campaign and Women in Music to Present a Power of One Music Event

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Music Unites will partner with Girls Inc. of New York City, The United Nation Foundation's Girl Up Campaign and Women in Music to present a Power of One Music event at the Intrepid Air & Space Museum.

The Power of One event will take place on Thursday, March 10, 2011, from 10am-2pm at The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum's Allison and Howard Lutnick Theatre. The Power of One program allows students from NYC area schools such as: The Bronx's Women's Academy of Excellence, Girls Inc.'s flagship school Urban Assembly Institute of Math & Science for Young Women and Young Women's Leadership School to meet and hear from the music industry's top women power players who will share their experiences and insights about overcoming challenges to achieve success.

The Power of One music panel will be moderated by Danyel Smith, Editor-in-Chief of Billboard magazine, and features: Singer/songwriter/producer duo Jane't Sewell-Ulepic and Angela Hunte, who co-wrote Jay Z and Alicia Keys' hit Empire State of Mind as well as having worked with many other artists including Melanie Fiona and B.o.B; philanthropist and Grammy-nominated songwriter Denise Rich; and Senior Vice President of Brand Partnerships and Commercial Licensing at the Atlantic Records Group, Camille Hackney. Each will highlight their successes and raise the students' awareness of career opportunities in the music industry.

Performances will feature platinum recording artist Shontelle, violinist Caitlin Moe, and Deux Chattes of the Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls.


Posted on February 22, 2011

Thank you got2b for your generous donation to Music Unites!

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On February 22, 2011, göt2b launched their latest hair style collection – rockin’ it – to a group of top beauty editors and bloggers at the Lady GaGa Monster Ball at Madison Square Garden. The göt2b rockin’ it collection includes an encore fresh dry shampoo, encore hold hairspray and encore hold gel that feature 4 ever stylestay micro-amplification polymer technology that helps give hair amazingly enduring “no helmet-head” hold that feels weightless and flexible.

To celebrate the launch of rockin’ it, which also coincides with the brand’s ten year anniversary, göt2b made a donation in each editor’s name to Music Unites.

Posted on February 22, 2011

Music Unites Rocks Out with The Parlotones at W.C. Bryant High School

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The Parlotones took time out of their tour while in the U.S. to come visit students at W.C. Bryant High School in Queens, New York, for a Q&A and jam session. Music Unites is excited that this South African band could be a part of the organization's student outreach!

Posted on March 07, 2011

Music Unites and The Parlotones Plan Outreach to W.C. Bryant High School

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On March 7,2011, The Parlotones will come to W.C. Bryant High School to speak with and perform for students as a part of Music Unites' school outreach initiative. The Parlotones are known for their electric, polished stage performances and crafted lyrics and during this outreach will mentor students about their own experience in the music industry.

Posted on February 19, 2011

Music Unites Brings Kate Nash to New York City

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On March 3, 2011 Music Unites brought its partnership with Kate Nash to New York City for two exciting student outreaches where Kate got the chance to meet students from the Women’s Excellence Academy in the Bronx, followed by an after-school workshop at the Project All Stars midtown Manhattan location. Kate talked with student groups about the importance of pursuing a dream, what inspires her, and what it means to make music.

The March 3 New York City outreach events were a  continuation of the U.S. announcement and launch of Kate Nash’s Rock ‘N Roll for Girls After School Music Club in Los Angeles during GRAMMY week. During her visit to the GRAMMY Museum, Kate met with a group of Los Angeles area high school students and signed a number of guitars donated by bebe Stores Inc. to Music Unites, which were distributed to music students at the Women's Excellence Academy. 

Posted on March 03, 2011

Music Unites, bebe Stores Inc., and Kate Nash Continue Joint Inner City Outreach

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Following the February 9 Los Angeles announcement and kickoff of Kate Nash’s Rock ‘N Roll for Girls After School Music Club where Kate participated with Music Unites in the GRAMMY Museum's Backstage Pass Panel Series at the GRAMMY Museum, Music Unites is excited to bring its partnership with Kate to New York City, for two upcoming student outreach events. On March 3 Kate Nash and Music Unites will meet with students from the Women’s Excellence Academy in the Bronx, followed by an after school workshop at the Project All Stars midtown Manhattan location. Kate will talk with student groups exploring topics including inspiration, what it really means to pursue a dream, and the process of making music.

The March 3 New York City outreach events are a continuation of the U.S. announcement and launch of Kate Nash’s Rock ‘N Roll for Girls After School Music Club in Los Angeles during GRAMMY week. During her visit to the GRAMMY Museum, where she met with a group of Los Angeles area high school students, Kate signed a number of guitars donated by bebe Stores Inc. to Music Unites, which will be used for fundraising and for distribution to music students throughout the United States. Funds raised through guitar auctions will be used to support Music Unites’ Nationwide Instrument Drive, and music curriculum program. The Women’s Excellence Academy is one of the first New York City schools slated to benefit from Music Unites’ instrument and music curriculum program. 

Posted on February 18, 2011

New Music Seminar LA 2011

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New Music Seminar, the future of music conference for artists, industry, entrepreneurs, technologists, labels, brands/agencies, investors and more concluded yesterday with a packed audience at the sold out New Music Seminar LA 2011 at The Sheraton Universal in Los Angeles, CA.

The two-day, three-night event featured conference five NMS Movements, 18-minute Intensives from key industry leaders, Mentoring sessions and NMS Closed-Door Industry Summits (Indie Promoter and Club Booking, Technology Summit and New Deal Legal) plus nightly live performances with AriZona Beverages on board as a Diamond Partner. 

A number of companies attending NMS made key announcements during the conference including the launch of the direct to fan ticketing service, GigsWiz; a new mobile tool kit for artists to capitalize on mobile commerce at live events by mobile entertainment company Mozes and mega live music site Jambase announcing its Facebook Connect platform.

Artists, CEOs, Founders and heads of the most important music technologies were also in attendance at NMS including: RuPaul; Moby;Chamillionaire, Lisa Loeb,Joe Kennedy, CEO/Pandora; Courtney Holt, President/MySpace Music; Mike Doernberg, CEO/ReverbNation; Bryan Calhoun, VP New Media, SoundExchange; Craig Kallman, Chairman/CEO Atlantic Records; Ron Fair, Chairman Geffen/ A&M Records; Pete Edge, President, RCA/Jive Records; Grammy Award winning songwriters, Angela Hunte and Jane't "Jnay" Sewell-Ulepic (Jay-Z/ Alicia Keys “Empire State of Mind”); Tony Van Veen, CEO/Diskmakers; Ted Cohen, CEO/TAG Strategic; Bill Wilson of NARM; James Diener, CEO/President, A&M/Octane Records; Cal Nyantakyi, Head of A&R, RocNation; Jason Bentley of KCRW; OnStage’s Tom Jackson.

Posted on February 18, 2011

Music Unites Partners With bebe Stores and Kate Nash

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On February 9, 2011, Music Unites partnered with bebe Stores Inc. and Kate Nash to announce the kickoff of Kate Nash's Rock 'N Roll for Girls After School Music Club, and Music Unites' GRAMMY Museum Backstage Pass Empowering Women Through Music Panel Series. Kate Nash signed guitars donated by bebe, which will later be donated to the Women's Excellence Academy in the Bronx. bebe stores nationwide will unveil Valentine's Day windows created around the theme "Addicted to Love." Store windows will feature mannequins holding guitars that are replicas of Robert Palmer's 1986 "Addicted to Love." These guitars will be donated to Music Unites for fundraising efforts and for distribution to music students throughout the U.S., a number of them signed by Kate.

Posted on February 09, 2011

Kate Nash with Music Unites Presents: Kate Nash's Rock 'N Roll for Girls After School Music Club

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On February 9, 2011, Music Unites will be partnering with bebe Stores Inc. and Kate Nash to announce the kickoff of Kate Nash's Rock 'N Roll for Girls After School Music Club, and Music Unites' GRAMMY Museum Backstage Pass Empowering Women Through Music Panel Series. During her appearance at the GRAMMY Museum Kate Nash will sign guitars donated by bebe, a number of which will be given to the Women's Excellence Academy in the Bronx.

Kate Nash's Rock 'N Roll for Girls After School Music Club is an international youth outreach initiative that she is slated to kickoff in the U.K. with her upcoming Spring 2011 tour. The initiative will be announced in the U.S. during GRAMMY week, in conjunction with Kate's participation with Music Unites in the GRAMMY Museum Backstage Pass Panel Series.

The event will take place at the GRAMMY Museum's Clive Davis Theater with a Q&A.

Posted on February 09, 2011

Michael Dorf presents "Music of Neil Young" at Carnegie Hall

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On Thursday February 10, 2011, Michael Dorf will present "Music of Neil Young" at Carnegie Hall featuring twenty artists each performing one Neil Young classic. This tribute concert will benefit music and arts programs for underprivileged youth including Music Unites! To purchase tickets visit here.

Posted on February 10, 2011

Music Unites Supports the SupportMusic Coalition brought to you by NAMM

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The SupportMusic Coalition is building a proactive and unified approach to federal, state and local level advocacy for music education as a core academic subject in schools. The coalition is united in its support of a complete education that includes music and arts instruction for all children. Currently, 250 affiliate organizations participate in the coalition to duscuss and act on issues of mutual concern. Visit supportmusic.com to learn more about the advocacy mission and messages. Music Unites is a strong supporter of this cause!

Posted on January 14, 2011

Music Unites Northwestern University Launches!

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"With Music Unites Northwestern, we aim to bring the goals and initiatives of MU to our campus and the Chicago area, both by spreading awareness about underfunded music programs and actually engaging in such programs. We will host events at our school that incorporate numerous aspects of music and help get the goals of MU out there. We also hope to reach out to public schools in Chicago that do not have developed music programs; we will not only get Northwestern students involved, but create mentorships between musically experience high school students and less experienced ones, which will hopefully foster long-term relationships between musicians and music programs," says Music Unites on Campus Representative Nicole Negrete. 

Posted on January 10, 2011

Music Unites Youth Choir Sings at the Bronx Zoo

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On December 30, the Hard Rock Cafe Presented The Wildlife Conservation Society's SING! For Wildlife at the Bronx Zoo. New York City's top high school choral groups battled it out to determine the best chorus in NYC! The  Music Unites Youth Choir performed a special guest performance. The panelists at the competition were Jim Farmer from NY Daily News, Erik Balm from DMC, American Idiot's Van Hughes, Music Unites' Founder and Executive Director, Michelle Edgar, and two additional panelists from the Bronx Zoo and Hard Rock Cafe.

Posted on December 30, 2010

SING! For Wildlife at the Bronx Zoo

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Hard Rock Cafe Presents The Wildlife Conservation Society's SING! For Wildlife at the Bronx Zoo. This holiday season New York City's top high school choral groups battle it out to determine the best chorus in NYC! On December 30, the Music Unites Youth Choir will perform a special guest performance!

Posted on December 15, 2010

Music Unites Columbia University Launches!

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Music Unites on Campus Representative Sophia Melon says that Columbia University's Music Unites will support Columbia’s emerging artists by providing opportunities for them to perform while at the same time giving them a chance to bring music to, and mentor students from, under funded inner city school systems.

Posted on December 15, 2010

Music Unites and ASCAP Presents ASCAP's Night School: DIY 101

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On November 30, 2010, ASCAP together with Music Unites hosted their second workshop for ASCAP's Night School called, "DIY 101: Critical insights on independent artists' options for creating successful careers." Panelists included: Howard Han from GigMaven; Founder Benji Rogers from Pledgemusic; President of Downtown Music Publishing Justin Kalifowitz from Songtrust; and Co-Founder Peter Wells from TuneCore. The night concluded with a special live performance by Daniel Wayne.

Posted on November 30, 2010

Music Careers Day 2010

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Realizing the value of mentorship and shared experience, Music Unites was excited to connect the students of the Music Unites Youth Choir with a diverse group of music industry professionals through Music Careers Day! The Music Unites Career Day 2010 participants included DJ, Producer, & Co-founder of BROBOT, Junior Sanchez; Director of Music & Talent Programming at MTV, Yomi Desalu; The Bowery Presents' Alissa Crevier; and Vice President of Publicity for Epic Records, Lauren Ceradini.

Posted on November 23, 2010

ASCAP Together with Music Unites Launches ASCAP's Night School

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ASCAP together with Music Unites launched ASCAP's Night School on November 16, 2010 at Norwood with their first workshop Publishing 101: Everything you need to know about publishing. A question and answer after panel featured panelists from EMI Music, Downtown Music Publishing in addition to Shapiro Bernstein. The evening concluded with a live performance by Savoir Adore (Cantora Records). 

Posted on November 16, 2010

Music Unites Awarded The Phyllis Hyman Phat Friend Award

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On November 15, 2010 Music Unites was awarded The Phyllis Hyman Phat Friend Award, named after the All Stars Project's first spokesperson. Each year young people across the city take part in All Stars Project youth events and nominate adults who have been active in their community. After the nominees are interviewed by the Phat Friend Youth selection committee, awards are granted to those who have contributed to a great social change movement among youth and their communities. 

Posted on November 15, 2010

Music Unites New York University Launches!

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"Music Unites New York University will act as a liaison between MU and the NYU campus, creating awareness and forming relationships with local schools and bands. By hosting events and raising funds and awareness for MU, we hope to enable the organization to continue to grow a diversified presence in the music world."

--Music Unites NYU Campus Representative, Maressa Levy

Posted on November 09, 2010

Music Unites Launches Emerson Branch

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Music Unites Emerson launched October 31 with their first performance series. There was free music, free food and performances over three hours filled with celebrating music and Halloween in the Multi-Purpose Room of Piano Row. Performers included: Alexander Trudon, hip-hop act J Magas and Big Nez as well as Quadratic Horse (a spin-off of School of Rock). 

Posted on October 31, 2010

Music Unites Hofstra University launches!

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"Music Unites Hofstra creates the connection between MU and Hofstra students.  We aim to educate Hofstra students about the current lack of funding for schools musical education programs and the need to build and establish relationships between musical artists and the community.  These relationships will in turn enable musicians to not only be artists, but to become mentors.  MU Hofstra aims to spread the word about MU, but through actions on and surrounding the Hofstra Campus.  We wish to host numerous events that will raise awareness of MU and their purpose. MU Hofstra also aims to create a prominent presence on campus, in order for current and future students to become involved with our mission." 

--Jacqueline Lyons, Music Unites Hofstra Campus Representative

Posted on November 01, 2009

Her Campus and Music Unites Partner for the Music Unites on Campus Initiative Launch!

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Her Campus, an online magazine geared towards college students, is helping Music Unites launch their Music Unites on Campus Initiative! To become a Music Unites on Campus Representative fill out the application form here: http://hercampus.com/freestuff/start-your-own-music-unites-group

Please be sure to also send your resume to campusreps@musicunites.org.

Contact our Campus Coordinator Michelle Golden with any questions at michelle.golden@musicunites.org

Posted on November 02, 2010

Music Unites & NYU's Clive Davis Dept of Recorded Music Present 'Curating Live Music' Panel

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Music Unites, in conjunction with the Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music, presented an evening with leading female music industry executives at New York University on Wednesday October 28, 2010.

Topics discussed included: How business decisions and professions are being changed by the constant evolution of the music industry; rewards and challenges face day to day in different fields; the importance of partnerships and strategic alliances; personal attributes needed for success and much more.

Musician Dan Torres performed as well as students Genesis Be, Brandon Sheer, and Katie Buchanan.

Posted on October 30, 2010

AXE Donates Funds To Music Unites From Their “One Night Only” Chicago Concert With O.A.R.

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This year, the AXE Music “One Night Only” concert series is visiting U.S. cities across the country, giving audiences access to incredible shows filled with unexpected surprises. The series, which included an unforgettable show with Weezer in L.A., brought O.A.R. for the tour’s Midwest debut on Oct. 19, 2010 in Chicago.

To help celebrate the Chicago stop featuring O.A.R., AXE Music is making a generous donation to Music Unites. These funds will be used to benefit local Chicago music programs.

Posted on October 19, 2010

Reni Lane Visits & Performs For NYC School Kids

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Musician Reni Lane, who has played a benefit concert for Music Unites and been a dedicated supporter, took time out of her busy schedule on Monday, Oct. 18, to spend time with some NYC inner city school kids. She put on a great performance and answered questions about the music industry.

Posted on October 20, 2010

Music Unites Launches Womens Empowerment with Mia Moretti, Caitlin Moe, and Diane Birch

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To celebrate women in music and support the next generation of female talent, Music Unites is launching its second major initiative, Empowering Women Through Music, after successfully funding its first philanthropic focus, the Music Unites Youth Choir. The goal of the initiative is to empower, inspire, and help young women learn through educational and musical showcases, workshops, and panels.

Music Unites joined Rolling Stone and Garnier Fructis on Oct. 4, 2010 at The Standard NYC's Le Bain to kick off the program with a special benefit concert. Diane Birch played favorites like "Valentino," and DJ Mia Morretti and Caitlin Moe rocked out to a electric violin fueled version of "Alejandro," as guests watched captivated while sipping Absolute cocktails.

Posted on October 06, 2010

Philippe Quint Dazzles During Music Unites Classical Salon Series

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On Tuesday, September 28th, Music Unites hosted a classical music showcase featuring two time Grammy nominated violinist Philippe Quint. The intimate benefit concert was held at the home of David Grossman and Suzanne Fleur as part of the charity's Classical Music Salon Series. The event served as a release party for Philippe's new album, “Paganini,” with all funds from ticket sales being used to fund music education in inner city schools.

Posted on October 03, 2010

Music Unites Selected for Phyllis Hyman Phat Friend Award

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Music Unites has been honored with the Phat Friend Award!

Named in honor of the late singer/songwriter who served as the All Stars celebrity spokesperson, All Stars youth leaders created the Phat Friend Award to have a civic voice in the life of New York City so they could tell us which adults and programs are making a meaningful difference in their communities.

Year round, young people across the city nominate community leaders, business executives, media representatives, educators, politicians and celebrities who they think are supporting the development of young people and their communities. The nominees are interviewed by the Phat Friend Youth selection committee, which selects the awardees. The youth selection committee bestows the Phat Friend Award at the annual award ceremony.

Posted on October 03, 2010

Music Unites & Rolling Stone Present Diane Birch, Mia Moretti & Caitlin Moe

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Music Unites has joined with Rolling Stone to present two amazing performances: DJ Mia Moretti and Caitlin Moe and singer-song writer Diane Birch.  The event is part of Music Unites' Women's Empowerment initiative and will take place October 4, 2010 at Le Bain on top of the Standard Hotel.

Diane Birch is a singer songwriter currently living in Brooklyn, New York. Her debut album Bible Belt serves up her own portrait of American music in all its breadth and majesty, touching down on Beale Street, Bourbon Street, Tin Pan Alley, Laurel Canyon, South Philly, Brooklyn street corners and many points in between. The album has been considered a tour-de-force and her goal is to empower other women through her music and message.

DJ Mia Moretti is a permanent nightlife fixture at some of the country’s hottest events and venues.  She has performed alongside popular musicians such as Courtney Love and Snoop Dog and recently played Chelsea Clinton's wedding. Her remix of Katy Perry’s hit single "Hot N Cold" landed on the Billboard Dance Music Charts for 10 straight weeks, and her remix of "Peacock" is featured on the Perry's latest album "Teenage Dream."

Cailtin Moe began playing violin at the age of 4, but was later criticized for being
too animated and too interpretive with her classical selections, which soon led her to discover songwriting and the infusion of strings with other genres. Fresh off the 2009-2010 west coast tour with multi-platinum selling arena rock band Trans-Siberian Orchestra as their featured electric violinist, Moe has currently been touring with DJ Mia Moretti, exploding out of the ordinary classical violin and electrifying audiences in hotspots across the country.

Posted on September 19, 2010

Music Unites Present Violinist Philippe Quint

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On Tuesday, September 28th, Music Unites will host a classical music showcase with
two-time Grammy award nominee violinist Philippe Quint as an exclusive private
benefit concert celebrating the release of his new album, “Paganini.”

Philippe is poised to become one of today’s most unusual and prolific recording
artists. Following in the footsteps of another Naxos artist conductor Marin Alsop,
he is one of the first young artists to shun the traditional big recording label model
and came to the international attention after receiving a Grammy Nomination for
his debut CD of the William Schuman Concerto in 2001.

Now, seven critically acclaimed recordings later and on the wings of a second
Grammy Nomination for his 2009 Billboard chart topping recording of the
Korngold Violin Concerto- in August 2010 Philippe came out with yet another
original CD of works by Niccolo Paganini in arrangements by Fritz Kresiler. This
unique collection represents a combination of Kreisler's charm and Paganini's
ferocious finger twisting virtuosity with a great gift for memorable melodies that
inspired many composers, including Brahms, Schumann, and Rachmaninoff.

Posted on September 19, 2010

Music Unites Celebrates Fashion Week with Reni Lane

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Reni Lane has a busy schedule. She's playing Fashion Night Out, Richie Rich's Heatherette show after-party and a number of gigs during CMJ. Catch her first during an intimate performance hosted by Music Unites this Wednesday, September 8th at 65 Greene Street. Doors open at 7pm. 

Posted on September 08, 2010

Music Unites & Culture Project Present Sting & Trudie Styler "Twin Spirits"

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Music Unites and Culture Project presented an evening at Lincoln Center with Sting, Trudi Styler, Joshua Bell and a host of other high-powered names to perform "Twin Spirits."

Sting and wife Trudie Styler read the letters between composer Robert Schumann and his decade-younger pianist wife Clara Wieck. David Straithairn acted as narrator as Joshua Bell played violin and Nathan Gunn and Camille Zamora sang.

Mayor Mike Bloomberg, Denise Rich, actor Richard Kind, screenwriter Geoffrey Fletcher, movie producer Bonnie Timmerman, and classical pianist Steven Masi, and many more were in attendance of this event which helped raise funds for Music Unites.

Posted on July 02, 2010

Music Unites & Rolling Stone Present Fiery Furnaces & Alexandra Richards

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Music Unites kicked off its partnership with Rolling Stone to present the first concert of the InTune concert series on Tuesday, June 29, 2010. The Fiery Furnaces brother and sister duo Matthew and Eleanor Friedberger started things off with an intimate performance at The Penthouse at Cooper Square Hotel.  Alexandra Richards kept the night going with her amazing DJ skills as guests including Tinsley Mortimer, Dabney Mercer, Jared Evans, Kat DeLuna, Danielle Staub, Richie Rich, Samantha Swetra, Eric West, Jessica Hart, Paul Johnson-Calderon, and Nicolas Potts from Tamara mingled and enjoyed cocktails from Absolut and fragrance from Perry Ellis.

Proceeds from the event benefit Music Unites Youth Choir, made up of children from the city and its five boroughs in partnership with Young Audiences New York.

Posted on June 28, 2010

Music Unites Presents Mikhail Simonyan With Members Of The New York Philharmonic

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Last night Music Unites presented Mikhail Simonyan with musicians from the New York Philharmonic for an intimate evening of music at City Winery. The event was hosted by WYNCY/QXR's Elliott Forrest. Proceeds benefited Music Unites and The Afghanistan National Institute of Music through Mikhail's Beethoven Not Bullets initiative.

Posted on June 15, 2010

City Winery Owner Buy Beethoven Not Bullets Sculpture

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On Monday, June 14, Music Unites hosted an event at City Winery with violinist Mikhail Simonyan and members of the New York Philharmonic. In addition to hosting the event inside hsi venues doors, City Winery owner Michael Dorf supported Mikhail's cause Beethoven Not Bullets by purchasing a sculpture by Adrian London. The piece supports freedom and self-expression in Afghanistan and a portion of the proceeds go towards the initiative, which raises funds to sponsor students at the Afghanistan National Institute of Music.

Posted on June 14, 2010

Music Unites Youth Choir Member Plays NYC's Angels & Kings

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Music Unites Youth Choir member Anson wowed the crowd on Memorial Day when he played at Pete Wentz's rock bar Angels & Kings in NYC's Lower East Side.

Posted on June 03, 2010

Music Unites Classical Music Showcase Series Presents Mikhail Simonyan with Musicians of the New York Philharmonic

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Music Unites will host another event as part of our Classical Music Showcase Series at City Winery June 14, 2010. Internationally recognized Russian-Armenian violinist Mikhail Simonyan, hailed as having "a flawless, liquid line and ravishing tone," by the Washington Post, will join together with musicians from the New York Philharmonic.  The performance will feature music written by legendary virtuoso and composer Nathan Milstein, the notoriously difficult Passacaglia for violin and viola on a theme by Handel by Johan Halvorsen, and Brahm's gorgeous Piano Quartet in G minor, Op. 25 for piano, violin, viola, and cello.

The evening will benefit the Afghanistan National Institue of Music (ANIM), in Kabul as part of Mikhail's Beethoven Not Bullets initiative. Beethoven Not Bullets raises funds to sponsor students at ANIM, which is the war-torn country’s only music school. ANIM’s mission is to educate a new generation of musicians, regardless of ethnicity or gender, revitalizing music in Afghanistan and restoring it as a strong cultural voice.

This is a wonderful chance to experience Mikhail and the New York Philharmonics music in an intimate setting. Tickets are just $30 for General Admission and $50 for VIP, which includes a signed CD. Purchase yours on our Events page at  MusicUnites.org/events.html.  In addition, Mikhail will be joining the full New York Philharmonic for his debut as soloist with the orchestra on June 29 and 30 at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall. 

Posted on June 01, 2010

MUSIC UNITES YOUTH CHOIR RECORDS A SONG AT TAINTED BLUE STUDIO

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On Monday, the Music Unites Youth Choir visited Tainted Blue Studios in Times Square, home to such superstar recording artists as Alicia Keys, Mariah Carey, Paul McCartney, Coldplay and more. The children were able to see the inside of a real studio and learned how the process works by recording an original composition they wrote collaboratively over the course of the program called, "Different Voices, Same Song."

Special thanks to Tainted Blue Studio, NYC and engineer Louis Follo.

Posted on May 26, 2010

MUSIC UNITES YOUTH CHOIR INAUGURAL CONCERT

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The Music Unites Youth Choir held their first solo concert on May 13 at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center. They performed a number of songs including Paul McCartney's classic "Let It Be," Jason Mraz's contemporary hit "I'm Yours," and a piece called "Different Voices, Same Song" which they composed collaboratively during the program.  

Posted on May 27, 2010

Music Unites Celebrates Its One Year Anniversary

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It was just one year ago that New York-based charity Music Unites was founded by Michelle Edgar to support music education in underfunded inner city school districts and bring music to underserved communities. 

In celebration of our one year anniversary, Music Unites is hosting an exclusive benefit concert celebrating artists of all genres from pop, rock to rap, with a total of eight acts. This event has been made possible thanks to the support of the Annie O. Music Series, Cooper Square Penthouse and AriZona Beverages. Musicians who have been behind the cause from the start have donated their time and will come out to support the cause including Tamarama, As Tall As Lions, Matt White, Jaicko, Maino, Niia, Rachel Platten and DJ DL.

It's also Michelle's birthday, so be sure to wish her a happy one!  Tickets are SOLD OUT.

Posted on May 13, 2010

Charlie Siem Plays Spin NYC

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Music Unites hosted an intimate performance featuring classical violinist Charlie Siem in the Fred Perry Room at Spin NYC as part of our classical music initiative.  He played solo and was also joined by an acoustic guitarist. DJ Jamie Biden spun before and after. Guests enjoyed the music and drinks from St. Germaine and Barterhouse. A lucky attendee who entered our raffle won a tee shirt and tickets to our next events.  All proceeds benefit that Music Unites Youth Choir and help bring education into underfunded inner city schools.

Posted on April 30, 2010

Rachel Platten Joins Music Unites Women's Empowerment Initiative

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Music Unites welcomed Rachel Platten to be the newest member of their women's empowerment initiative with the presentation of an award at her Highline Ballroom opening for Carbon Leaf on April 15.

The Music Unites Woman's Empowerment movement was created to promote awareness about the importance of leadership and self-esteem in young woman around the world through emerging and established artists.

Posted on April 16, 2010

Jaicko Visits With Music Unites Youth Choir For The Second Time

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Just weeks after appearing at St. Mark the Evangelist School in Harlem to speak with and perform for the 5th to 8th grade students, Capitol Records singer/songwriter Jaicko partnered again with Music Unites to bring music to underserved communities by leading the Music Unites Youth Choir during one of their rehearsals. 

On April 12th, Jaicko observed and spoke to the choir’s work, shared stories and performed for the group comprised of public high school students from New York City's five boroughs

Posted on April 16, 2010

MUSIC UNITES PRESENTS CHARLIE SIEM

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Photo Credit: Bryan Adams

Londoner Charlie Siem has been playing violin since the age of three and is considered to be the next rising star in the classical world. Following his performance at Carnegie Hall, he’ll be joining Music Unites for an exclusive concert in the Fred Perry Room at Spin on April 29th.

Charlie has appeared at renowned festivals throughout the world and performed with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra , London Mozart Players, Israel Camerata, Bergen Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra Vilnius and Petros Sinfonica Brazil. He has also toured the UK with the Moscow Philharmonic. His debut CD won international praise and he is working on a new release for 2011. For more info, visit his web site at /www.charliesiem.com.

Tickets to the Music Unites event are $40.

Purchase Tickets:

Posted on March 30, 2010

MUSIC UNITES & JAICKO VISIT NYC SCHOOL

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On Friday, March 26, 2010 Music Unites and Jaicko visited St. Marks school in Harlem. Jaicko put on a great performance, followed by a Q&A session where the students asked him many fantastic questions.

Posted on March 26, 2010

Melanie Fiona Custom Designs Bracelet With Gina Nigrelli For Music Unites

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Melanie Fiona, the ambassador of Music Unites Empowering Women Through Music Initiative, has designed a bracelet with Gina Nigrelli to benefit the Music Unites Youth Choir.

The unique wrap bracelet come in gold and gunmetal and can be purchase for $135 at Jules Smith. To order, go to:

http://shop.julessmithdesigns.com/products/music-unites

Posted on April 10, 2010

MELANIE FIONA LAUNCHES WOMEN'S EMPOWERMENT INNITIATIVE

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Music Unites hosted an intimate performance featuring Melanie Fiona at the Cooper Square Hotel penthouse to kick off the Women's Empowerment innitiative, which will focus on reaching out to girls in inner city school systems. Guests enjoyed the music and had the opportunity to purchase a bracelet custom designed by Melanie from Jules Smith.  This benefit concert sponsored by OK Magazine, Lancome, and the Annie O Music series also helped raise funding and awareness for the Music Unites Youth Choir. 

Posted on March 16, 2010

MUSIC UNITES YOUTH CHOIR: THE MUSIC OF THE WHO AT CARNEGIE HALL

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The Music Unites Youth Choir, wearing tee shirts designed by David Arquette, kicked off The Who Tribute concert with a medley from Tommy, accompanied by jazz trumpeter Steven Bernstein. They were followed by 20 A-list artists playing the classics, including Patti Smith, Bettye Lavette, Sondre Lerche, Bobby McFerrin, GasLight Anthem, and The Postelles.

Posted on March 02, 2010

David Arquette Designs Music Unites Choir Tees

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We are so thankful to David Arquette and his new fashion line, PROPR,  for designing the Music Unites Youth Choir's first t-shirts for their March 2nd debut performance at Carnegie Hall's Tribute to The Who benefit concert. Not only will this great shirt be worn by all choir members but there will also be limited edition tees signed by Arquette himself available for purchase with proceeds going towards the Music Unites Youth Choir. 

 Donate to the Music Unites Youth Choir buy purchasing The Who tribute teeshirts designed by David Arquette. 

$30 by Donation:

Posted on February 11, 2010

Don't Miss Music Unites Youth Choirs Debut Performance at Carnegie Hall

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Purchase your tickets now to see the Music Unites Youth Choir's debut performance at Carnegie Hall's Tribute to The Who benefit concert. The Choir will be performing with 20 other artists performing exciting pieces from The Who catalog. More info at carnegiewho.com.

Posted on February 11, 2010

Music Unites Takes Jaicko To NYC School

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Capitol Record's artist, Jaicko, will be visiting students in grades 5-8 at St. Marks School on February 26. This outreach has been created together with Education Through Music to help motivate and engage young students through music. 

Posted on February 04, 2010

Music Unites Receives First Grant!

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Thank you to Dosomething.org for selecting Music Unites as a Do Something Growth Grant winner for $500. Click here to learn more about Do Something! 

Posted on February 04, 2010

Music Unites Youth Choir's Sneak Peek Performance

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This Monday Young Audiences New York introduced the Music Unites Youth Choir at their sneak performance at Ailey Citigroup Theatre. The performance featured songs and original writings in progress as the Choir builds toward their inaugural concert this Spring at Carnegie Hall. 

Posted on February 01, 2010

Music Unites Youth Choir at Carnegie Hall

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The Music Unites Youth Choir will have their debut performance at Carnegie Hall on March 2nd. The Choir will be singing songs from The Who catalog along with performers including Living Colour, Bobby McFerrin, Robyn Hitchcock, Matt Nathanson, Sondre Lerche, Postelles, Mose Allison, Bettye LaVette, The Smithereens, Bob Mould (of Hüsker Dü), Fab Faux, The Gaslight Anthem, Jason Isbell, Asaf Avidan, Vanessa Carlton, Willie Nile, Rich Pagano, Nicole Atkins, and Steven Bernstein.

Posted on November 25, 2009

Music Unites Hosts Intimate Performance with Joshua Bell

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Grammy Award-winning artist Joshua Bell hosted an exclusive performance in his home to raise awareness for Music Unites and Education Through Music, Inc. Together they celebrated Joshua Bell's "At Home With Friends" album release. Guests including Regina Spektor enjoyed the violin performance while snacking on treats prepared by award-winning chef Brian Lewis. 

Posted on January 25, 2010

Sting and Trudie Styler at New York Premiere of Twin Spirits

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Music Unites hosted the screening of Twin Spirits, the poignant and tragic love story of Robert and Clara Schumann, followed by a live interview with Sting and Trudie Styler at WNYC's Greene Space on December 3. Supporters of Music Unites included Donna Karan, Courtney Love, Joshua Bell, Natasha Paremski, Ryan Leslie and The Postelles. 

Posted on December 05, 2009

Music Unites Talks With Roger Daltrey of The Who

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Music Unites caught up with Roger Daltrey backstage at his concert at Nokia Theatre Times Square on November 20: "The importance of music education is that there's scientific evidence taken and it's been found that if a child studies music early on in their life, they will be better at everything else they do throughout their life and that's the importance of it. It should be the first thing they learn, not the first thing they stop teaching." - Roger Daltrey from The Who

Posted on November 30, 2009

John Forte visits Music Unites Youth Choir

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Yesterday, John visited the Music Unites Youth Choir, an ensemble bringing together public high school students from across the 5 boroughs in an effort to create a diverse performance ensemble. Over the past two weeks, John partnered with Music Unites charity on two initiatives -- a visit to the Music Unites Youth Choir and International Art and Business School in Brooklyn -- where he reflected on his past and educated students on his life lessons and how music has inspired him along with a performance featuring songs from his newest album StyleFree, his first collection of music in eight years. Forte's main message: the power of music is an important educational tool and a vehicle for self-expression.

Posted on November 25, 2009

John Forte visits International Arts and Business School

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This Monday, November 16, John Forte played a private show and spoke to an auditorium of 500 young students at the International Arts and Business School in Brooklyn. This visit was facilitated through a partnership between Music Unites and Young Audiences New York. 

Posted on November 19, 2009

Fall Masquerade Gala at Lincoln Center

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Music Unites and the Young Patrons of Lincoln Center came together to honor Mark Ronson and Georgina Chapman with the Arts Leadership Award. The evening included an intimate performance featuring Mark Ronson and Daniel Merriweather.

Posted on October 29, 2009

UN DAY CONCERT: A TRIBUTE TO PEACEKEEPING

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Lang Lang performs on behalf of Music Unites at the U.N Day Concert: A Tribute to Peacekeeping honoring the world body's peacekeeping operations.

Posted on October 23, 2009

Music Unites with John Forte at the Cooper Square Hotel

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John Forte played an intimate performance in the moonlit penthouse of the Cooper Square Hotel for 200 of Music Unites' patrons on Monday evening.

Posted on October 05, 2009

View from Penthouse at Cooper Square Hotel

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Posted on October 05, 2009

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