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


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

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


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


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


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 to get involved.

Posted on April 17, 2012

Pearls of Wisdom Philanthropy Award Given To Michelle Edgar


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"


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


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



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


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


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!


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 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!


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!


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 today!

Posted on February 06, 2012

Why we do what we do


"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!


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 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


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



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

Give the Gift of Music Today: Donate to Music Unites


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


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 today!

Posted on December 16, 2011

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


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

Music Unites Introduces MUYC Ambassador Jon Batiste at SOHO House


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

Music Unites Youth Choir Will Perform At Rolling Stone Fest 2011


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; Hacienda at 3PM (rsvp to; a special holiday performance by The Music Unites Youth Choir at 6PM (rsvp to 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


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


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



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


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


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


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


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


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 “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!


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 starting September 9, 2011 for limited time only and a portion of proceeds will go directly to Music Unites.

Posted on September 20, 2011

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


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 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’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 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

Posted on June 09, 2011

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


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


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


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


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


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


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 Awarded The Phyllis Hyman Phat Friend Award


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 Launches Emerson Branch


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!


"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

Reni Lane Visits & Performs For NYC School Kids


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 Selected for Phyllis Hyman Phat Friend Award


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

City Winery Owner Buy Beethoven Not Bullets Sculpture


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


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



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



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


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

Melanie Fiona Custom Designs Bracelet With Gina Nigrelli For Music Unites


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:

Posted on April 10, 2010

Music Unites Takes Jaicko To NYC School


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 Youth Choir's Sneak Peek Performance


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 Talks With Roger Daltrey of The Who


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

Music Unites with John Forte at the Cooper Square Hotel


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



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