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September 9, 2020

The ongoing pandemic has brought unexpected experiences for many - and in the back to school season, many extracurricular activities are starting the year differently. For East Nashville Magnet High School’s band program, their year began on a high note, thanks to country artist Maren Morris.

Morris started the HEROES fund in 2017 in order to support music education in public schools in middle Tennessee. Portions of proceeds from her live shows and other events fund the program. “With so much worry surrounding COVID, I wanted East Nashville Magnet High School to have one less worry for their fine arts depa...

September 2, 2020

A nonprofit organization founded in New York City, Project: Music Heals Us ( PMH), has been making the lives of hospitalized people for over 6 years by offering one-on-one live concerts - and in the age of COVID-19, they are soothing both those diagnosed with the virus and their caregivers via livestream.

With a focus on disabled, rehabilitating, incarcerated, and homeless communities, PMH’s goal is to provide inspiration, education, and healing through live music performance. They launched the Vital Sounds Initiative in April of 2020 as a way to help struggling patients - the therapeutic power of the musi...

August 25, 2020

There’s nothing quite like the feeling of learning how to play an instrument, and everyone should have the opportunity to experience that feeling. This is something Jeff Campbell, the founder and director of Hungry for Music, believed wholeheartedly when he established the nonprofit in 1994.

Based in Washington, D.C., Hungry for Music is a nonprofit that distributes free instruments to underprivileged children. Due to families’ economic hardships, the children receiving these instruments would otherwise not have the opportunity to experience the joy that comes from musical expression.

In 25 years of operati...

August 24, 2020

Music has been acknowledged for centuries to be powerful enough to heal - and that is something Tamara Williams believed wholeheartedly from experience when she founded Music Beyond Measure. Based in Montclair, New Jersey, the nonprofit organization uses music to help survivors of trauma to process their emotions and heal.

Williams is a jazz musician, and in 2009 she realized she had emotions and trauma related to sexual assault and domestic violence that she needed to acknowledge. She turned to counseling, and started writing and creating music to express how she felt. She looked for classes that were bas...

August 19, 2020

Music is the world’s uniting language - it’s capable of bringing together people from all cultures, backgrounds, and corners of the world. The Nvak Foundation, a nonprofit music education program, puts this concept at the forefront of their mission. Founded in 2018 by Tamar Kaprelian in Armenia, Nvak supports young artists in areas typically forgotten by the majority of the music industry. Operated in Armenia, Israel, and Malawi, their community has grown to over 500 musicians.

Kaprelian was inspired to found Nvak after she participated in the Eurovision international song competition. She stayed in Armeni...

August 18, 2020

MusiCares is an organization that provides a “safety net” for people working in the music industry. In the age of COVID-19, when live music is currently in a rut, having a safety net is imperative for musicians and those working in the industry - that’s what inspired MusiCares’ Coronavirus Relief Fund.

MusiCares assists almost anyone you can think of who would have a hand in making music possible: bus drivers, lighting, tech, makeup, artists, songwriters, engineers - created by the Recording Academy, they include everybody who works in the industry. Their COVID-19 relief fund has been helping many, giving...

August 18, 2020

Indie-pop artist Maeve Steele traveled the coast of California to perform live streams of her debut EP, Barefoot . But instead of selling tickets, she decided to raise money for various California-based nonprofits focused on hunger relief: SLO Food Bank, No Kid Hungry, Foodbank of Santa Barbara County, and Second Harvest. The digital tour, while free for everyone, included links in the livestream’s description which she highly encouraged her viewers to donate to, calling it a “virtual tip jar.”

Steele was inspired to use her art to help nonprofits based on the coast of California specifically because of he...

July 2, 2020

Shari Rowe Offers an Uplifting Message with “The Heavy”

June 25, 2020

Jesse Keith Whitley, son of country music legends Keith Whitley and Lorrie Morgan, will be debuting the music video for his latest single “Try to Change My Ways” this Saturday, June 27, at the 30th Annual Keith Whitley Memorial Bike Ride. The song - originally released on May 11, the 31st anniversary of his father’s untimely passing - was dedicated to Keith Whitley; therefore, it seems only appropriate to premiere the video for Keith Whitley family, friends and fans alike.

The Keith Whitley Memorial Bike Ride will be passing by the former home of Keith Whitley as well as the cemetery where h...

June 23, 2020

JOHN PRINE’S “I REMEMBER EVERYTHING” DEBUTS AT #1 ON BILLBOARD ROCK DIGITAL SONG SALES CHART

HIGHEST-CHARTING SINGLE OF PRINE’S LEGENDARY CAREER

John Prine’s last recorded song, “I Remember Everything,” debuts this week at #1on Billboard’s Rock Digital Song Sales chart making it the highest-charting single of his career as a performer.   

Written by Prine and his longtime collaborator Pat McLaughlin, the song was recorded last year in Prine’s living room with Grammy Award-winning producer Dave Cobb and engineer Gena Johnson.

The new song and never-before-seen footage de...

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