Spring is has sprung! The promise of warmer weather brings longer (and sunnier!) days and renewed energy, which has a significant effect on boosting our moods and establishing positive attitudes. To help get you in the spirit of springtime, today’s article highlights some of the local music industry affiliated non-profit organizations right here in Nashville. Read on to learn a little more about musical non-profits in our community- and maybe even become inspired to get involved!
Organization Name: Musicians on Call
What They Do: Music is healing to the soul, especially when the body is sick. This organization brings both live and recorded music to the bedside of hospital patients to brighten their day and add warmth to the often stark, sterile environment hospitals can be. It was founded in 1999 by two music industry professionals who had both lost loved ones that endured extensive hospital stays. Musicians on Call currently organizes performances that reach 500,000 patients across 60 programs.
How to Get Involved: Join the Backstage Pass Club, become a Volunteer Musician or Guide, help spread the word as a Program Advocate, or assist in bringing music to more hospital locations as a Program Champion: http://www.musiciansoncall.org/joinus/
Organization Name: Notes for Notes
What They Do: This organization ensures that kids of all socio-economic backgrounds have the opportunity of music education and music industry careers. They set up recording studios inside Boys and Girls Clubs so that the kids who participate in these programs have access to learn, create, and record music for free. Professional instruments and recording equipment are also provided at no charge. Educational aspects of the organization focus on careers available within the music industry, both on and off-stage.
How to Get Involved: Check out the “Support” page of their website to find out how to get involved by donating your money, time, or music gear.
Organization Name: Southern Girls Rock Camp
What They Do: This is not your average summer day camp! Girls between the ages of 10-17 build self-confidence and enjoy musical collaboration with their peers at Southern Girls Rock Camp (SGRC) events. Sponsored by YEAH! (Youth and Empowerment through Arts and Humanities, Inc.), this camp aims to encourage talent and creativity while empowering girls in a safe space where they can rock out to their hearts’ content. The highlight of the camp week is the showcase on the last day- girls form their own bands and put together a song to perform on stage for everyone. YEAH! also supports two additional music day camps that cater to girls and boys: Tennessee Teens Rock Camp and Rock Block.
How to Get Involved: Become a member of YEAH! (you can choose from several different levels available at various donation amounts) or apply to be a volunteer at one of their upcoming day camp sessions. Sign up for their newsletter to receive frequent updates!
Musicians and aspiring musicians, we hope you will get out into your communities this spring and help make a difference!
Written by Laura Whitlock