Martini Rox: My Music Is Major Experience boosts young creative mindsWritten by Martini Rox | | firstname.lastname@example.org
My Music Is Major (M3) has evolved. M3’s scholarship in honor of a Toledo music legend, the late Charles W. McDaniels, is under the umbrella of the Jeremy Lincoln Foundation and was founded by McDaniels’ grand-daughter, Jelise Roberts. In 2011, Roberts founded the My Music Is Major Experience and under her direction the foundation has done exactly what it promised by evolving into a community event celebrating Toledo’s creative youth. From 4-6 p.m. April 27 at 136 Water St. in The Fort Industry Square Building Downtown Toledo, M3 will host its annual My Music Is Major Experience.
I was invited to preview the space and design for the event and was impressed by the artistic diversity planned. This event will feature the artwork of accomplished area artist Yusuf Lateef with live performances by Tahyah’s Dance Studio, student work and performances from TPS students, The Toledo School for the Arts, F.A.M.E.D. Studios, W.A.L.L. Music Group, and more. There will be plenty of opportunities to connect and network with major area talent. Sponsors will be set up around the venue and information on how you can get involved in the M3 Experience next year will be provided. The foundation’s goals include uplifting and empowering youth by showcasing their artistic talents and preparing them for the future.
Additional goals for M3 include building a bridge between established and young aspiring artists and raising money for its scholarship fund. There have been challenges facing the foundation such as its founder having to operate between Columbus and Toledo. Major support is provided by the foundation’s board consisting of friends and family with musical and artistic interests in the youth around the city. The board has worked to build participation through sponsorship and community talent involvement, which has contributed to impressive turnouts for the past two years.
This year I will host the event and participate as an artist, contributing one of my jewelry pieces in the silent auction. Every artist showcased at the event will contribute proceeds from sales to the Charles W. McDaniels Scholarship. This event is open to the public, $10 admission for adults and $5 for students. I spoke with Roberts about M3.
Martini Rox: What are your future goals for My Music Is Major Experience?
Jelise Roberts: In the future My Music is Major would like to branch more into the schools and work with local organizations to help them with the music department. We are in the process of building a list of professionals and organizations where young musicians and artists can get lessons and mentoring. We are also looking to partner with organizations to help provide instruments to students.
Rox: How can people who want to help encourage young artists get involved and help?
Roberts: My Music is Major needs the support of the community. Our annual fundraiser not only gives our youth a platform to showcase their creative abilities, but it also raises money for scholarships and to help provide them with the tools they need to enhance their creative abilities. We are asking everyone to help our youth’s creative voices be heard by going to www.mymusicismajor.org and making a donation.
Or, if you are an artist or musician we are asking that you contact us at email@example.com and give us your information so that you can become a mentor or give lessons. All it takes is for someone to believe in our youth and let them know that they can, and to nurture their gifts.
We want to bridge the gap between the seasoned creatives and our young creatives.
Join the M3 movement and help creative voices be heard!
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