Music Unites Event Goes Straight Into Compton

This Friday, April 29th from 3 to 3:30pm and Saturday, April 30th, from 9:30 to 2pm, Music Unites Academy will have a painting event at Kelly Elementary School at 2320 E. Alondra Boulevard in Compton. This event is a partnership with the Compton Unified School District.

Event Poster
Event Poster

Featured speakers include We Day’s  motivational speaker Tina Ingemi, Epic Records John Lindahl, Compton recording artist Buddy, composer Chloe Flower and singer Mali Nicole. Special thanks goes to Find Your Grind Foundation, Coupla Guys and Gals, We Day, Love Suja, and all the featured speakers.

 

From left to right: Manuel Castaneda music teacher at centennial High, musical artist John Lindhal, and Dr. Jacqueline Sanderlin, of the Community and Collaborative Partnerships of the Compton Unified School District.
From left to right: Manuel Castaneda, music teacher at centennial High, musical artist John Lindhal, and Dr. Jacqueline Sanderlin, of the Community and Collaborative Partnerships of the Compton Unified School District.
John and his agent Nikki Wheeler from ICM partners
John and his agent Nikki Wheeler from ICM partners
John and Dr. Jacqueline Sanderlin

 

None of this would be possible without the efforts of Michelle Edgar, the accomplished founder and CEO of Music Unites.

“This partnership with Music Unites has been a game changer for us in Compton! With Michelle Edgar on board, we have been able to enhance curriculum with the arts for every child. This partnership seeks to increase innovative opportunities and access for students of the Compton Unified School District,” said Dr. Jacqueline Sanderlin, of the Community and Collaborative Partnerships.

Executing game-changing entertainment partnerships, and withholding a track record for enhancing major brands, Edgar is a renowned entertainment executive who is recognized for orchestrating collaborations between music, entertainment and marketing. Edgar was the Strategic Business Development Director at Frukt, a creative agency where she creates strategic partnerships between Businesses and entertainment brands. Edgar came to the Frukt with a wide-range of experiences working at Quest Management, KIDinaKORNER, Redlight Management, Warner Bros. Records.

 

Michelle Edgar, Founder and CEO of Music Unites
Michelle Edgar, Founder and CEO of Music Unites

Michelle has made her mark in the music industry and is known for successfully creating innovative marketing platforms and campaigns for artists including, Alicia Keys, Mariah Carey, Dave Matthews, Lionel Richie, Imagine Dragons, Skylar Grey, X Ambassadors, Tiesto, Gary Clark Jr., Theophilus London, in addition to consulting on tour and festival sponsorships and activations, endorsements, licensing and new product development.

Michelle with actor David Arquette with Centennial High School in Compton's symphony orchestra at the one year anniversary of the Music Unites' program
Michelle with actor David Arquette and Centennial High School in Compton’s symphony orchestra at the one year anniversary of the Music Unites’ program

Her passion for music led her to further work with artists including, Swizz Beatz, Eve, Sting, Mark Ronson, Melanie Fiona, and Peter Bjorn & John to host events for her charity Music Unites, a non-profit organization that funds sustainable music education programs in underserved public schools nationwide. Edgar brought in corporate sponsorships to support the cause from brands like Rolling Stone, Pepsi, Axe, Garnier, Bebe and OK magazine. Music Unites’ programs are based in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. Swizz Beatz and DJ Skee are Music Unites artist ambassadors.

In 2013, she also founded the XX Project, an invitation-only monthly speakers group for women who are leaders in their industries. Inspired by the TED talks and Northwestern’s Council of One Hundred, a mentoring group for female alumni, she hopes the XX Project will help professional women build business connections and share their experiences in male-dominated industries.

The multi-talented Edgar began her career in media as beauty director at OK magazine, where she developed revenue-producing strategic partnerships that align brands with music and film talent tied to major entertainment franchises from Oscar’s, Grammy’s and fashion week. Michelle is a renowned leader in bringing together different industries to take their platforms to another level.

Principal Ronald Keaton of Kelly Elementary had this to say, “Kelly Elementary School is delighted to have the privilege of partnering with Music Unites.  The resources Music Unites is bringing to our school will provide our students and the entire school community with the opportunity to experience music in new and exciting ways.  It is important that our students are given opportunities to explore the world of music and the arts.  Not only do the arts allow students to be creative, but through music and the arts, students develop skills and tools that can lead to higher achievement in reading, math, and science.  It is also through music that our students can learn to appreciate the uniqueness of the people around them and the beauty of living in such a diverse world.”

More info about Music Unites and all the great work they are doing at http://www.musicunites.org/

Vida G.

Vida G.

Vida is an actress and journalist who lives in Los Angeles, California. She is the co-founder of the Hollywood Press Corps.

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