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'Music Unites' hosts 'MusicVersity,' which teaches students the music industry virtually / Spectrum News 1

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Working to empower high school students through music education, Music Unites is a nonprofit foundation founded by Michelle Edgar, an agent at ICM Partners in Global Branded Entertainment and Concerts. The nonprofit just launched its summer program, Music Unites: Summer 2020 MusicVersity, in partnership with the Compton Unified School District.

A Nonprofit company, Music Unites is hosting their free summer event, MusicVersity, virtually. The organization used obstacles created by COVID-19 as fuel to create a great online program. Program participants will learn about aspects of the music industry and life-skills. Music Unites' goal is to help educate and support at-risk high school students through music in order to teach them lasting life skills. The summer program, MusicVersity, is free and available to students online. 

"The daily news has been our greatest obstacle. ...As laws change, we change," said Paige Powell, the press director for Music Unites. "We are having to adjust and pivot daily, but with the unknown future of education this fall, we want to lead the charge in providing music education solutions as it goes virtual." 

MusicVersity is entirely online, allowing all students across the country to be able to join classes, not just local students. The program features music industry professionals who will teach virtual lessons to students, including Taylor Swift's music director, Linda Perry, and jazz artist Jon Batiste of Columbia Records.

Edgar said that one of the most important components in the program are the professors teaching the classes offered. 

"Our performers and professors have decades of experience and insights to share with students eager to get their foot in the door. In the music industry, there's nothing as valuable as mentorship and honest advice," said Edgar.