Community Engage Evenings
- At the beginning of each Band Class Session, we hold a Community Engage Evening at which students present to each other charities and causes that are important to them.
- Students explain how they learned about the charities, what needs are met by the organizations and why they feel it is important to support the organizations.
- Also during the evening, an adult whose work involves using the arts to effect social change speaks with the students.
- At the end of the evening, students vote to determine the recipient charitable organization for the concert.
- One of the most important aspects of Plugged In is the emphasis placed on showing students how they can use music to better the world.
- The concerts at the end of each session raise money for charitable organizations chosen by the students.
- Our goal is to provide role models for the students of ways to include philanthropy in their lives and careers.
Benefit Concert Series
- At the end of each session, students participate in three evenings of performances.
- Regardless of whether a student is on stage or in the audience during a performance, electricity and excitement is felt in the air.
- Students performing feel like professional musicians and the students in the audience cheer them on and support the performers.
- Tickets and swag are sold during the evening and the profit is donated to the charity chosen during the Community Engage Evening.
- Plugged In students are invited to perform at many community and non-profit organization events, such as:
- 4th of July Parade
- Needham Street Fairs
- New Years Needham Celebration
- Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration
- Walker Schoool
- These performances are optional and voluntary.
- Students can perform with their bands, by themselves and/or with students from other bands.
Summer Camp Performances
- One of the most important aspects of Plugged In is the emphasis placed on using music to better the world.
- Plugged In models this concept by turning the “recital” at the end of each session into a benefit concert for a charity chosen by the students.
- Our students choose that charity at Community Engage.
Harvard Square Busking
- Students bring their music straight to the public during this offsite performance.
- Busking gives our students a unique and fun performance experience.
Summer Benefit Concert
- This is the performance we work so hard for each session.
- Students perform with their bands for friends and family while raising awareness and funds for the charity of their choice.
Annual Benefit Concerts
- Each year we hold two fundraisers to help support Plugged In.
- Sometimes we have corporate sponsored events play in an exciting public performance space.
- Sometimes we host professional bands and host an event.
- Beginning in the fall of 2013 we launched phase 1 of our Capital Campaign to raise funds to buy a permanent home for Plugged In.
- During our first, silent phase, we raised over $100,000 to make the purchase.
- Now, having moved in and running classes, phase 2, our public phase, will begin.
- Our goal is to raise another $300,000 over the next two years through private donations and other means.
- To receive information on our campaign please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.