Community Engage Evenings
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. At the beginning of each 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. At the end of the evening, they vote to determine the recipient charitable organization for the concert. Also during the evening, an adult whose work involves using the arts to effect social change speaks with 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 the 4th of July parade, street fairs, New Years Needham celebration, Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration, Walker School, etc. These performances are optional and voluntary. Students can perform with their bands, by themselves and/or with students from other bands.
Summer Camp Performances
In addition, we run events to help support the Plugged In Band Program.
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 and 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 Sandra@pluggedinband.org