This time last year, UNC senior Liam Hanson came to Professor David Garcia, Musical Empowerment’s faculty advisor, with the idea of organizing a music festival.
As the co-chairperson of the teacher relations committee for the organization, Hanson wanted to spread awareness about Musical Empowerment and garner support from the community.
Musical Empowerment is a national student organization with a chapter at UNC. It provides music lessons and instruments at no cost to children in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro community who would not be able to afford them otherwise.
The organization is partnering with Carolina Performing Arts to host the event this Saturday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the CURRENT ArtSpace on Franklin Street. The event is free, as the organizers said they wanted to keep it accessible to the public.
Garcia said the most important aspect of the organization is the commitment and dedication that UNC students and instructors have for the mission of Musical Empowerment.
“It's something that we here in the Department of Music, faculty, staff as well as students really value — that is the music education obviously — but also providing support for families regardless of their income, abilities or inabilities to share music and musical instruction with their children,” he said.
Tess McGrinder, a senior and co-president of Musical Empowerment, said the organization has three central components: free one-on-one music lessons, an instrument lending program and teacher-mentor enrichment programs.
McGrinder said she is always enthusiastic when people on the leadership team take up new projects or pursue things they are creative and passionate about.
Lately, the organization has been hosting fundraising events in anticipation of the mini-festival, along with guest speakers and teacher support groups.