Creating positive change through music
WHAT MAKES US SPECIAL?
Our Mission, Vision, Values and Impact
Plugged In is a non-profit music program committed to creating an inclusive, loving, and diverse community empowered to change the world. We educate musicians in a non-competitive environment, and provide band and individual performance opportunities in support of community and charitable causes.
Plugged In combines music education, philanthropy and diversity in a creative and collaborative environment where students gain music education, self-esteem, connection and community and are prepared for a life of civic participation in an inclusive society.
Create an inclusive and comprehensive community for young musicians, including those with special needs. Plugged In will offer programming to keep young musicians busy and engaged through music education, performance, and community and charitable involvement.
An inclusive community that rocks the world
At 11 years old, I had music in my heart, and I wanted that music to reach people. Plugged In was the perfect opportunity for me. The program allowed me to express myself, and channeled my energy towards good causes at every benefit concert.
I learned so much about those causes and the social issues behind them, about music, about working creatively as part of a team, and about myself. Plugged In showed me my own voice. I joined up as a vocalist and keyboard player, and ended up dabbling in guitar.
At 14, I had written ten original songs (some of which touched on war, genocide, and gay rights) and recorded them in a studio recommended by Tom and Sandra. I overcame stage fright, and found I could talk spontaneously and perform in front of large groups of people. I became a much more outgoing person, comfortable with myself, and confident in myself.
Now, I’m a sophomore at Smith College and I’m working for a socially conscious organization. Music has been pushed to the back burner, for now…but I’m still finding the time to teach myself accordion.