Newly Launched “Grounded in Music” Program Seeks Community’s Support with a November 5th Fundraiser at Antone’s in Austin, Texas

(dateline – Oct 18, 2007; source: Juice Consulting) — On Monday, November 5, 2007, Grounded in Music will host its first benefit concert to raise money to support its’ number one mission: “to inspire children to turn to music as a hobby, career, outlet, or alternative to life on the streets.”

The concert will be held at Antone’s located at 213 W. 5th Street in Austin. Featured artists will include Adam Hood, Sonny Burgess, Doug Moreland, Jason Allen, Josh Grider, Owen Temple, Justin Johnson, Ryan Turner, Ryan James, Kyle Park and many more.

Tickets can be purchased online at for $10.00. Doors open at 8 p.m. and show time begins at 9 p.m. All proceeds from this event will be used to purchase musical instruments for under-privileged youth, provide education in musicianship, teach music theory, as well as offer music-related opportunities outside of performance.

Grounded in Music was founded in early 2007 in Austin, Texas by industry professionals Joe Stallone (Legal Attorney of Bracewell & Giuliani Law firm), Jeff Kreinik (Director of Sales and Marketing for Front Gate Tickets), Zach Baker (Owner of The Jiles Agency), Michael McKinley (CEO of Made Creative Management), and Matt Hoffman (Legal Attorney of Duane Morris LLP. The organization is headed up by Executive Director, Jacquelyn Sorcic.

The non-profit works with underprivileged youth within the Boys & Girls Club system to expose youth to music starting in grade four and continuing through grade 12. The newly established foundation is a clear-cut solution to the rising cutbacks in music programs in schools in Austin and across the country.

“Music offers many positive benefits and GIM is committed to offering music to children who may not have access to it,” states Stallone. “Statistics show that students that are involved in music programs perform better academically in the areas of math and reading in their early years and also score higher on the SATs in the areas of math and verbal, regardless of their socio-economic background.”

The founders of GIM believe that exposing youth to music at a young age and providing underprivileged children the opportunity to immerse themselves in music increases academic performance, helps build good character and is a major contributor to the positive individual they can become. “Sadly, public schools across the nation are cutting back on music programs and some are even eliminating them altogether from their core curriculum,” said Stallone. “Grounded in Music’s sole mission is to inspire children to turn to music as a hobby, career, outlet, or an alternative to life on the streets.”

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