By the close of the event, $18,000 in donations were raised by the competing teams and spectators who joined the organization for a night of bowling, music and arcade games. Proceeds from Music Row Madness benefit the year’s nonprofit SOLID Shares partners; W.O. Smith Music School, Porter’s Call, the Black Music Action Coalition (BMAC), the National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM), and Hope on the Row.
“We’ve got an awesome SOLID team and it’s a total joy putting these events together for the community to support these incredible organizations,” says Leah Binkerd, who co-chaired the event with Guy Evans.
“I’m so proud of the hard work our chairs Leah & Guy and their committee directed into ‘putting a new spin’ on this annual fundraiser,” says Erin Pettit, SOLID President. “Thank you to the Music Row Madness team, our board, our organization and, most importantly, this music community who participated in rallying together for such a great cause. We were excited to support our SOLID Shares partners with the money raised and look forward to keeping the tradition alive in 2024.”
SOLID launched 26 years ago with a vision to develop a community for music industry professionals to network and brainstorm together, while also providing educational opportunities for entry to mid-level professionals. The organization hosts educational panels, networking events and philanthropic opportunities throughout the year. It has also implemented programs to mentor hundreds of college students to date, launched the philanthropic initiative SOLID Shares, created a diversity and inclusion task force, raised over $468,000 for local charities, and accumulated over 500 hours of volunteer time to the Nashville community.
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