Across two events this year spearheaded by the organization’s Community Outreach committee, SOLID (Society of Leaders in Development) has raised over $46,000 to be donated across five nonprofits through the organization’s philanthropic initiative, SOLID Shares. The 2023 partners who will receive these funds include the 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.
In May, SOLID held its annual Music Row Madness bowling tournament which brought in over $18,000. At the organization’s 37th annual Turkey Bowl Tournament on Nov. 18, SOLID raised over $25,000. Additionally, $3,000 was generously contributed to the total in memory of former SOLID Board member Matt Alese, who passed away earlier this year. This donation was made possible by Alese’s family and friends.
“As an alumnus and board member, Matt was an individual that leaned in and stepped up to the plate,” says Erin Pettit, SOLID President. “He was a support system for so many in our organization. Even when he was flying under the radar, his influence lifted up those around him. We are grateful that his friends, family and colleagues gathered in his memory to raise funds for our organization. His light will continue to shine on our outreach, endeavors and membership.”
The total amount raised will be divided evenly among the five selected SOLID Shares organizations. These organizations reinforce the tenets of SOLID’s mission to improve the future of the music industry, strengthen professional relationships and serve the community.
“Through organizations like our five 2023 SOLID Shares Partners, every cent raised can make an impact in our community. It’s a huge honor to create lasting connections between our industry and these incredible nonprofits. We are so grateful for the willingness of our colleagues and friends in the music industry to step up and every opportunity to give back this year. Let’s raise even more in 2024,” says Leah Binkerd, SOLID Community Outreach Chair.
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