Music Makes Me Happy – Philly 2016!

Music Makes Me Happy – Philly 2016!

Philadelphia, PA [March 2016]  — During Black History Month, Music Makes Me Happy (MMMH), a network of music lovers who create, connect, and care hosted a networking experience and fundraiser for its youth outreach program.

Music Makes Me Happy brought together almost 250 artists, activists, and educators for a night of social change and civic engagement through music appreciation. The event held at Indigo Bleu Design & Culture Center (3870 Lancaster Ave, Philadelphia), featured refreshments courtesy of 48 Street Grille, an open bar sponsored by Jack Daniels, live art, and an interactive panel discussion.

The panel, moderated by performance artist educator-activist Joshua Nelson, included Carvin Haggins, Grammy Award Winning and Multi-Platinum Selling Songwriter and Producer; Gregory “Just Greg” Corbin, Founder and Executive Director of Philly Youth Poetry Movement; Hip-Hop and Radio Pioneer Lady B of Old School 100.3 FM; Hip Hop Artist Chill Moody; and Aisha Winfield the CEO of Jr. Music Executives. Several arts organizations also exhibited their featured works including The Future Project, Portside Arts Center, Art Reach, Art Sphere and several others. Professional painter  Nile Livingston serenaded the room, while NYC mixologist DJ Soul provided additional melodies throughout the night. Local Philadelphia artist, Joie Kathos treated the audience to a live music performance accompanied by Jacqueline Constance.

The ticketed event raised $2,500 for MMMH’s music empowerment programs in Philadelphia, Atlanta, and Los Angeles. Music Makes Me Happy’s Founder, Joshua Dingle, was touched by the success of the event.

“I was overwhelmed by the amount of support that we received from the Philadelphia community, especially from those who were unfamiliar with our organization. It was a wonderful feeling knowing that our mission and message resonated with so many,” said Dingle.

Dingle himself knows the importance of music and credits it to changing his life. From ages three to 12, Dingle was verbally impaired due to a severe stuttering disorder. At 12 he was introduced to music and theatre arts where he honed his speaking abilities. Watch his story here

For more information and for media requests, please contact Danielle P. Jeter (dpjeter@gmail.com) at 267-562-2179.

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