At the end of January 2010, 40 youth musicians come together only two weeks after the earthquake in Haiti. Musicians played in the streets of downtown Mill Valley and on stage of the Masonic auditorium to a sold out crowd. For several of these musicians it was their first time on stage. For others it offered a way for them not only to share a longstanding passion but also to engage in service. Their efforts helped to raise over $11,000 for Doctors Without Borders. The theme of this concert was “Save Lives”. We believe that the youth musicians and volunteers did just that. The musicians saw first hand the power of performance, and learned that they could make a meaningful difference.
The second concert was held on May 30 in the plaza of downtown Mill Valley to support the efforts of Architecture for Humanity to rebuild schools in Haiti. Approximately fifteen groups of youth played as street musicians around town, and another twelve bands or musicians played in the Plaza. Live web streaming of the concert was provided by Justin.TV, with over 200,000 visits of the concert on the web.
With a generous matching grant from the Bezos Family Foundation, Youth Rock the Rebuild raised $27,000.
The third concert was in December 2010 at the Woods in Mill Valley (Currently the Sweetwater). Most of the musicians returned to the stage, and many youth volunteers helped to develop and manage the event.
Overall, nearly 100 musicians have played in YRR concerts. Together they have raised over $45,000 for schools, shelter and medical assistance.
In 2012, Youth Rock the Rebuild had an ambitious agenda of youth concerts and service. An overflow crowd enjoyed the concert at the Sweetwater in February, and an exceptional group of musicians supported the Windhorse Foundation at the Mill Valley Plaza in May. The much anticipated return to Sweetwater for World Peace Day was sold out on September 21.
Our heartfelt thanks goes out to the many volunteers and others who have given generously of their time, talent and resources to truly make a difference.
And to the youth musicians, there can be no doubt that your empathy, generosity, commitment and a willingness to share is profound, and that you have changed many lives for the better.