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Rapper and Producer Swizz Beatz Uniting Music and Kids!

Swizz Beatz knows how important music is to our children's future.
Swizz Beatz knows how important music is to our children's future.Antoine Verglas

Swizz Beatz born Kasseem David Dean is an American recording artist and producer. Beatz began producing at the age of 16 and sold his first beat at 17 which then became DMS’s hit single “Ruff Ryders Anthem” He began working with multiple artists and production groups including Roc-A-Fella Records, Ruff Ryders and Bad Boy Entertainment to name a few. Beatz has his own record label which has worked on albums for artists like Jay-Z and 50 Cent. Beatz releases his first solo album in 2007 entitled One Man Band Man and his second album Naute Living is on the way. Beatz released his latest single last November “Everyday Birthday” featuring Chris Brown and Ludacris.

Music Unites  is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing music education to kids in underfunded inner city school systems. The goal is to connect children and adults through music by providing communities with a rich musical experience. Music Unites has many different programs in which people of all ages can enjoy the magic of music including: The Empowering Woman Through Music Initiative which does exactly as it states, helping female artists establish themselves in the music industry, The Music Unites Choir which is an after school vocal ensemble, and many performance opportunities helping new audiences discover a variety of musical styles and genres.

 

Interview Conducted Via Email By: Giacinta Pace

Introduction By: Meg Zrini

Q: What is your cause and how did you get involved?

Swizz: I've always had a passion for youth and the arts, so when I heard about what Music Unites was doing for children and arts programs, I wanted to get involved.

Q: What is the most important thing people should know about this charity?

Swizz: My most important goal is helping to create outlets for expression, from music programs in schools to art programs in our hospitals.  However we can impact a child's life through the arts I support fully!!!

Q: What is the charity working on right now?

Swizz: We are focused on our Music Unites “Five Borough Campaign”, creating an after school music program in a school in each of NYC's five boroughs. We are currently launching our first Los Angeles program at Centennial High School in Compton end of this month. The goal is to set up Music Unites Academy's similar to a community center where students can come to study, record and practice music in these creative facilities -- a safe haven for all Music Unites students. We hope to start our first orchestra in Las Vegas since there is a huge revitalization in arts education in downtown Vegas thanks to Tony Hsieh's Downtown Project and expand our programs to other cities including Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Chicago, and Washington, DC. We'd love to be able to one day also help send our gifted students to college through setting up a scholarship program.

Q: Anything else you would like to add?

 Swizz: Our children are the future!! We have to be willing to support organizations that ultimately affect the youth of today.