Music Changes Young Lives

By: Elizabeth Donatelli
By: Elizabeth Donatelli

June 9, 2005

The Music Resource Center helps talented kids realize their ambitions, and today it's celebrating it's 10th Anniversary. One of the original members describes how it changed his life.

"If I had never started at the resource center, I would most likely be working at a gas station somewhere trying to pay bills and go to college at the same time," said hip-hop artist Larry Williams, one of the first members of the Music Resource Center.

Instead, Williams has a manager from BET, nearing signing with a major record label, and is almost finished with a degree in bio-technology.

"None of us would have had the opportunity, they basically gave us a chance, something that we couldn't get from anyone else," said Williams.

MRC caters to every interest--from emerging rappers to soulful singers to banjo players.

"It provides a place for kids from completely different backgrounds to come together in one area and have something in common," said MRC Outreach Coordinator Damani Harrison.

MRC doesn't just focus on guitar lessons and mixing beats, students must keep-up with their grades as well.

"That's an incentive to make my grades better because when I have good grades I can come here more often," said member Ari Berne.

"It's way better to have something to do after school because sometimes you just get bored of staying in one place at one time," said member Josh Griffin.

Another member credits MRC for helping her go to college for dance.

"They really encourage me to dance more, be open more," said Amber Smith.

"They keep me going. Every time I feel like giving up they put a hand on my shoulder and tell me it's ok to keep going," said Berne.

For it's 10th anniversary both alumni and current members shared the stage for a talent show.

There are over 600 members of the program and between 25 and 30 rehearse there every day.


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