Prince & the New (Education) Revolution

“The key to longevity is to learn every aspect of music that you can.” – Prince 

Two weeks ago, we were all stunned when we heard the news about Prince’s death. Really. Just…..stunned.

While we’ve been binge listening to Purple Rain, 1999, Parade, Love Symbol Album, and so much more in the days since his death; we’ve been learning a lot about his life outside of the studio.

A huge portion of that life revolved around a massive and anonymous generation to other musicians and to music education efforts around the country. While Full Compass does our own philanthropy efforts for music education, we’ve really been inspired by what we’re learning about Prince and his love for sharing the beauty of music with younger generations.

He donated $40,000 to Delray Beach’s Plumosa School Of The Arts to help provide music instruments, cases, and even helping keep the lights on for the school.

A few years ago, Prince found out about teenagers Rashad and Tashad Gardenhire, a set of musically talented twins who were struggling through several foster homes and living out of their car at one point. Prince donated $10,000 to help get their lives heading in the right direction and off the streets so they could focus on making music and teaching others.

Eventually, they made it on to FOX’s The X-Factor.

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Photo curtesy of Arts Garage

Through his charity “Love 4 One Another,” he anonymously donated millions of dollars to music education organizations, community outreach programs and schools across the country.

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Photo Courtesy: Instagram

There still aren’t a lot of  answers as far as why he was so giving and concerned about ensuring kids had a quality music education available to them. I have one guess in the form of one, slightly vague quote from him when he was asked by a reporter to “Expand on your thoughts about music.”

“Music is music, ultimately. If it makes you feel good, cool.” 

It’s just enough of an answer to keep you wanting more….just like his music.

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