Tommy Trash donates $30,000 to music education organization Little Kids Rock
Tommy Trash is not only a respected producer and DJ, but a philanthropist as well. The Australian artist headlined BeachGlow’s for-charity Atlantic City music festival this year, which benefited Little Kids Rock, a nonprofit that offers free music instruction and instruments to public schools across the nation. The festival was unfortunately cut short due to inclement weather, but Trash teamed up with BeachGlow this week to make a $30,000 donation to the same national nonprofit. Trash ensured that the donation, made in the name of his entertainment company Trashed Music, Inc., would go towards under-served and inner-city students in the Atlantic City and Philadelphia area.
“I was excited to be a part of BeachGlow Music Festival because of its charitable goal of producing a music festival to raise money for worthy causes,” Trash said. “Wind, rain, and hail forced an evacuation, but my collaboration with BeachGlow means we’re bringing a sunny day to Little Kids Rock.”
Little Kids Rock encourages musical education for children by organizing workshops as lessons to learn musical instruments. The organization brings free weekly “Modern Band” lessons to more than 170,000 public school students, thanks to 1,200 teachers throughout the United States. The New Jersey-based nonprofit is estimated to have served 320,000 children total.
David Wish, founder of Little Kids Rock, expressed thanks for the gift, stating “BeachGlow is such an amazing organization, the brainchild of a teenager who had the vision to harness the power of music to help make a positive difference in the world. We are hugely grateful to both Tommy Trash and BeachGlow for this donation and look forward to bringing the transformational gift of music to many more inner-city kids as a result of their generosity.”
BeachGlow was founded four years ago by 20-year old Dane Kunkel. In addition to serving charitable causes in his native New Jersey, funds raised by BeachGlow have gone to Harmony Ministries in Haiti, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, and the American Red Cross.
“Tommy Trash is a class act and I’m proud to be associated with him,” said Kunkel. “Trashed Music, Little Kids Rock, and BeachGlow all believe in the significant role music plays as a universal language in the lives of young people, and I’m thrilled we all have the common goal of making it available to every public school student.”