The ears of this world have long held a beautiful and passionate love for music. Music holds the power to speak to us, make us feel, cause us to remember, and sometimes, to forget. It repeatedly comes to life within us through countless waves of new talent, and a continuance of old - and it will undoubtedly thrive in our hearts forever. It's no wonder, then, that the colossal industry pulls in over $50 billion a year - all in the name of a harmonious love for music.
But even a vast worldwide network such as the music industry can be expected to hit a few wrong notes every once in awhile. Yet until fairly recent times, individuals and groups alike within the music world had no established support system to turn to in times of need. Many would begin their journey in the business, only to find themselves stuck for various reasons, while others had the passion and ambition to embark on the same journey, without sufficient means or resources to get ahead. When people began to recognize the matter, an immense sense of unity prevailed and brought together a number of organizations with hopes to address welfare issues within the music community.
Today, countless individuals and groups hold up the music business - not only with an immense amount of talent, but with the said support in all variations. The Grammy Association, is one such model of charity, regularly hosting events to benefit people in the music world through a program called MusiCares . Whether it's to come to the aid of people in times of need, or to advance their situation through fundraising and education, the Grammy Association, along with many others, make the music world a better place by focusing the resources of the industry itself onto those who make it what it is - and those who will follow in their footsteps.
While a love for music may be all it takes to light the spark of pursuit in hopeful musicians everywhere, encouragement in its range of forms is essential towards igniting this spark to full splendour. This is what the Grammy Association had in mind when it paired up with Hilton Hotels to make a difference. Together, they unveiled a grand piano which was to embark on a one-year, eight-city US tour in the name of music education - stopping in cities such as San Francisco, Chicago, Atlanta, and New York, among others. On its way, the instrument would begin a unity of passion for music by collecting the signatures of musicians from all over the world. Now, after some months ‘on the road, ’ the piano is already adorned with over 75 signatures, including those of artists like Stevie Wonder, Bruce Springsteen, and Chris Martin of Coldplay. A $1000 donation has been pledged to the Grammy Foundation for every musician who signs the piano - again, all for the love of music.
This love has surely existed for an eternity. But with efforts like these, and a relentless passion for song and melody, the world of music will undeniably grow with a vividness and strength like no other - hitting the highest of notes along the way.