EDM and PLUR

Scholarship Entrant: Andrew from Portland, OR
Essay Question: If you could earn a living doing what you love most, what would it be, and how would it change the world? Describe the specific goals you would set to make that dream a reality.
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To follow in the footsteps of my idols would enable me to impact the social world through music. Musicians like John Lennon and individuals like Mahatma Gandhi have influenced my world view and my outlook on morality and ethics so thoroughly that to use music to spread messages of peace, acceptance, compassion, and respect would fulfill my wildest dreams. The world of electronic music is the optimal medium for these messages, as they already lie at the heart of EDM (Electronic Dance Music) culture.
Starting in the 80s, the electronic dance scene was found hidden away in abandoned warehouses, hence the term “House Music,” though today it has been very successfully commercialized, with artists selling out stadiums and massive music festivals like Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC), Paradiso, Tomorrowland, and others drawing crowds of tens of thousands.
At any of these heart-pumping shows you will find an abundance of love and acceptance. Young men and women will dress up and paint themselves with hearts and peace signs, hands will be held in the air, and you will hear the word ‘PLUR’ exchanged innumerable times.
PLUR stands for Peace, Love, Unity, and Respect. The EDM culture is one of love and beauty, and it is important to carry these values forward into our generation’s future.
In the words of Gandhi, “you must be the change you wish to see in the world.”

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