Music that Changes the World

Scholarship Entrant: Taylor from Kinsey, AL
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.
Vote for Taylor: 59

I grew up in a small town in Alabama. The most common complaint you hear is “there’s nothing for us to do.” I have often said these words myself, until one day I decided I would change that. I decided that I would go to college, major in music business, and one day return to my hometown and open my own music venue/coffee shop. I want to have a safe and positive environment where people can spend their afternoons and their weekend nights. I have had this dream since I was in highschool, so I went for it. I am now in my junior year at University studying Music Business. After graduation, I hope to intern at several venues in order to gain hands-on experience, before starting out on my own.
You may be asking yourself, how will this change the world? I’m a big proponent of the idea that if you work on changing your sphere of influence, there is often a ripple effect. If I give a teenager a safe place to spend their Friday night or I give a local musician the opportunity to play in front of a crowd, maybe they will be inspired, maybe they will turn around and do the same—boom—changing the world one person as a time. In addition, I hope to partner my business with organizations around the world so that a portion of my profits goes towards helping people globally.

Vote for Taylor: 59

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