VanMarter Project Joins Empty Vessel Music to Give Back

VanMarter Project advocates The Music Matters Project – giving at risk youth free music education, appreciation and intervention in America’s inner cities.

Spokane, WA, December 19, 2011 --( VanMarter Project announces their partnership with Empty Vessel Music. EV is a 501(c)3 For Impact music company providing at risk and underserved children in inner cities with free music education, appreciation and intervention through a program called The Music Matters Project.

“We are thankful that VanMarter Project is making a real impact with their music and is supported by their label, Hydrus Media,” comments Gerry Van Mansfeld, EV’s Executive Director. The concept behind The Music Matters Project and its mentor-centric program addresses some of the major obstacles to a child’s social development in underserved urban areas. These obstacles include gang activity, economic depravity, drug abuse, lack of self-worth, loss of hope, loss of aspirations, and mental health issues.

VanMarter Project encourages their fan base to sponsor a child in the program with a sponsorship of $38.00 or more per month to help provide the child with a musical instrument, lessons and mentorship. The goal of Empty Vessel Music is to increase the program to reach 1500 children in each of its service areas. VanMarter Project is helping the program raise 200K per location per year to accomplish this goal.

“Music has always been a way to address social issues,” states Travis Swanson, President of Hydrus Media. “Entertainers and Artists have always been at the forefront in drawing attention to these issues and their fans are eager to help impact their world through music.” Hydrus Media is also in the process of scheduling a tour for VanMarter Project early 2012 to directly raise funds for local schools’ music and arts programs across the Pacific Northwest.

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Deann Shepherd