GrandStand Music Festival unifies Grand Rapids community members and organizations in a stand against sex trafficking through music. This event, taking place on May 5th at the International Ballroom of the JW Marriott, will include musical performances and speakers from various organizations. Resource tables from organizations will be at the event for people to visit and learn more about how they can recognize and help stop human trafficking. $5 of each ticket will be donated to our partner organization, the Michigan Abolitionist Project.
This afternoon of food and music addresses a heavy topic in a hopeful, fun, and inspiring setting. It provides a platform for musicians to advocate for victims of human trafficking and draw in new audiences to learn about the cause. This year’s obstacle will be our lack of name recognition in the community, which we will overcome because our many well-established partner organizations and musicians will advertise and promote the event.
This annual event will aid anti-human trafficking organizations in broadening their volunteer base and raising funds for their work. This will help keep people out of the sex trafficking industry and provide services for survivors. This event unifies many organizations in a cohesive effort that will have a greater impact than each could have individually. By educating audiences, we will increase consciousness of the issue and empower the Grand Rapids community to protect all its members.
What I Will Do With $5,000
$5,000 would allow us to cover the entirety of the audio and visual needs for the concert, as well as the artist fees that have not yet been met through sponsorships. This will allow us to use any additional funds raised this year to help with the expenses of pursuing 501(c)(3) status. This would free us to expand our program to include more artists and speakers, apply for grants, accept more donations, and subsequently offer tickets at a lower cost next year.