By Sam Hofer
EDM and charity are beginning to become closely associated as more and more huge EDM festivals are contrived with the mission statement of giving back. BeachGlow Music Festival was founded in 2011 by Dane Kunkel, a 16-year-old high school student who realized that music had a profound impact on the youth who listen to it.
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Dane began to work tirelessly to create what is now a nationally known event that donates 100% of its proceeds to an “adopted” charity. Meaning, the charity is chosen every year by the staff to support different causes. BeachGlow 2014 brought in 7,000 young adults to Wildwood Beach in New Jersey for sand, surf and food; accompanied by 10 amazing EDM artists and DJs. Last year’s event brought in over $40,000 that was immediately sent to the Red Cross to further the relief efforts of the devastation that Hurricane Sandy caused.
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This year however, the “adopted” charity’s selection was put in the hands of the people attending. The vote was cast and now an estimated 14,000 people will be listening to the music of 10 top EDM producers, with good food and drinks, games and of course, fireworks at night, all for the advance of Little Kids Rock; a charity which helps bring back much needed music programs into under-served elementary and middle schools across the country.
BeachGlow’s whole mission is to nurture the idea in young people that they can make a change in the world. They want to inspire young adults to get involved in social issues that may otherwise have gone unnoticed. By being a part of something huge, we begin to see that we can have an impact on the circumstances of others for the better. That’s why BeachGlow is a Good Sign.
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