The McDowell Mountain Music Festival

by Sam Hofer on March 9, 2015

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By Sam Hofer

The McDowell Mountain Music Festival is one of the most popular music festivals based out of Arizona to date. They attract many headlining artists in the alternative scene such as The Flaming LipsThe Shins, The Roots, The Black Crowes and Slightly Stoopid. The large crowds that flock to see these bands enjoy more than the benevolent sound waves bouncing on their eardrums, but also the warm Arizona breeze heating up their souls.

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What sets MMMF apart from similar music festivals is the pure generosity of it. One-hundred-percent of the profits of this music festival go to two local charities in Arizona: The Phoenix Children’s Hospital and UMOM New Day Centers. The Phoenix Children’s Hospital was started back in 1983 and specializes in 70 different subspecialties of pediatric care. They have 1,000 pediatric specialists who have helped countless children overcome a multitude of illnesses.

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Founded in 1964, the UMOM New Day Centers are homeless shelters based in Arizona that help families and individuals who are struggling with homelessness get a safe place to stay, shower and live for a while. They get clean water and good, hot food to eat. One of their biggest goals is to keep families together. They want to give these families the best platform to succeed in life after the shelter.

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The McDowell Mountain Music Festival is paving the way for generosity and music to go hand and hand. They have been running for 12 years and they are still going strong. That is just a testament to how effective this business model is for maintaining a movement, but also for helping others.

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