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Hamilton Music Collective: The Founder's Perspective |
Nine years ago we founded the Hamilton Music Collective. As a musician and former recording industry executive, who had just moved to Hamilton from New York City, I was soon introduced Hamilton's vibrant music scene and eclectic musical history. Inspired by my new hometown's strong musical identity it was a logical next step to form a music and education based organization, that would allow me to continue to work in my field and realize the ideas that had been on my mind for some time. A young musician on stage in the Jambassadors program. Astrid Hepner (right) Photo: Scott Gardner The Hamilton Music Collective (HMC) was incorporated as a non-profit organization in 2008 with the support of a local group of musicians, educators and community supporters, who were passionate about music and believed in its transformative power. The organization's mandate was (and continues to be) to invigorate Hamilton's music scene through professional live performances, education initiatives, events,