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Students to benefit from GraceKennedy, Marley Foundation collaboration

Published:Wednesday | September 21, 2016 | 9:00 AM

Students from under-resourced communities in the corporate area will be the main beneficiaries of the Marley Music Room which was officially opened in downtown Kingston on September 14.

Furnished at a cost of $1.5 million, the Marley Music Room Project is the result of a collaboration between the Bob Marley Foundation and the Grace and Staff Community Development Foundation, the outreach arm of the GraceKennedy Group.

The music room is located at the GraceKennedy/Parade Gardens Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Centre along Water Lane. Equipped with a variety of musical instruments, including guitars, drums, keyboards, and recorders, the facility aims to develop the students' music skills and lay the foundation for further educational and vocational development.

Music lessons will be delivered by the Alpha Institute and discussions have begun to identify opportunities to collaborate with the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts.

 

IDEALS AND GOALS

 

The brainchild of Cedella Marley, daughter of the late reggae superstar and CEO of the Bob Marley Foundation, the Marley Music Room creates opportunities for children who might not otherwise have had a place to learn and practise music.

This is in keeping with the Bob Marley Foundation's mandate to contribute to the development of arts and culture in perpetuating the spiritual, cultural, social and musical ideals and goals that guided and inspired the reggae icon during his lifetime.

"This continues our partnership with GraceKennedy. the alignment of the two foundations gives us the ability to ramp up the speed at which we are able to deliver on our objectives," said Marie Bruce, general manager of the Bob Marley Foundation.

"The Grace and Staff Community Development Foundation is already within the communities, and we are pleased to be able to work with and through them to get music into the hands of children," she added.

James Moss-Solomon, chairman of the Grace and Staff Community Development Foundation, said, "There is relevance and a relationship between science and music. Developing the students' musical abilities can also lead to a better understanding of mathematical concepts and a deeper appreciation of the sciences, which is what we are trying to achieve at the STEM Centre," Moss-Solomon said.