Nonprofit Founder, Music Unites
After graduating from Northwestern University, where Michelle Edgar trained as a concert pianist, she moved back to New York where she was disappointed to find such an electrifying city still segregated by genre, style, and idiom. She dreamed of an organization that might provide audiences with a unique, inclusive way to experience music in all its hues and flavors, while empowering the next generation of musicians. In her interview, Edgar talks about the process of starting a nonprofit and how it has evolved into one of the most influent music charities in the world.
Michelle Edgar is the founder and executive director of Music Unites, a nonprofit organization that funds sustainable music education programs in underserved US public schools.
Music Unites has produced over 20 events with artists including Swizz Beatz, Eve, Sting, Mark Ronson, Melanie Fiona, and Peter Bjorn & John at the U.N., Lincoln Center, and also produced a Rolling Stone music series.
Edgar’s passion for music education stems from her experience as a pianist. Edgar proclaims herself as a concert pianist at heart and has played the piano since she was 5 years old.
After working in the journalism field for a few years, first at Vanity Fair and later at Women’s Wear Daily, Edgar decided that music was missing from her life and decided to start her non profit from the ground up.
With some prior experience working for a homeless charity, Edgar, despite the naysayers, managed to build up Music Unites in the span of 5 years and collaborate with notable people in the music industry.
Michelle’s career has always combined her passion for the music, entertainment and marketing from her wide-range experiences working at OK!, WWD, Vanity Fair to Warner Bros. Records, CAA, ICM, IMG to EMI.