Kids of the Kingdom receives GUEST COLUMN donations through partnership

9/6/2017, noon | Updated on 9/6/2017, noon

Kids of the Kingdom receives donations through partnership

Chicago, Illinois - In a first-of-its-kind initiative, SocialWorks and audio engineering startup LANDR teamed up earlier this summer to give 75 kids in Chicago professional audio mastering courses. LANDR provides online software that allows people to master their own audio, and the courses offered through the partnership are valued at over $22,000.

SocialWorks provides instruction to the 75 participants through Kids of the Kingdom, a summer youth program in Chicago. Exposure to audio engineering can provide a foundation for new opportunities otherwise not available.

In addition to donating audio mastering classes,

LANDR pledged a portion of its earnings from June 6 - 20 to additional Kids of the Kingdom initiatives.

For each track new users mastered, LANDR donated $1. Through this partnership with LANDR, Kids of the Kingdom received over $10,400 in donations. This money will support young Chicagoans in following their music aspirations and sharing their stories with the world.

“The pursuit of creating art is a universally honest and necessary expression of our hopes, dreams, and emotions— art is rooted in our innate sense of curiosity, none more so than from the infinite imagination of our youth,” Chance the Rapper said in a statement. “However, these journeys of personal expression are never just black and white, and not every voice gets heard. That’s why SocialWorks and LANDR are launching a summer program to provide students in Chicago the necessary tools to tell their stories to the world. Together, we’ll shape the musicians of tomorrow, by supporting the kids today.”

Gladys Bennett, Chance the Rapper’s greatgrandmother,

founded Kids of the Kingdom (KOK) in 1977. KOK provides an outlet for Chicago-area youth for recreation and socialization by way of events, field trips and lesson plans.

For more information about supporting KOK, visit http://www.socialworkschi.org/kok.