Band Together is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that uses live music as a platform for social change. We have been a force of positive change and impact in the Triangle community for 15 years. Following the tragic events on 9/11, our founders decided to be the change they wanted to see in the world. They co-founded what has become, to date, a philanthropic machine in the Triangle.
A key reason for the success of Band Together is our partnerships with local nonprofits. Every year, after a rigorous vetting process, Band Together chooses a different Triangle nonprofit in need. Since September 11, 2001, under the leadership of a great Board and driven by a team of dynamic volunteers, Band Together has donated more than $6.5 million to nearly 20 Triangle nonprofits, including Special Olympics, Operation Smile, Stop Hunger Now, Food Bank of Eastern NC, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Triangle, SAFEchild, The Lucy Daniels Center for Early Childhood, StepUP Ministry, Alliance Medical Ministry, Urban Ministries of Wake County, Tammy Lynn Center and Communities In Schools of Durham and Communities In Schools of Wake County. Our 2016 partnership is with Kidznotes.
Band Together has made some monumental steps forward in the evolution of the organization. In 2010, the first Advisory Board was formed and is comprised of a group of energetic community leaders and music lovers committed to the success of Band Together. In 2012 we hired our first Executive Director, Matt Strickland, who is helping take the organization to even dizzier heights. In 2014 we topped the $3.5 million mark in dollars has raised to benefit the Triangle community. And in 2015 we added a program manager, raised $2 million with StepUp Ministry, and surpassed $5.5 in total dollars raised for our community.
Looking to the future, we hope that you will join our band of volunteers, staff and partners to continue to make the Triangle the best place to live in the country. We also need your support and involvement as we venture to become the largest annual philanthropic music festival in the Southeast.