The Low Income Housing Institute and Vulcan Inc. Partner with The Home Tour To Bring Free Live Concerts To Low Income Communities in Seattle
For Immediate Release – July 31, 2014 – The Home Tour (www.thehometour.org), which was launched in the Pacific Northwest in 2012 in coordination with Enterprise Community Partners, is partnering with the Low Income Housing Institute and Vulcan Inc. to bring live concerts to residents of LIHI housing developments in several Seattle neighborhoods between August 15 and August 18, 2014. The Home Tour will also perform live at Solid Ground’s Sandpoint and Brettler Family Place on August 14, with support from the The CoHo Team of Windermere Agents.
The Home Tour was founded in 2010 by singer-songwriter Mary McBride, who has partnered with more than 100 non-profit organizations worldwide to bring live concerts to supportive-housing communities, long-term health care centers for veterans, homeless shelters, senior apartments and homes for people with mental and physical disabilities. The audiences served reflect the city’s diverse populations and include families with children, recent immigrants, seniors, veterans and the disabled. The Wall Street Journal describes The Home Tour as: “a way of highlighting how communities can be nurtured, whether by sharing shelter, stories or live music,” and The Washington Post describes the tour as “extraordinary.”
“We are thrilled to be able to partner with the Home Tour, Mary’s Place, Vulcan Inc. and the City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods to bring live music to many of our low-income residents who love music but aren’t able to get out to hear live concerts,” said Sharon Lee, Executive Director of LIHI. It is especially poignant for us to again host the band on August 17 at Ernestine Anderson Place, named after the famed 85 year old jazz singer who grew up nearby in the Central District.”
“The Home Tour’s mission is very much in keeping with Vulcan’s love of music and belief in the potential of each person to be more knowledgeable, more aware, more responsible and more interested in the world around us,” said Pearl Leung, Senior Community Relations Manager at Vulcan Inc. “We are excited to bring this participatory music experience to several underserved populations in Seattle.”
“The Home Tour reinforces the idea that building homes is about more than putting roofs over head. It’s about enhancing communities and enriching residents’ lives,” said M.A. Leonard, VP and Pacific Northwest market leader, Enterprise.
Public officials locally and statewide have endorsed the tour, including Senator Patty Murray. “The Home Tour has an extraordinary track record of providing some of our most vulnerable citizens, including seniors and veterans, with the opportunity to actively participate in a community celebration that honors where they live and the lives they are leading.”
Congressman Jim McDermott adds: “Live music brings people together like few other things can. Sadly, many don’t have access to it. The Home Tour not only brings this experience to those who may otherwise miss out, but also brings much-needed attention to the unique communities and issues of the non-traditional “homes” it highlights.”
The Home Tour concerts in Seattle will be performed by the Mary McBride Band, which has performed in 22 countries since 2011. McBride also performed on the soundtrack and on-screen of the Academy Award winning movie Brokeback Mountain. The concerts will take place at two of the Low Income Housing Institute’s properties: Ernestine Anderson Place in the Central District and the Frye Apartments in Pioneer Square; as well as at Bianca’s Place in South Lake Union and at Solid Ground’s Sandpoint and Brettler Place Family Housing.
At each concert, McBride will be joined by local musicians, as well as residents who are invited to perform. “The Home Tour concerts break down the barriers between musicians and audiences, drawing people up to the stage to participate in the show. McBride empowers people to claim their voice and share their joys and sorrows through song. We are thrilled to welcome her back to our Sand Point housing campus,” said Gordon McHenry, Jr. President & CEO of Solid Ground.