NEWBURYPORT — It’s been a rocking first year for the Tedrock Fund, a local nonprofit that supports children’s music education programs in Massachusetts by hosting rock concert fundraisers. After a string of successful shows, the organization’s leaders are set to present their first financial award Friday night to a Boston music school.
The Tedrock Fund was founded by Jen Collins after the death of her husband, Ted Collins, in February 2017. Together with Tedrock board members Mike Gent and Seth Goodman, she set out to honor her husband’s memory in a way that is both fun and charitable, and has since organized multiple concerts, including a notable sold-out performance by British rocker Robin Hitchcock in February.
On Friday, the Tedrock Fund will present its first award of $7,500 to ZUMIX, an East Boston-based nonprofit that offers a variety of music and creative technology programs to local youths. The award will be presented during the Boston Radio for ZUMIX event to be held at the nonprofit from 8 to 11 p.m.
Collins said she is proud to support the organization, which serves many children from low-income families in the Boston area. Presenting the award serves as an indication of the fund’s success in its charitable mission, she said.
“We’re realizing our mission by making this award,” she said. “Being able to have raised this kind of money to fund a program like ZUMIX has made us see that we can have a meaningful impact on hundreds of kids, and we’ve done it by producing rock shows.”
Collins said she has been overwhelmed with the support from local musicians and rock listeners who flocked to the first Tedrock shows and that she is also glad to have helped to diversify the styles of music that can be heard in Greater Newburyport venues.
“It’s amazing how the artists are lining up to do these shows,” Collins said. “We’re happy that we’ve been able to give members of the public a way to hear good rock music in their backyard.”
Collins also said she looks forward to Tedrock’s upcoming Marvin Gaye tribute concert June 17, when the organization will present its second award of at least $2,500 to the Community Music Center of Boston. The event will be held at the Rockwell Theater in Somerville.
The organization is also bringing English pub rocker Graham Parker to the Firehouse Center for the Arts on July 19. After that, Collins said she looks forward to growing the Tedrock Fund from what she believes has been a great start.
“If we can build upon what we’ve already done, I think we can make a really significant impact,” Collins said. “We want to make sure there is a next generation of rockers out there and this is how we’re going to do it.”
For more on the Boston Radio for ZUMIX event, visit www.facebook.com/events/173130493388523/
For more on the Tedrock Fund, visit www.tedrock.org/.
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