On 20 July 2016 Miami Marketta hosted the inaugural Everyone Deserves Music benefit gig. Featuring The Ruiins, The Lamplights and opened by The Delicates, this was not your usual gig. All bands generously donated their time to support a cause that is no doubt close to their hearts.
The Delicates opened proceedings and did well with a slowly building crowd. Their haunting and ethereal sound drew people in.
After a short pause to talk about the evening and cajole organisation founder Dr Krista Talbot into a rendition of John Farnham’s You’re the Voice, the cheeky host Em Rusciano introduced local favourites The Lamplights. As always playing a set that got feet moving on the dance floor, the Lamplights wound up with a cover of Michael Franti’s Everyone Deserves Music.
Another big Gold Coast favourite The Ruiins rounded out the evening with tunes that you couldn’t help but move to. The evening definitely ended on a great note (pun intended) and it was more successful than expected for Everyone Deserves Music.
Created by Dr Talbot, Everyone Deserves Music is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to bringing music therapy to more school age children particularly those with special needs. Dr Talbot took her own children to the music classes with Monica Zidar and saw firsthand just how much they get from it. When she realised that Monica was running out of funding and classes were at risk, Everyone Deserves Music was born.
The idea is to use the funds raised to set up grants for music therapists. The music therapists apply for the grant to then go and work in schools. It is a way to encourage more people to make a career from music therapy and bring it to more schools. Music therapy is a recognised allied health profession that has immense benefits for people of all ages with disabilities. Yet once children are school age there is no funding and they just miss out.
The benefit gig was the first and tickets sold better than expected. Dr Talbot says there will be more fundraising in various ways and the gig will be an annual event. Her big dream is to release a yearly Christmas carol CD featuring local artists, and with this cause behind her I’m sure Dr Talbot will find bands to make it happen.