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WHO WE ARE

GrandStand Music Festival is a one-of-a-kind event that melds the arts with human rights to raise awareness and funding to combat sex trafficking in Michigan. At a GrandStand event, you will hear an eclectic lineup of artists ranging from classical to hip hop and rock. Between performances, we feature keynote speakers from organizations working to address human trafficking and its many root causes. Through music, our goal is to educate our community on this issue and inspire action, whether that is through volunteering, donating, or simply possessing the knowledge to protect ourselves and our loved ones. 

 

According to the 2018 State Department Report on Trafficking in Persons, increasing awareness plays a substantial role in reducing demand and overall instances of the crime. By attending one of our events, you have taken a major step in learning what you need to know to make a difference where you live. 

 

Sex trafficking is a complex issue that stems from a variety of root causes such as poverty, drug addiction, and child abuse. At our 2019 event, audience members had the chance to visit resource tables from 13 different organizations working to address human trafficking or a related issue. We aimed to bring these organizations together at one event to spark conversation about how these many interrelated issues contribute to putting an individual at risk of being trafficked. Organizations and institutions like the Kent County Human Trafficking Task Force, Families Against Narcotics, the Salvation Army, Child Protective Services, and more were present to speak between musical performances about their role in stopping sex trafficking and how you can help. Throughout the concert, audience members had the chance to visit information tables from many organizations to learn more about this issue and what is being done to address it. 

We hope you will join us for an upcoming event to enjoy great food and music, and to celebrate the fact that community members like you have come together to take a stand against modern-day slavery. 

Our Mission: GrandStand Music Festival aims to enrich Michigan communities through high quality musical performances, and to use these concerts to raise funding and awareness to help combat sex trafficking in Michigan.

 

Our Vision: GrandStand Music Festival will unify musicians, community members, and organizations against human trafficking through music.

KAYLA GREEN | FOUNDER & ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Kayla Green is a masters student in violin performance at Michigan State University. She is passionate about performing, teaching, and arts administration, and has pursued an eclectic career that combines the three by performing across the United States and Italy, working in the development department of the Grand Rapids Symphony, and teaching private and group violin classes and orchestra clinics. She grew up in West Michigan and was aware that human trafficking happened where she lived, but only after researching the issue more deeply realized how prevalent and horrific the crime truly is. Throughout her life spent studying music, she has witnessed the power of music to uplift communities and compel people to take action. She founded GrandStand Music Festival to harness this power and create an event that inspires hope and educates community members who might not hear about the issue if they had not attended the festival.