Musicians raise funds to support music education for young people

ASHLAND, WI. (KBJR) – On a snowy Saturday in Ashland, Wis., people gathered at the Stagecoach Bar and Grill for an annual tradition.

“We have the Snojam Music Festival and a fundraiser. It’s not the first year, but it’s the first year that Stagecoach Bar and Grill has taken over,” said Chelsea Anderson, Stagecoach Bar and Grill Events Coordinator and Promoter.

The Snojam featured local musicians playing different musical styles and a variety of instruments.

According to Native American Pied Piper Laughing Fox, he learned to play his flute in nature’s classroom.

“I went out and sat in the woods and played a note, and that note affected me so much,” Laughing Fox said.

Snojam has also served as a fundraiser to help today’s native youth embark on their musical journey. Organizers are raising money to send local kids to the Native Girls Rock Camp.

“A week where they can stay and learn to play in a band or learn an instrument. It’s so cool,” Anderson said.

Local businesses donated items for silent auctions, and festival-goers could purchase a commemorative t-shirt with proceeds going to the cause.

Organizers say their goal is to raise $1,000 to $2,000, but some of the Snowjam Festival rewards go beyond money.

“Here, we love music. We’re trying to kickstart the music scene in Ashland, so it made sense for us to partner up and elevate as we climbed,” Anderson said.

Organizers said that in addition to teaching music, the Indigenous Girls Rock Camp also teaches classes on building self-esteem and leadership.

The camp is made possible by a non-profit organization called The Spirit of a Woman.

For more information on their mission, click here.

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