For fans of FOX’s critically acclaimed Empire, it’s hard to resist the compelling story of a musician’s struggle to overcome her destitute beginnings and achieve artistic eminence. Now FOX is helping real musicians find their own voice by partnering with the nonprofit Notes for Notes on a promotional campaign that will raise money to build fully equipped music studios across the country. The campaign, “FOX PRESENTS EMPIRE, Behind The Beat,” which launched just prior to the second season of Empire during the Teen Choice Awards, will help the next generation of musicians realize their potential by providing young people with free access to instruments and audio equipment, as well as professional mentors.
Notes for Notes works within Boys and Girls Clubs to provide youth with access to fully-equipped, staffed recording studios, allowing students to experiment with, create, and record music at no cost. The organization believes that music is a “universal language of humankind, with the power to transcend virtually any cultural, racial, or socioeconomic barrier.” Notes for Notes already features locations across the country in Los Angeles, Atlanta, Detroit, and New York. The “Empire, Behind the Beat” collaboration aims to open the first ever Notes for Notes studio in Chicago by raising $200,000 to begin studio construction in spring 2016.
The “Behind the Beat” campaign marks another chapter in FOX’s ongoing effort to support emerging artists. In March, to commemorate the series finale of FOX's Glee, the company partnered with the Give a Note Foundation to establish the 21st Century Fox Give a Note Grants, which will support 16 under-funded music education programs at schools across the United States. Learn more about the Give a Note initiative.