FOX 2 – Joshua Andrade has worked with Grammy Award-winning artists, worked as a lyricist, and performed. He’s only in high school and he got paid for these amazing opportunities.
“It’s really amazing,” he said. “There is no cost and you get paid fully, it’s a great experience.”
Joshua is part of the “Making it Happen Foundation” It is the original idea of Chetrice Gillon.
In 2000, she started the organization as an after-school program for underprivileged children in the Detroit metro. Many of them obtain certification in music production, photography and media arts.
“The idea behind this was basically to fill the void when the arts dwindled in public schools so that students had an outlet,” Gillon said.
But it’s unique not only in the level of talent the students work with.
“Young people are actually receiving royalties,” Gillon said. “They have publishing houses that are already established. They go into this business as writers who are published. Right now there aren’t even a lot of labels that offer that.”
Young people acquire business acumen in what can be an extremely difficult and competitive endeavor, often before they graduate.
“When you start to understand the fact that you are with such mega-minds and great people, we were privileged in this program,” Joshua said. “And we want to reach and help as many people as possible.”
They reached out to national and international stars to take things to the next level.
For more information see the Making It Happen Facebook page HERE.