Thursday, December 04, 2008

Kelly Moore


I always say, "Dream big and follow through."

Take 50-something Kelly Moore. For years Kelly was a sideman for bands and studios, eventually becoming a solo artist. At the same time, he was also performing in nursing homes and prisons, longing not just to make music, but to make a difference. Whenever he saw major athletes or rock stars doing great deeds, he dreamed of following in their footsteps.

Then one night the phrase "Music For Mankind" literally popped into Kelly's head. He immediately knew he was onto something big.

In 2007 he acted on the idea, creating the Music for Mankind® benefit concert series, the proceeds of which go to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and other international humanitarian organizations for disaster relief. With his new ensemble Emerald Dreams, Kelly has already performed 13 concerts that have helped feed over 31,000 people.


In April 2008, the Friends of the WFP gave Kelly the title of Community Delegate. In July he went to Nicaragua where he traveled with United Nations WFP representatives to remote villages, schools, homes, farms, and medical clinics. From the hours of video and hundreds of photos he took on the trip, he's producing a documentary for Dish Network entitled "Nicaragua - On The Ground." A short trailer is available for viewing at www.musicformankind.net.

After his return from Nicaragua, Kelly went to Washington, DC and met members of Congress, resulting in an incredible wave of support for Music For Mankind®.

Kelly has just finished his latest CD, Silently Hoping, dedicated to the children of Nicaragua. Both the CD and a music video of the title track are due for release on December 18th.

Still dreaming big, still following through, Kelly envisions Music for Mankind® ultimately feeding 800,000+ people a year.

That's what I call making a difference.

4 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh, this gave me goosebumps!! What a difference one person can make in this world. Way to go, Kelly! You truly an inspiration!! Wahoo!
    Barbara
    www.joyfulpaws.com

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  2. "Music for Mankind!" What a lovely title. And how important something like this is in marketing something so important! Hooray for Kelly!

    Carolyn Howard-Johnson
    Author of The Frugal Book Promoter, marketer and publicist
    www.howtodoitfrugally.com

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  3. What a wonderful post you've written about Kelly Moore! He is truly an asset to Friends of the World Food Program and does some incredible work!

    Jessica Lennon
    Friends of the World Food Program

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  4. And it only takes one...

    This post is just the message I needed to read today. You've helped me make a decision.

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