By Naø Lewandowski, Public Relations Account Executive
Before working at inferno, I was the head of the Songwriting Division at Visible Music College. I wrote course curriculum, conducted private lessons, and taught in the areas of music theory, songwriting, and artist brand development and marketing. While my PR career led me away from academia, my passion for music is still encouraged and empowered by the leaders at inferno.
Every summer, Visible hosts a series of weeklong music camps for middle school and high school students. Visible Music Week is an opportunity for young musicians to learn from college professors, stay in a dorm, play with a band, record in a professional studio, and perform a live showcase for their friends and family. This year, I was able to return to Visible and work with campers from all over the country through inferno’s Fuelanthropic program.
inferno employees are offered a week of paid civic time to serve the community in ways that fuel their diverse passions. The Fuelanthropic program provided me with the unique opportunity to continue investing in the upcoming music generation. It offered me a chance to utilize my background in music and teaching, all while mentoring future creative leaders.
I was able to lead morning worship sessions with students, as well as host a songwriting workshop, teach instrument sectionals, facilitate band rehearsals, and even perform with my own band. By the end of the week, students were transformed in their skill, performance, and knowledge of their craft. They had also built a camaraderie with one another that strengthened their love of music. The final showcase was an inspiring event that reflected the work of music educators and ministry leaders in our city. I am tremendously privileged to be able to invest in the Memphis music community through my workplace.
Not only was I able to use my civic time to serve at Visible Music Week, but also inferno raised funds as an agency to support Visible Music College. inferno’s investment will help fuel higher music education in Memphis. This is what community looks like – businesses helping businesses drive their vision forward.
My experience at Visible Music Week has impacted the way that I approach music, community, work, and service. The Fuelanthropic program has taught me that passion is as integrated as you make it, that work should be a place of empowerment, and that our city thrives when people care for people.