Dance Music Based Social Justice Organization Give A Beat Hosts Airbnb Experiences In LA & SF

*Written by Crystal Garcia for Electronica Life

Los Angeles based dance music organization, Give a Beat recently became one of the very first nonprofit organizations to curate and host a social impact experience on Airbnb’s new Trips platform, a people-powered platform designed to make travel both easy and magical by bringing together where people stay, what they do and who they meet all in one place. Through booking Social Impact Experiences offered on the Trips platform, guests can support great causes alongside passionate people and 100 percent of the funds go to the cause. As part of the Trips launch, Give a Beat experiences were one of the very first featured on the platform.

Since last fall, Give a Beat is currently hosting two experiences, “Life-Changing Music” in Los Angeles, and “Inside Out Music Experience” in San Francisco that both support their mission by bridging the dance music community with youth and families impacted by mass incarceration.

“We had a great time at the DJ lesson with the group. It is catered to anyone regardless of their past exposure to music and DJs. Sean’s passion for music and DJing is infectious and I walked away with great interest and respect for this art in addition to the things I learned.” -Kaiyi

The LA Experience: “Life-Changing Music” is a one-day immersive hosted by founder of Give a Beat, Lauren Segal. The experience includes a tour of Homeboy Industries, lunch at Homegirl Café, a private DJ lesson at Point Blank Music School, and ends with a night out at one of LA’s best nightclubs. To learn more or to book a date, visit the experience here.

The SF Experience: “Inside Out Music Experience,” is hosted by Zach Reisler, a freelance journalist for SF Station. This experience includes a private two-hour DJ lesson at Pyramind Music Production school, followed by VIP access to one of SF’s grandest nightclubs. To learn more or to book a date, visit the experience here.

About Give a Beat: Give a Beat is a nonprofit organization that serves as a catalyst for social change by bridging electronic dance music culture with youth and families impacted by incarceration. Through DJ workshops and mentorship programs, they offer creative outlets for youth and job creation opportunities for the formerly incarcerated.

About Mass Incarceration: The U.S. is the world leader in locking up people for minor offenses for excessive lengths of time, in inhumane conditions, without proper legal representation, and at a stunning cost to the U.S. economy of $1 trillion a year, according to the new study from Washington University in St. Louis. Due to the launch of the war against drugs in 70’s, the criminal justice system has been called a “Holocaust in slow motion.” It has had global repercussions such as the disenfranchisement of Black voters heavily impacting the outcome of the last election. Give a Beat aims to represent the dance music community’s response to mass incarceration through innovative grass-roots driven music programs.

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