‘The Sound of Independence’ fundraiser promotes disability inclusion

Good Day Dakota

“The Sound of Independence” will fill the streets of downtown Minot this week.
The music festival fundraiser will benefit Independence Inc.

Independence Inc is a non-profit dedicated to empowering people with disabilities, giving them more opportunity to live, work, and play, serving people in 11 counties.

“We’re a different type of disability organization, we’re an organization of people with disabilities who are serving people with disabilities,” said the organization’s executive director, Scott Burlingame. “Because of that, we’re very much a mentoring-based model that helps people figure out their own goals and their own path in life.”

Thursday night’s fundraiser will include local and out-of-state musicians, with an interesting variety in both genre and the people performing.

Some live with disabilities, some don’t, and that’s to promote inclusion and disability representation in music. 

Acts include: Lexi Wyman, Melissa Spechlen, Drew Hanson, The Anderson Brothers, DJ Univrse, It Was Her Idea, Jennifer Thom, Billy Altom, and Vanity Plate.

“All of us have people in our lives who have disabilities and we should strive to create an atmosphere where they feel welcome and included,” Vanity Plate’s lead singer, Jazmine Schultz, said.

Independence Inc provides advocacy, skill training, peer mentoring, nursing facility transitioning, and helping youth transition into adulthood – just to name a few.
Events like this are a good opportunity to help the organization continue to provide those services.

Thursday, June 6 outside The Starving Rooster
7:00 – 11:00pm, 21+ only
Click here for tickets, $10 online or at the door

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