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THE POWER OF MUSIC

The Muchimba Music Foundation is dedicated to raising awareness through the power of music. Cofounder Thomas Muchimba Buttenschøn has spread his messages of positivity and hope through his pervasive and powerful music. Thomas’ songwriting has taken him around the world from his home country of Denmark to his motherlands of Zambia. It’s within these journeys that Thomas has seen, firsthand, just how the power of music can change the hearts and minds of entire communities and help create positive changes within societies. Music is a powerful tool. The Muchimba Music Foundation harnesses that power and uses music to enlighten, to empower and to draw people together.

THE MUCHIMBA TEAM

Thomas Muchimba Buttenschøn

Co-Founder | Activist | Ambassador

Thomas Muchimba Buttenschøn has led an extraordinary life.

Thomas was born in Zambia ,in 1985, to a Zambian mother and Danish Father. Thomas and his parents were diagnosed with HIV shortly after his birth. Unfortunately, both of his parents lost their battles to AIDS in 1994 when Thomas was only 9 years old. Thomas, too, was not expected to survive, but he has.

Orphaned in Denmark, Thomas turned to music as a therapeutic salve in dealing with the harsh realities that HIV impressed upon him at an early age. Now a leading voice in Danish pop and beyond, Thomas is driven and determined to use his platform to help spread his messages of positivity and social awareness. This is why the Muchimba Music Foundation was formed. To raise awareness through music.

Tyler Q Rosen

Co-Founder | Executive Director

As a filmmaker, Tyler uses his craft to help raise social awareness to issues that
matter. Since 2013, he and Thomas Muchimba Buttenschøn have been on a journey through Africa, Europe and the United States to help teach and enlighten others through music, art, film and the power of human connection. Together, they have
harnessed their creative skill and talent to help raise awareness to heighten communities and enrich societies as a whole.

It was after a 22 year career in the design and entertainment arts that Tyler decided
to refocuse his creative and spiritual direction to help cofound the Muchimba Music
Foundation. Tyler believes that it’s through art, film and music that we can make a positive impact on the world.

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Kirk Scott

Vice President

As the former Vice President of the Magic Johnson Foundation, Kirk was responsible for strategic direction, oversight, coordination and implementation of all fundraising initiatives. Kirk is now Vice President of the Muchimba Music Foundation in America.

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Shawn P. Findlan

Director

Currently, CEO at West Avenue Capital, Shawn previously held the poosition of Global Head of Strategic Engineering & Architecture Strategy at Morgan Stanley. Shawn is now a Director at the Muchimba Music Foundation.

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Bjarke Vejby

Director Denmark

As partner in the Danish Law firm, Riemann & Partner, Bjarke specializes in media law, labour law and high profile litigation within the entertainment arts. Recommended for 15 years by Legal 500 and Chambers. Bjarke is the Associate Director of the Muchimba Music Foundation in Denmark.

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Jake Glaser

Director

Jake Glaser, the son of Elizabeth Glaser, is a healthy young adult living with HIV. He continues to work with EGPAF to carry on his mother’s legacy.

„Growing up HIV-positive was challenging for me, as it is for so many kids. Having access to the medication that researchers provided allows these children and families to lead as normal a life as possible. Taking a half dozen pills twice a day and enduring the painful side effects is the price that many people with HIV/AIDS pay to live that normal life.“

PAST EVENTS

1.4 million Zambians are infected with HIV or AIDS. 14% of the entire country. It doesn’t have to be this way.

The Muchimba Music Foundation is determined to put an end to this epidemic. In celebration of World AIDS Day 2015, we hosted a massive Test-for-Ticket concert in Zambia’s cultural capital and largest city, Lusaka. MMF partnered with the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, the worldwide leader in AIDS healthcare, and with the esteemed Roskilde Festival. AHF and MMF held a 4-week testing campaign leading up to the concert and, together, we tested an astounding 10,802 people for HIV and AIDS! Those testing positive were immediately enrolled into AHF’s globally-recognized patient care treatment programs. 

After the testing campaign, MMF and Roskilde Festival threw a world-class concert for all of Zambia to enjoy. This was truly an amazing campaign and event which has sparked a real conversation in Zambia about HIV, AIDS and the need to eliminate the stigma surrounding this manageable disease. Please donate today to help us throw our next World AIDS Day test-for-ticket concert. Thank you!

This concert will be featured in Thomas’ upcoming documentary feature film titled “Doin’ My Drugs”. This film, as well as the accompanying soundtrack album written and performed by Thomas, also titled “Doin’My Drugs”, are set for release in spring 2017.

TEST-FOR-TICKET

CONCERT SERIES

TAKE A TEST, GET YOUR FREE TICKET, SEE YOUR FAVORITE ARTISTS

  • One free concert in each of the 10 provinces of Zambia to ensure we reach those who really need care.
  • A three week testing campaign prior to each show. We test in malls, schools, clinics and local community centers.
  • Immediate counseling on site to help those who are affected cope and enroll those who need care into patient care.
  • Promote a healthier lifestyle by helping local communities identify with HIV awareness and annual testing.

IMPACT

With the proven success of our Test-for-Ticket campaigns in 2015 and 2016, MMF would now like to expand our program into other regions of Africa. To test, to educate and to shatter age-old stigmas to the HIV/AIDS crisis using one of the world’s greatest tools: MUSIC. Music touches the soul and it’s through music that we can reach those who need help the most.

With your help, we can expand our Test-for- Ticket campaign into the most affected communities with in Sub-Saharan Africa and beyond. We can test hundreds of thousands with our curated concerts that will speak to local communities through their own beloved artists and community leaders.

10,802 TESTED WITH 1 CONCERT.

HOW MANY MORE CAN WE TEST
WITH AN ENTIRE TOUR?

 50,000? 100,000? 150,000?

GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

Muchimba Music Foundation’s Test-For-Ticket Concerts – held in recent years in the capitol city Lusaka – have proven to be extremely effective in achieving both of our goals of shattering stigma and providing access to testing and treatment for those who needt reatment.

During our 3 week city wide campaign in 2015, we tested an astounding 10,802 Lusakans, and enrolled over 1,000 who tested positive into HIV patient care treatment programs. Our test for ticket program is reshaping the conversation Zambians are having about HIV.

In 2020, MMF and its partners will expand the test for ticket campaign in to a countrywide tour that will visit the capitolcities of each of the 10 Zambian provinces, reaching those most affected by the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

Our goals are simple – test as many Zambians as possible, and enroll those who need care, into treatment programs, which will, in turn, help to directly drive down infection rates countrywide. We believe within the next 10 years, we can make a real and tangible impact.

WE NEED TO DRIVE DOWN THESE RATES!

10 YEAR PLAN:

  • Test 500,000
  • Lower the prevalence by 5%

PRESS & SOCIAL MEDIA

TV2.dk

http://nyheder.tv2.dk/2015-12-01-her-er-hiv-spoergsmaalet-syv-ud-af-otte-svarer-forkert-paa

AIDS Health

http://www.aidshealth.org/#/archives/24121

Lusaka Times

https://www.lusakatimes.com/2015/12/02/10000-zambians-test-for-hiv-at-the-zed-me-free-concert/

Zambia Daily Mail

https://www.daily-mail.co.zm/#article/51859

Reuters

World AIDS Day ‘Test For Ticket’ Concert In Zambia Tests Over 10,000 For HIV/AIDS

PR NewsWire

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/world-aids-day-test-for-ticket-concert-in-zambia-tests-over-10000-for-hivaids-300185911.html

The Independent | News | Culture

World AIDS Day 2015: HIV positive musician Thomas Muchimba Buttenschøn putting on free concert for people who take HIV test

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/news/world-aids-day-2015-hiv-positive-musician-thomas-muchimba-buttensch-n-putting-on-free-concert-for-a6678836.html.

Times of Zambia

http://www.times.co.zm/?p=55522

EKSPRESNYT (Danish)

http://www.ekspresnyt.dk/dansk-musiker-vil-aendre-verden-vi-kan-have-en-aids-fri-generation-i-2030/

BT (Danish)

http://www.bt.dk/kendte/hiv-smittede-buttenschoens-kaempe-projekt-vil-give-gratis-behandling-til-andre-smit

REDDIT

https://www.reddit.com/r/Music/comments/3nd4ti/hivpositive_musician_is_doing_a_concert_in_zambia/?sort=new&limit=500

OTHER OUTLETS

http://www.supajam.com/news/story/HIV-positive-musician-playing-gig-in-Zambia-where-entry-ticket-is-to-get-tested-for-HIV

http://toptidings.net/a-musician-is-doing-something-unique-to-raise-awareness-of-hiv/

http://toptidings.net/a-musician-is-doing-something-unique-to-raise-awareness-of-hiv/

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