Music 4 More is a 501(c)3 charity organization that launched on paper in 2007 and in practice in Baltimore in 2009. Our primary focus is collecting instrument donations and reintroducing them into struggling school and community music programs. Since our launch, Music 4 More has donated over 800 instruments to schools, after school programs and community initiatives. View a complete list of beneficiaries of our donations under our recipients section.
Music 4 Vets is a program under the Music 4 More organization that donates instruments to music therapy programs for veterans and active military.
Music 4 More envisions a world where every community has access to the tools and resources needed to provide the educational, healing and inspirational benefits of music.
To provide instruments, programming and support to sustain and foster underfunded music communities.
Board Of Directors
Deidra is the founder of Music 4 More and currently runs the day to day operations of the nonprofit. She is also the owner of Problem Solved. Concierge Errand Service.
She started working in community relations for professional sports organizations such as the Baltimore Orioles and the New York Mets. Deidra then spent five years working in marketing and community affairs for Comcast and seven years with the University of Maryland.
Deidra graduated from the University of Toledo with a BS in Psychology and an MS in Nonprofit and Association Management from the University of Maryland, University College. She also has a certification in Event Management from Temple University.
She also sits on the Board of Directors for Mammojam, a charity that raises funds for mammograms in underserved Baltimore communities through music events. Deidra also volunteers every summer as a camp councilor and event planner for the Mid-Atlantic Burn Camp.
Trish is currently an Event Manager at Washington Speakers Bureau where she manages all logistics of speaking engagements for the world’s top leaders and experts. Trish has over 12 years experience in events and entertainment, including concert production, concert promotion, artist management and corporate event planning.
Trish graduated from George Mason University in 2005 with a degree in Graphic Design and completed the Honors Program in General Education. She was a scholarship athlete on the women’s crew team as well as the chair of the concerts committee of the GMU program board, which ultimately guided her into a career of events management.
Born in Groton, CT and raised in Virginia Beach, VA, Trish is still a northerner at heart, though she did briefly reside in Nashville, TN to work on the famed Music Row at a booking agency. She currently resides in Washington, DC.
Paul Bianco is a highly talented creative designer and brand strategist, who was born and raised in Maryland. After working at a few advertising agencies, he became a full-time freelancer bouncing around coffee shops, creating persuasive and eye-catching advertising materials for small businesses in the Maryland and DC areas. In 2009, he started his own design studio, ORANGEHAT. Paul and the rest of his team of freelancers and developers work at their best while music is pumping through their earbuds.
As a long-time friend of founder Deidra Stevens, Paul has unofficially been a part of the organization since its infancy. After volunteering and watching the organization grow over the years, Paul realized he had a strong emotional connection to Music 4 More. As a creative himself, Paul understands and appreciates the need to keep music programs funded to ensure all creatives can work in the medium they want. Music is his fuel and he wants to feed the same fire and passion for everyone.
Denise is currently the Development Director for Flyers Charities, the non-profit arm of the National Hockey League’s Philadelphia Flyers, where she manages the fundraising and sponsorship for the charity. Denise has more than 13 years professional experience in corporate, non-profit, sports and entertainment industries including the Philadelphia 76ers, The Franklin Institute and Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania. A 2001 graduate of Penn State with a degree in Communications, Denise continued her education through certificate programs at Temple University and the Association of Fundraising Professionals, focusing on both executive event leadership and fundraising principals. She enjoys volunteering for mission-based organizations where she can help make a positive impact on the community, and inspire others to believe in their dreams. Born in Brooklyn, NY, and raised in State College, PA, Denise is proud to be a “townie” and truly believes in the power of “We Are!” She currently resides in Philadelphia, PA.
Jeremy Paris was born in Buffalo, NY and joined the US Army immediately after graduating from high school. After 10 years as a Personnel Administration Sergeant, he left the military to become a government contractor supporting the Department of Defense as a Sr. Systems Engineer. Jeremy has also been on the staff for the Veteran Artist Program (VAP), a non-profit Veteran Service Organization since 2010, where he is the VAP Community Lead. Jeremy is the host of the Veteran Resource Podcast, and Co-Founder of Podcast Playground, the first podcast network for kids. Jeremy also has a son who is studying video game programming at Michigan Tech and a 7 yr old daughter who is just as creative as her Dad.
Josh Van De Riet
Josh currently serves as Regulatory Counsel for the FDA where he works to promote and protect the public health. Before joining the FDA, Josh earned his BS in Anthropology from Radford University and his JD at the University of Baltimore School of Law. A musician and son of a military veteran, Josh is committed to utilizing music as a means to personal growth. Josh resides in Silver Spring, MD, with his wife and three children.
In 2004 I became the road manager for Shane Hines and the Trance. During that journey I worked a number of side jobs to pay my mortgage. This led to a job as a production manager for a season at Wolf Trap and then a rental manager/box office supervisor at Wooley Mammoth Theatre Company. In 2011 I was hired by IMP and worked a number of positions including assistant box office manager at Merriweather, assistant to the COO and owner of IMP, and finally front of house manager at the Lincoln Theatre. At the end of 2015 I was approached by ABC2, a nonprofit raising money for brain cancer research, to produce Over the Edge for Brain Cancer. It is a fundraising challenge where people raise money to rappel down a building. We have events in San Diego, DC and starting one in San Francisco. I have also been tasked with finding how to incorporate music events in to our fundraising/awareness.