Music Unites honored its first anniversary and its founder Michelle Edgar’s birthday on Monday at the Cooper Square Hotel. The party was graced with musical performances by Tamarama, As Tall As Lions, Matt White, Jaicko, NIIA, Rachel Platten and DJ DL and Maino. All funds raised at the event were donated to help the Music Unites Youth Choir (MUYC).

Working as a non-profit organization, Music Unites is devoted to aiding and supporting musicians. Its focus is on supporting established as well as emerging artists while promoting musical education programs in underprivileged communities by sponsoring free public concerts. The organization helped its focus of its first year, MUYC, gain access to venues for practices and performances.

Over the past year, thanks in part to partnerships with Young Audiences New York and Education Through Music, Music Unites was able to help MUYC by bringing Jaicko and John Forte to MUYC and inner-city schools as well as debuting MUYC in a concert tribute to The Who at Carnegie Hall. Music Unites has also held additional benefit concerts and launched a Classical Music Series and Women’s Empowerment Movement.

Attendees of the event, which was sponsored by AriZona, included Tinsley Mortimer, Eric West and Richie Rich.