Two days after releasing their initial funding goals, the talented team behind the unique music platform called HNDP (Helping Nations Discover Peace) organized an event at a skateshop in the Northeastern part of Los Angeles, California.
The party was held at Maintain your-lifestyle, and dozens of people gathered to help support the mobile music truck movement that HNDP is looking to setup. T-shirt’s were purchased while graffiti art was sprayed onto plywood boards live on the streets outside by members of the surrounding neighborhoods. As refreshments were served up, the co-founders of HNDP (William Correa & Aaron Duran) started a small cypher vibing to the beats and rhythms of DJTun gaining momentum and attracting attention of those who strolled by.
It was amazing to see how artists, musicians, rappers, designers, game-developers, DJ’s, hustlers, photographers, and bloggers all showed up at the skateshop soaking in the creative environment as onlookers walked outside. Those who stuck around for a bit, consistently whipped out camera-phones out of denim pockets raising them toward the sky ready to capture the moments in time.
When the night unreluctantly wound down, the crowds dispersed leaving behind the foundation of the HNDP team. This is when I had a chance to sit down with Stephen Saiz, the President of HNDP’s Board of Directors, to talk.
Below are segments of what was asked:
Why are you here today?
I’m here today to help the rest of the Board and co-founders Aaron and William launch our Kickstarter program which is going to help us fund the 1st phase of building out the truck that we are going to operate out of.
Tell us about HNDP. What is it? And where did the idea come from?
So HNDP originally started out as a program at Self Help Graphics & Art back in 2009. At that time, I was the Board President at Self Help and William and Aaron came to me and pitched the idea of using our space every Friday afternoon and throwing open-mics. We basically allowed them to do that, and what they ultimately built after that point was incredible. They built a huge buzz.
At that time, the program the program was actually called Hard N’ Da Paint. They ultimately were getting anywhere from 40 to 60 kids to come in on a Friday afternoon. They started to do more shows and even began operating on Saturdays to throw these larger events and bring in bigger-named artists allowing these kids that came in on open-mics to open up.
It was just really a compelling program, and to see the youth’s response and how they worked with the kids and to see the enthusiasm of the participation was something that I knew I wanted to be a part of longer-term.
Who came up with the idea of the Mobile Music Truck?
So the mobile music truck is something that we kind of formulated as a group. We knew, and because of a lot of us were experienced within the nonprofit sector, how challenging it was to actually own a physical space. So we thought we would kill two birds with one stone. We knew we wanted to serve the greater LA area and we knew that some nonprofits were using mobile vehicles like schoolbuses and that type of thing. In addition, we also experienced the phenomenon of lunch trucks within LA and saw how compelling that was to get people to follow on social media and always follow where the trucks were at. So we thought that we could combine the two and keep our overhead lean down by exclusively operating out of the vehicle, to be able to serve the greater LA area and to actually do it in an innovative way and to get people excited how we were going to approach it from a nonprofit perspective.
What do you think people will learn from the HNDP experience?
I think they are going to learn a ton of stuff. At its core, we are a music development program. We are building that out though to broader digital arts. But at the end of the day, we are really teaching entrepreneurship, whether they want to be a musician, a digital artist, a game developer, a promoter, a street team builder.
Do you think that you will reach the $15,000 goal that you have set with Kickstarter?
I think that it is going to be a challenge, but I think that we will get there. We are already nearly 20% of the way there. With additional support and the more people that learn about it and are introduced to the organization, and because of our compelling offering and compelling story, I think that people will hopefully feel the same way and open up their wallets and donate.
We have very low limits. You can donate as little as $2, and we also have some much higher stretch goals. So we are hoping to get in some bigger donors as well. We think that we are actually offering a pretty compelling variety of items and merchandise that will appeal to a variety of potential donors.
What are the next steps to reaching the Kickstarter goal?
We are going to continue to market it. We are going to continue to reach out to our network of people that we have in social media. A lot of us on the Board also have a lot of big professional networks, so we are individually reaching out to our friends and colleagues in the industries that we all come from. We will continue to do that.
We will potentially talk to some friendly corporations out there that have either equipment and/or tools that we can potentially use in our programming to come in at some of the larger levels. We also have a series of fine art that we are going to be releasing, and we know that there is a huge collector base of some of the art that we have decided to select. We have been fortunate enough to have those artists donate their time and their art to us as a part of this campaign. As we continue to release new items and continue to market it and keep people updated on the type of content that we have, we think that that’s going to be a really big way for us to continue to reach out goal.
As this Kickstarter campaign continues over the next month or so, it is important to spread the story to as many people as possible. If you are interested in donating to the cause, or would like to know more about the project, be sure to visit their Kickstarter page here.
HNDP’s Kickstarter Video:
Article written by @industrychanger
HNDP’s Kickstarter Page: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/hndp/hndp-music-truck-mobile-mentorship-to-inspire-new
HNDP’s Website: http://hndp.la/
An Interview with Co-Founder of HNDP, William Correa: http://hackertrips.tumblr.com/post/88296003520/william-correa-is-working-on-a-mobile-recording-studio
In addition, here is a link to the full interview with Stephen Saiz: