._By Selma Grows

This week we introduce the locally founded Public Benefit Corporation Support and Education for Local Music and Arts, fondly called S.E.L.M.A. by the Coachella Valley community. Late 2007 a simple lunchtime conversation between two friends about the “Consumers vs. Community” mindset unearthed the Support and Education for Local Music and Arts campaign. Endless options and opportunities for preexisting and yet to be realized S.E.L.M.A. related programs began to materialize as the organization grew. And yet it would still be almost four years before the conversation would become a reality. Support and Education for Local Music and Arts officially became a Public Benefit Corporation, March 8, 2011.

Thanks to the investments of many of our Coachella Valley Business and Talent owners As well as \ a commitment to a strong sense of community including and respecting our State and Federal Governments (www.legalzoom.com) the organization successfully opened up to new members May 2011. S.E.L.M.A. currently has over 320 registered Coachella Valley members/volunteers and approximately 60 Coachella Valley local businesses have been granted an honorary lifetime membership for providing members with various perks and embellishments. Furthermore we report that S.E.L.M.A. will be hosting a concert at the Palm Desert High School showcasing a SELMA volunteer Rock Star, Jackson Cook (www.jacksoncook.com), and awarding the schools music and arts programs with $100 and a brand new acoustic guitar on May 31.

S.E.L.M.A Memberships includes free class registration, access to SELMA programs, event planning and advertising options as well as VIP Access to all Selma Events and fundraisers. SELMA also produces FREE to the community events. During the upcoming summer months SELMA can be found at their awareness booth during the once a month “RED HOT DATE “networking events at the Spa Casino in Palm Springs beginning June 15, 2012. (www.hotDATEevents.com) (SEE ADD on Page 15)


Aside from filling out the new membership forms in person at SELMA related events or meetings you can also join the SELMA Coachella Valley club chapter by logging onto www.selmagrows.org where you can find all the new member forms directly on the home page for copy, paste and send to the S.E.L.M.A. 2012 president Amanda Dorta @ anditwasgood@live.com. S.E.L.M.A. hosts OPEN community/executive meetings EVERY FIRST TUESDAY of the month located at a partnering local organization All Desert Wellness Centers 74-200 Hwy 111 Palm Desert, CA 92260.June 5th 2012, 12:30 PM Hope to see you there!

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