Music Village is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created to leverage the power of the performing arts to support community organizations, leaders, and public servants focused on preventing child sexual abuse, increasing diversity in the community, and promoting the arts in conjunction with quality education in public schools by raising awareness, fostering community engagement, and fundraising.

On September 10th, 2016, Pop/R&B recording artist Carl Brister brought together artists of diverse musical genres to inspire unity in the community of West Orange through music. This inaugural event took place at West Orange’s own Oscar Schindler Performing Arts Center (OSPAC) amphitheater and was created in response to acts of violence and brutality toward marginalized people throughout the country. Since then, Mr. Brister has been committed to presenting The Love + Unity Fest on an annual basis as a way to bring people together in love through music.

Music Village Official Statement on Racial Violence and Police Brutality

“Music Village, which sponsors the annual Love+Unity Fest, was created to help bring racial, ethnic, and cultural harmony in the community through music. In light of the recent tragic events of racism and police brutality against unarmed African Americans throughout the nation, we stand with those who call for justice to be served to those who violently committed these crimes.

In the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” therefore, we will continue our efforts to inspire unity in the community and stand against hatred, racial violence, and divisiveness, as artists and citizens of the world.”

– Carl Brister, CEO