School of Rock announced today that its students will be giving a special performance at this year's International Franchise Association ("IFA") Advocacy Summit in Washington, D.C., alongside a bipartisan group of members of Congress, including Reps. Ashley Hinson, R-Iowa, and Maxwell Alejandro Frost, D-Fla.
The talented young School of Rock "House Band" performers will come together from their respective schools in Alexandria and Haymarket, Virginia, and Washington, D.C., to perform on Wed., Sept. 13, from 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. ET at the Pearl Street Warehouse at The Wharf.
"School of Rock is pleased to close out IFA's annual Advocacy Summit in Washington, D.C., solidifying our partnership with the organization on the national stage. Every time one of our students takes the stage to perform, it serves as a powerful testament to the transformative power of small businesses. It is a source of immense pride and honor for all of us at School of Rock," said Rob Price, CEO of School of Rock.
The showcase will mark the conclusion of the three-day event, where hundreds of franchising executives and franchise owners will come together to champion the cause of franchising while engaging with key government officials in dialogue about policy matters concerning the franchise business model.
"Like so many franchises throughout the country, School of Rock locations play an important role in their communities – creating opportunities for children and adults from all backgrounds to take advantage of music education," said IFA President and CEO Matthew Haller. "We are proud to unite lawmakers from both sides of the aisle over a passion for music and celebrating the positive impact of franchising in this first-ever event to close out the 2023 IFA Advocacy Summit. School of Rock truly showcases the power of good that the franchise business model provides, giving students a platform for a superior music education and unmatched performance experiences around the world."
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"Every time one of our students takes the stage to perform, it serves as a powerful testament to the transformative power of small businesses." - Rob Price, CEO of School of Rock
"Music has the power to bridge our political divides and bring together people of every background," said Representative Maxwell Frost. "For me, music has been a huge source of joy and light from a very young age. It was my father's love of music that inspired my own, and that love has allowed me to see the world in a different way and given me the hope and strength to fight for my community, to leave it better than I found it. I can't wait to share my love for music with the School of Rock students as we rock out in our nation's capital."
"Music has always been an incredibly important part of my life," said Representative Ashley Hinson. "I started playing piano when I was five and violin when I was seven – and I have been playing ever since. Franchises like School of Rock play a pivotal role in communities throughout Iowa by creating good-paying jobs and career development opportunities for Iowans. I am thrilled to play alongside the School of Rock students in a bipartisan event that shows how music can bring people together."
From the nation's capital, the collaboration between School of Rock, the IFA, and Congress showcases music's enduring role in uniting and inspiring communities.