SOW | Pro on the Patio Recap

We ended off the month of May by hosting an after-hours event at the Launch 787 Headquarters (behind Moonshine). We are so grateful for all of our friends and supporters that were able to come out and learn about our upcoming project in Jacmel, Haiti.

In addition to the company, the party wouldn’t have been the success it was without the ambiant patio space, delicious Hops & Grain brew, mouth-watering and so intricately decorated red velvet cakepops from kathyphantastic, bumpin’ tunes from DJ Dark Matter, and tasty food from Blue Ribbon BBQ.

Nothing truly beats a temperate Texas night out on the patio. Thank you to everyone that came out to show their support!

If you were unable to make it, you can still donate here. Or, you can mark your calendar for our next event on Thursday, June 28th (more details to come very soon).


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SOW | Pro on the Patio

We’re gearing up for another event, and we would love it if you’d join us! We’ll be hosting a happy hour called, “SOW | Pro on the Patio” at the Launch 787 headquarters on May 31st from 7pm – 10pm. Because this is a fundraiser, we’re asking a small suggested donation of $10 at the door. However, that $10 will get you food BBQ and cakepops from KathyPhantasic, beer from Hops & Grain, and DJ to enjoy.

If you haven’t ever been to Launch 787’s patio, you should really come check it out. It’s a cool spot, and the parking situation isn’t a nightmare.

Hope to see you there!

If you can’t make it, you can still support us by donating to our cause on our rally page.

Special Thanks to Hops & Grain for donating a keg for this special event!

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“Music can save Haiti”

Here is a nice intro (1.5 mins) about music education in Haiti, filmed at the school we will be covering in July.

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May 18, 2012 · 2:30 pm

Action Required: We Need Music Teachers


If you had the opportunity to change a child’s life by sharing your talents, would you? One can only assume yes; who wouldn’t?

We’re encouraging musicians from the Austin area to travel to Jacmel, Haiti and teach at the Jean de Baptiste Dessaix Music School (the location we’ll be shooting at). The school is looking for time commitments of 2 to 4 weeks (and longer) and can possibly help with lodging and transportation. They need people to help teach wind instruments but are happy to have musicians of all sorts: guitarists, percussionists, pianists, and other various instrumentalists.

The experience is sure to be unlike any other and will provide you the opportunity to help others with your talents. Is there anything more rewarding than giving back through something that you’re passionate about? We don’t think so, but then again, that’s why we’re going to Jacmel — because we’re passionate about shining a light on progress in a community that’s been through more trauma than most of us have ever or will ever experience.

If you or anyone you know are interested in going to Jacmel to be a music teacher at the Jean de Baptiste Dessaix Music School this coming July (one of the weeks including the 10th through the 16th), shoot us an email at

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Lewis Carnegie And We

We were fortunate enough to be a part of an afternoon music showcase at El Chavez on Thursday, March 15th called, “Live Music to the World.” El Chavez is the workspace of photographer Woody Welch and designer Sean Carnegie. These gentlemen not only have a lot of talent and an awesome studio, but they also have a soft spot in their hearts for Students of the World.

With that being said, they were kind enough to let us be the beneficiary for their unofficial SXSW event. We had beer, wine, mason jars for cups, chips, hot dogs, old school polaroid pictures, and raffle items all for suggested monetary donations to help us raise money toward our upcoming trip to Haiti.

The bands rocked it, too. We had the following performers: Joe Dowdle, Weird Children, Elijah Ford, Sister Ruby Band, and Dustin Perkins.

In addition, they also did a podcast with SOW Executive Director and Founder, Courtney Spence leading up to the event. Stay tuned for pictures and video from our “Live Music to the World” event.

All components together made for a fun and successful afternoon. Also, we couldn’t have had such an awesome event without our generous sponsors: Lewis Carnegie, Woody Welch Photography, CULT Wine, and

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The Mayor’s Balcony

The air was sticky with a light breeze, and the crowd was full of enthusiastic Students of the World staff, alumni, and supporters at the first of our three events during SXSW. We had a decent turnout despite the chaos that had taken over the city (AKA South By), and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. There was also a bar set up for those who were thirsty and a delicious offering of Tex-Mex appetizers from Maudie’s.

The big excitement of the afternoon was the taquito warmer getting a little too warm and setting the flame cover on fire. However, everyone acted quickly, worked together, and tamed the fire.

Overall, the event went well, and we were happy to be a part of it.

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Sideshow Social Success!

What a perfect Friday to spend at J. Black’s Feel Good Lounge’s Sideshow Social last week during South by Southwest! We camped out on the patio for the whole day,  accepting donations and talking to people about our first trip to Haiti while enjoying the music, cool breeze and drinks.

Bands played for six hours straight, and between sets Steve shared details about our trip to partygoers, and you guys were so generous! On Friday alone, we raised $624! We can’t thank everyone enough for contributing to our trip – to J. Black’s for hosting us and letting us share information about our venture to shine light on progress and especially to all of you who donated. Thanks for getting us closer to Jacmel!

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Come support Students of the World | Professionals (SOW | Pro) and enjoy live music during this unofficial SXSW event!

Hang out, listen to live music, view artwork for sale, and get your photo taken with our old school Polaroids! Beer & Wine provided.

$5 suggested donation to Students of the World | Professionals

Come for a good cause, or just for the music! We hope to see you there!

Band Lineup:
2pm – TBA
3pm – Weird Children
4pm – Elijah Ford
5pm – Sister Ruby Band
6pm – Dustin Perkins


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March 13, 2012 · 5:36 am

Students of the World | Professionals launching Spring 2012

Students of the World | Professionals (SOW | Pro), an Austin 501c3, is currently fundraising for its first project abroad that will be documenting the power of music in post-earthquake Haiti.

For its inaugural trip abroad, Students of the World | Professionals is sending a team of six professionals to Jacmel, Haiti in July. We are so excited to be working with the Jean Baptiste Dessaix Music School, which brings together local children to learn music and create an outlet for creativity and fun!  We will be creating a visual narrative about the school to show how their primarily volunteer-based staff members are changing lives for the better since the earthquake two years ago.  Last summer, Austin chartered a Friendship City agreement with the creative, art-driven community of Jacmel, and our trip is also a step in growing the creative collaboration between these two cities, solidifying a long-term formal relationship between Austin and Jacmel.  At the completion of our project, we will be able to give the music school our footage to use on their website, on social media channels, and for fundraising purposes.  We will also help spread the word about the school stateside through viewing parties to those who contributed and also at the Students of the World Re-Engage for Good Summit in August, which brings together SOW alumni, thought leaders, social entrepreneurs, filmmakers, and philanthropists.

Please stay tuned as we update you with more information here.

In the meantime, if you’d like to learn more about Students of the World, click here.

You can meet our 2012 Haiti team here.

You can also help us get to Haiti by donating here.

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