A crowdfunding campaign has been launched to help a young Montserratian attend the school of her dreams.
Vocalist Nia Golden successfully auditioned and was accepted to Berklee College of Music in Boston.
She is the first Montserratian to do so. Her mother Nerissa Golden, Founder and Editor of Discover Montserrat has opened a GoFundMe page to assist with her tuition.
Click to Donate Now!Nia was unsuccessful in her request for a scholarship from the Government of Montserrat as it is not seen as a priority area for study.
The goal is to raise US$ 33100 by November 2017 so she can complete her paperwork and begin school in January 2018.
“You can give anonymously online or offline and every contribution will count towards the goal,” said Nerissa Golden. “Nia has benefited tremendously from the Montserrat Foundation started by the late Sir George Martin. Rebecca Chalmers, Cris van Beuren and Ines Lapa saw her potential and worked with her. Ines Lapa helped with her online audition and that is why we have reached this stage.”
Nia plans to study for a bachelors in Vocal Performance and Film Composing. “I really love to perform and write my own songs. Also I want to create iconic music that audiences will remember when they watch a movie,” Nia shared. “My mom and a few organizations helped me to attend the Berklee Five Week Summer Camp in 2016 and it confirmed that this was where I wanted to study. The school is located in Boston, and is right in the heart of a lot of creativity and I will have many opportunities to grow as an artist.”
“I am really proud of Nia and what she has accomplished so far. I want to see her go as far as she possibly can and I hope everyone will contribute as much as they can to this goal. I am thankful that the opportunity exists for us to crowdfund her future,” her mother stated.
Follow Nia’s journey on her Facebook page at www.facebook.com/goldennia .