The WTMA is a 501 (C)3 nonprofit organization fiscally sponsored by Fractured Atlas.
We are dedicated to providing learning opportunities on the craft and business of
performing, singing and songwriting. All styles of music are welcome and membership
includes people of all ages. WTMA monthly activities include meetings with guest
speakers, song critiques and performance showcases in the Ector Opry. In addition,
the WTMA supports and promotes workshops, benefit concerts and contests.
LOCAL BUSINESSES AND INDIVIDUALS STEP FORWARD IN NASHVILLE OR BUST CAMPAIGN:
The campaign officially started on April 1st and everyone at the WTMA got busy.......real
busy. The song writers helped decide which organizations to help with their songwriting
abilities. Among those agencies are the United Way of Odessa, Meals on Wheels, S.H.A.R.E,
Hope House Odessa, Centers for Children and Families and the Odessa Police Department.
They have plans for 6 more in the works.
Permian Pawn & Jewelry quickly stepped in and took the sponsorship for the United
Way of Odessa song and music video. Two other private individuals are sponsors for
Meals on Wheels and Hope House Odessa.
“Their kindness and generosity are greatly appreciated. Not only does their sponsorship
help the non-profit organizations it also helps the students gain experience at writing
songs. The songs have been written for all of the organizations mentioned and now
we will begin the phase of recording the music and then making them into music videos.”,
said Bruce Beaird, President of the WTMA.
Sponsors are still needed for the other agencies in order for the group to finish
each song and video. They are working feverishly to head to Nashville this summer
and are over half way there. Much more work still needs to be done. Dean Teagarden,
Anna Marie, Raquel Arinevas, Caleb York and Katie Smith will be attending the recording
session at Beaird Music Group in Nashville along with other friends and family. The
money raised will be used only for those recording but others are going for support.
“Writing songs is a process. This is not just something you can set down and do in
a few minutes. Editing is the key along with making sure the song flows and transitions
properly. I visit with the agencies to make sure we are on the right track. Our goal
is to make a product that will best benefit the agencies we are doing this for. It
has been a wild emotional ride visiting with these agencies and realizing just what
they do. It is amazing to see so many generous people and agencies that are in our
community. The love they have for people in trying situations is enough to overwhelm
a person when you look at them combined. I think I’m gonna have to get a bigger heart
to hold all of this.”, says Bruce.
Together the members have raised almost $7,000.00 but are still asking businesses
and individuals to sponsor more songs and videos. They will need $12,000.00 to reach
their goal. They also plan on visiting other studios and various music organizations
as part of their educational trip in June.
The WTMA is funded only by private donations and advertising on the website. If you
or someone you know would like to help they can be contacted here on the website
or by calling Bruce Beaird at 432-238-5087. Donations are tax deductible.