Development – Opportunities
In wartime and at peace, the commitment of service has been honored in the United States throughout its history. The current conflicts raise this sense of honor to new levels. But service means sacrifice large and small. Among the sacrifices made is the opportunity to develop budding talent. For an individual demonstrating a competency in musicianship, he or she must often place that interest and skill on hold in pursuit of service to this nation. At the same time there is a critical window in the development of musical skill and talent, from age 18 to 24 — an age that corresponds to military service. As a result, their skill and talent that will not be given the same opportunity afforded their non-serving peers. Then enters CAMMO as the intervention to give voice to the troops, support veterans in supporting veterans, and connect our communities.
Beyond the development of the artistic abilities, the musical entertainment industry offers a multitude of employment opportunities for service members as they complete their service to this nation. From recording to producing, promoting, and supporting the careers of a musician offers many opportunities, but carry the need for training and experience. Such career development opportunities are purposely developed through CAMMO centers and performances.
Perhaps most profoundly, the musicianship of the military service personnel represents a unique opportunity to share and connect. Military conflict has been a reality of the human experience throughout recorded history. At the same time, musicianship and music has been the central bond of humanity since the beginning of time. Music gives voice and finds common ground. It unites. For peer-to-peer support of military service personnel, veterans of armed conflict, and civilian communities alike, it is music that possessed the therapeutic power to find acceptance and understanding. At a time of an all-volunteer military in wartime, when a relatively small percentage of the American population personally experience the sacrifices of war, CAMMO’s ability to leverage this connective power of music in our communities is raised to a higher level of importance. It facilitates a shared experience that goes beyond "honoring our heroes" and "yellow ribbons". Music allows us to see ourselves in each other, bridging the humanity and the rhythm we share.