Marco is dedicated to making Memphis a better place on and beyond the music scene. In 2013, he created "Books on Beale" a benefit concert to promote literacy in the greater Memphis area. The event marshaled $20,000 in resources, featured 12 performing artists, and was sponsored by 13 local individuals and companies. Most importantly, Books on Beale collected over 500 books to help kick start Story Booth in the Crosstown neighborhood. The Story Booth library has been named for Marco in honor of his achievements with the inaugural Books on Beale. This year, Books on Beale will continue to build on its initial success to expand literacy in Memphis.
Marco’s other key accomplishments include:
- Being contacted by the Mayor’s Office to create a song for ACTV in conjunction with A.C. Wharton’s 25 Squares program, which aims to fight blight in Memphis neighborhoods.
- Being featured in Dr. Joyce Knudsen 2013 book, Successful Failures: Wisdom Through The Ages For Musicians, which also featured former American Idol finalist and Grammy award-winning artist Ashton Jones.
- Being featured in a number of media contexts, including features in many local TV shows such as "Live at 9," "Brink TV", "Bright Spot with Markova Reed", "Kid Talk with Shania". Marco has also been featured in Memphis magazines/blogs such as "iLoveMemphisblog", "The Memphis Flyer", "The Grind" to name a few.
A small investment in Marco will reap major benefits for Memphis, from a sustainable local music scene to community improvement and empowerment. With your support, we can transform our art and our community.