Message in a Melody
Spurred by a personal encounter with pediatric cancer, members of the Electronic Dance Music Club at UCLA agreed that their passion for the culture of dance music and their studies at UCLA could fuel the flames of a new movement. As a student-run fundraising campaign for the Department of Pediatric Oncology at Mattel Children's Hospital, Message in a Melody was then born to harness the power of music for change.
In September 2015, EDMC had formally changed their organization’s identity to the Electronic Design & Music Collective, acknowledging that dance music also embraces free expression and creativity across a variety of mediums. As a result, Message in a Melody encouraged and invited individuals of different backgrounds to support the cause. Creatives include photographers and videographers to designers and producers. This was paired with their undergraduate experience in high-level research to better educate and advocate the fight against pediatric cancer.
Members of MIM and EDMC have studied Design Media Arts, Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology, Cognitive Science, Business Economics, Psychobiology, Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, History, Architecture, and more. Although highly diverse, UCLA has always made research and lab experience a common standard in undergraduate education across departments. As a result, the team’s affinity to new knowledge contributed to a greater understanding of pediatric cancer.
Well equipped to fundraise and educate, MIM raises funds by hosting student performances, receiving donations, and making homemade goods. At the end of the campaign, they celebrate their efforts with a free, on-campus, student concert. The concert is a demonstration of music’s power to bring people together, tapping into our innate affinities as humans. The battle with pediatric cancer is also one for our humanity, as we fight for every child to have a childhood. It is through music we can lend a helping hand, whether it be therapy or research.