about the mile
The Music Is Love Exchange (MILE) operates with two primary purposes:
RELIEF IN THE US:
Empowering musicians to do charitable things in their community and on the road. the MILE supports the effort of touring artists, working with them to create interest in and visibility for our cause, and to perform for under-served or needy communities across the country. Our intention is to enable artists to improve the communities that they tour through.
RELIEF IN GUATEMALA:
The MILE annually leads groups of artists and fans to Guatemala for week long service trips. Through our extended volunteer community, as well as each artist's core fan base, groups of "Milers" are selected to join their favorite artists on a week-long service mission to Guatemala. There, they will take part in daily service projects, volunteering alongside the artist in the local communities of Lake Atitlan. Additionally, these service trips include nightly house concerts, day-trips to neighboring towns and villages, resort/camp-style accommodations, food and transportation as included. All proceeds from these excursions will equally support the ongoing efforts of MILE, and their objective of improving lives and communities through Love.
Our efforts in Guatemala have become progressively more impactful, highlights of our service projects and their impact:
The MILE has purchased and distributed water purification kits to families on Lake Atitlan, generating over 110 million gallons of clean drinking water
The MILE funded construction for a brand-new school house building, then painted the building alongside school faculty and students. We have painted numerous schools, churches, and other structures in the communities we serve.
The MILE assisted in the opening of a hospital clinic in Cerro De Oro, an outpost of Hospitalito in Santiago where the MILE has completed many days of service
The MILE is currently establishing a school music program in Tierra Santa, working in conjunction with local officials and educators to shape a program that is inclusive of indigenous culture and methods of instruction
The MILE has put on countless performances at schools, churches, hospitals, and other key focal points within Guatemalan communities