Savanah Marshall, Music Education

“I couldn't be more excited to pursue my passions through this business endeavor.”

Meet Savanah Marshall ‘14, a graduate student in Music Education and Community Music. Marshall is the founder of Fresh Beets, a proposed community initiative in Lowell created to feed the mind, body and soul through food, music and education. Fresh Beets is a food truck and music venue in one with the belief that music and food are two of the most powerful modalities that bring people together, and should therefore never be separated. Both the food and music would be simultaneously shared with the community in a variety of settings, including at the University, in downtown Lowell, neighborhoods, school yards, skate parks, festivals, parades and private functions, etc. Food would be sourced locally from surrounding farms and suppliers, just as the music would be performed by local musicians at both the professional and student level.

The idea for this project originated in an Arts Administration and Marketing course Marshall completed in fall 2013. Taught by Professor John-Morgan Bush, this course guided Marshall and her classmates in the development of a vision for a non-profit or business they were interested in pursuing. With assignments like creating a mission statement, developing a budget, completing a SWOT analysis and writing a letter of interest, Marshall’s course work began to feel like a reality. At her final presentation, which was set up as an idea pitch for the DifferenceMaker program, Marshall received positive feedback from her professor, classmates and DifferenceMaker staff. As a result of this support, and her strong passion for the idea, she decided to officially take this initiative to the streets of Lowell. “I couldn’t be more excited to pursue my three passions through this business endeavor; Fresh Beets will feed, educate and excite the citizens of Lowell, a city I am proud to call my home,” says Marshall. 

In addition to valuing food and music in our community, Fresh Beets believes that all students deserve access to quality music education and relevant performance opportunities, regardless of financial constraints. Therefore, Fresh Beets would feature a time exchange economy in which students who wish to take music lessons could do so in exchange for their time, either serving food from the truck, playing music, or working with the community partners who supply fresh food to the truck. Food truck employees would also be music educators who teach private lessons on a variety of instruments, and who work with community music centers including public schools, UTEC, and the Lowell Boys and Girls Club, to facilitate group music making workshops. In this way, music students would work closely and collaboratively with their teachers and mentors, making for a more meaningful and fulfilling experience for students, educators and patrons of the truck.