Pow Wow! School of Music
Founded in 2013, Pow! Wow! Hawaii gave birth to a music initiative called POW! WOW! School of Music (PWSOM). Its purpose was to establish an educational platform that gives young local musicians not only the opportunity to meet and connect with other music professionals, but also the chance to be exposed to unfamiliar musical territories in order to expand their horizons. As PWSOM has been held in conjunction with Pow! Wow!, participants have composed and written new songs and performed at several key Pow! Wow! events and closing ceremonies. Rather than a competition, PWSOM harbors a sense of companionship amongst the participants. As the community grew from its success in Hawaii, PWSOM has recently expanded to SXSW and Long Beach. The next event will be held in Tokyo Japan in October 2015.