The Center for American Military Music Opportunities was founded in 2009 when Cathie Lechareas and Victor Hurtado recognized specific challenges that some of our veterans and active duty service members face.
After Cathie Lechareas and Victor Hurtado met for the first time to discuss their vision of a thriving music artist community made up of veterans and service members, the path was laid for what was certain to become rewarding benefits for troop artists today. They envisioned the creation of a military music community that would focus the world on America’s most musically and technically talented service members. Music artists with a history of serving their country in the military, were not receiving the artist development needed to succeed in the industry. Veterans interested in pursuing music industry careers in production, recording, management and other related music careers were typically not given the opportunity to train and learn in these professions.
In addition to the current operations in the Northern Virginia and Washington DC metro area, plans for acquiring or building physical centers in Tennessee, California, New York, Texas and other locations throughout the U.S. are underway. Ideally, each of these locations will have an educational component in partnership with a local university, a residence hall or housing arrangements, rehearsal space, studios, offices, and a music therapy wing.