This post is from my campaign on Indiegogo and PlumFund. Search "The Music Education Summit & Music Festival" to contribute to this campaign.
I must note on Indiegogo and PlumFund there are two levels I am striving for: $6,000 and $12,000. The smaller number is based on securing the venue and artists; the full amount is based on what is needed to do the entire event.
In 2007, I launched "The Rhythm & Soul Music Festival." It started as a way to give voices to musicians who did not have a platform to perform on. It grew when artists also expressed their lack of support for business opportunities. The third reason for RSMF: a lack of music education.
If the third were first the other two could be self-sufficient...self-fulfilling. Why do so many people want to sing, rap or dance? Because it is a way to live from self expression...which has great influence on others who admire and even mimic the artists and musicians they admire.
My cause is music education.
This event will give artists 4 things:
1. A platform to express themselves
2. A way to earn money from their expression
3. A day conference (and ongoing workshops) to learn about the business of music, instrumentation, voice lessons and more
4. A place to network with their peers and
5. Build an appreciative fan base
"The Mix To Go Music Summit" is a new event that will combine with "The Rhythm & Soul Music Festival" to focus on music education-workshops, dance classes, demo sessions and more during the day...and the festival in the evenings and at night.
Where the money goes:
to host it for two days
(The venue, sound, security)
2 bands for the concert
7 artists plus the hostess
(Flyers, posters, stage banners (2), event booklet to all who attend, certificate of completion to 100 students who attend 4 out of 7 day workshops; more will be made if the response is greater out of pocket by me)
Advertising (mostly online)
4 DJs to perform downstairs in between performances, evening event
Webmaster to create and maintain a site for a music education website for the ongoing events throughout the year via ning.com (he is only charging me $50/month!)
The cost of this event is small but what it will do for all who attend and participate is pricessless.
I am committed to doing more of these events every season...in up to four cities throughout the year for as long as I live and breathe. But the funding will hopefully be a one-time thing...after the first one is successful (and they always have been in the past) I will have the means to do more without sponsors or outside funding; I can sell tickets and other things.
The website I will create and maintain will allow students of all ages-especially young people-to learn about music as an art form and the right way to pursuit it as a business. I will utilize my own record deals to assist those who are ready to go and educate others. ..regardless of race, age or financial means.
The ongoing workshops will be hosted at the same venue we are renting for this event...I have made arrangements with the owner. He knows it is good business to give back...but he also knows as I do the importance of cultivating your community because THAT is good for all of us.
NO liquor will be served; this is about music education...not exploitation.
There will be NO SPONSORS...but advertising in our event guide will be allowed If these entities contribute positive services and/or products to this event.
Admission will be FREE.
Anyone who contributes is invited to attend and be recognized. ..but if you do not attend but contribute I would like to thank you in advance.
The Mix To Go Music Summit (May 14-17, 2015...first one this year) and
The Rhythm & Soul Music Festival
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Mix To Go Magazine is getting a sizeable makeover...from our CD size since 2008 to a traditional magazine size!
One of the main reasons for the change is we will post our issues on Joomag.com moving forward.
We'll post a link to the new look as soon as this coming week...with videos, news clips and a more interactive magazine...we have been wanting to do this for some time!
Enjoy your weekend.
Freedom & Martina Justice
Mix To Go Magazine
A few years ago a few DJs got together to discuss why DJs have the most impact on music but are not regarded as highly as the artists they are responsible for breaking year in and year out.
If it weren't for club and mix show DJs on particular much of the music people dance to would only be heard in the clubs...the way it was in the 70s and 80s.
Imagine a world renowned radio personality going to a locally known but in certain circles just as famous DJ to find out what is hot...then adding those songs to his station's playlist!
"That's how it used to be!" I argued to the amazement of the younger DJs. In their world it has to be on the radio to play it...and even of they remix it the remix can't deviate too much from the original, some retorted.
The internet has leveled the playing field...forcing radio to step up or be left behind. Ad agencies have gone after artists radio will often wait to expose. Commercials for technological products like phones and laptops are especially "new music friendly."
What does any of this have to do with your voting for a song? A DJ? An artist? Everything!
Debates such as those I occasionally have with my DJ peers are as common as a barbershop argument over basketball players-we want the artists to win but the label execs refuse to give certain artists and/or songs a chance to shine to the world...they look good on the bench but there's no action for them on the court.
What is your thought about who should get what recognition for the best songs, albums, remixes, etc? I'd like to know!
That has been my position since watching award show after award show politically select THEIR favorites over what the people have clearly chosen to be their favorites.
As a man of the people for the people, I boldly present to you, my beloved readers of Mix To Go Magazine, an opportunity to vote for your favorites!
It began not long after Mix To Go launched on 2008-an award issue with a dinner and fan-selected favorites. Imagine, said John Lennon!
Well this isn't just muy imagination running away with me (Smokey gets credit for that line), but a reality. So...categories were discussed with DJs, record execs, producers, models, party promoters, sound engineers, film critics and of course everyday people...and the Mix To Go Awards were born.
There won't be a red carpet, press conferences or social network campaigns...just the categories and a few ideas about who, what, when, where and how.
Nearly 50 awards were considered... but I wanted to focus on the music and things that related to it, just like Mix To Go Magazine.
In the photo shown in this article you will notice categories that mirror the main departments of the mag, but this year I will also add a few and expand the number of awards to include Miami, Las Vegas and Atlanta (for those of you who are stopping by for the first time, welcome...we are based in Brooklyn, NYC).
Since there are already so many award shows we DO know about I decided to avoid what everyone else covers...but "best song" and "best music video" here will be different than MTV, BET or the Grammy's. Wait...do the Grammys honor music videos?!
The March issue will be our announcement for the best of the year but in the future (as it was years past) the categories will be posted in September, nominees presented in October and the winners in the January issue...however there MAY be an award dinner this year with proceeds to benefit a music charity and another TBA.
Thanks to the DJs of Mix To Go Music Pool (officially up Saturday, February 7, 2015!!) for their suggestions; entertainment industry associates who weighed in on their favorites and everyday people (such as the members of my Facebook group "Mix To Go Massive") who made suggestions, submitted ideas and got involved... this is why I do this!
Remember: categories and winners in March!
Mix To Go Magazine
Each year since 2010 Mix To Go Magazine has covered Atlanta International Fashion Week. This coming summer MTGM teams with the ATLIFW team to co-produce a few parties, red carpet events, live music shows and more!
Watch our "Fashion Fridays" posts weekly begining next week and also the official kick off of our return to Bar 13 with our models and urban professionals mixing it up weekly after work in NYC!
Pictured is last week's mix but you can here BOTH here:
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This ALL NEW mix (podcast, if you mixed it live online earlier) is a DJ TRIBUTE TO MARY J. BLIGE.
This mix is the second time I have done it; the first was 4 years ago (2011)...but I think this one is better. :)
You can still here the first one here: www.mixcloud.com/MixToGo
(I was going to take it down but...you can compare notes and tell me what you think!)
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