Musicians in the Metropolitan Area of Detroit and across the State of Michigan are listening to the "sound of silence" because clubs, churches, organizations and venues that require music are closed--closed on orders of Governor Gretchen Whitmer. Her "Stay Home, Stay Safe" order comes in the wake of the coronavirus spreading rapidly in Michigan. Hospital beds are running scare as hospitals scramble to take care of patients.
How Are Musicians Handling "No Work?"
Like everybody else...trying to "make ends meet." It looks like the Stimulus Package will pass soon, so, maybe after the virus is under control, a sense of normalcy will resume. Also, once the stimulus money gets in your hands, "catch-up." In the meantime, what do musicians do? Well...if you have computer skills, consider setting the groundwork for an online business, and when the economy gets better, manage it between gigs. That can be another source of income. Take a look at the list of resources below:
National Endowment for the Arts A list of art service organizations that are providing frequently updated news and resources for artists and arts organizations.
Creative Capital A list of resources for artists working in all disciplines, as well as arts philanthropists, and arts professionals. As well as a list of arts events that have moved online.
Artwork Archive Relief Fund A list of emergency resources for artists as well as an ongoing list of crowdfunding efforts to provide financial relief for artists.
Freelance Artists Resource List An aggregated list of free resources, opportunities, and financial relief options available to artists of all disciplines, specifically meant to serve freelance artists.
Artists Thrive A compilation of resources, tools and opportunities that aim to provide artists and those who work with artists support to be able to thrive in the wake of these challenging circumstances.
DJ LEON WRIGHT: As a licensed radio DJ, "working the microphone" is not foreign to Leon Wright. . . it's returning to something he once knew and loved. That's because his specialty is AIR STEM CAT Technology, serving as an information technology specialist for the United States Army.
From 2000 until today, Wright has set-up and operated sound audio boards for several churches. Thus, he will join EAMT RADIO with a workable knowledge of the technological world.
Once DJ Wright hits the "air waves," he will reach into his Jazz repertoire of music and spin sounds. He may also draw on his experience as a chaplain and add a few sacred sounds.
So. . . watch your mailboxes for the day he will officially join "EAMT - The PLACE 2B!"
EAMT RADIO announces its NEW DJ…Pastor Stan Rayford...a man of music and...”The Word!” You heard his “Word,” now…hear his music! If you love Jazz, you will love Inspirational Jazz! So…join DJ Rayford every Sunday from 3 pm to 5 pm on eamtradio.com. EAMT-The Place 2B!
Stan Rayford M.A., L.L.P.C, is also a psychologist, licensed in the State of Michigan and has practiced for 22 years, specializing in premarital, marital and family counseling. Find him at his Troy Office @ 525 E. Big Beaver #210, 48083.
If faith and spirituality are the guideposts for clients, Pastor Rayford can handle that too. Visit his church: Restoration Fellowship Tabernacle.
But… on Sundays from 3 pm to 5 pm, connect with DJ Stan Rayford on EAMT – The Place 2B for INSPIRATIONAL JAZZ for a SUNDAY AFTERNOON! Don’t have the FREE app? Here it is…click here.
The EDUCATIONAL ARTS CHRISTMAS PARTY was held at the St Regis Hotel in Detroit and consisted of Educational Arts Society board members, advisory board members and their guests. It was as close-knit crowd with frivolous conversation, pleasant memories and lots of laughter. Background music reached out to guests as they filtered in . . .
CEO Walter D. Parham
As the evening progressed, CEO Walter Parham called for speeches and handed out awards to several deserving members. It was a fun-filled occasion with gratitude for another year. Highlights of the year are in the slide show below:
The Party ended with a beautiful rendition by Gospel Singer Loren Harper
An American record executive, record producer, songwriter, film producer and television producer. He is best known as the founder of the Motown record label and its subsidiaries. Gordy was born in Detroit, worked in the automotive industry and used knowledge learned there to mold and shape his own music industry.
The Berry Gordy Mansion
What is the Motown sound? The video below will shed light on the musicians, songwriters and the sound.
At first glance, the title of the book, "Stuck . . .but Loving It" by ANTONETTE (TONI) MCILWAIN, seems to forecast negativism and failure, . . . .but flipping open the cover and delving into the story, the reader discovers the title points to the opposite. . . notably, positive life changes--changes not only made by the author for herself, but changes that inspired countless others to change their lives for the betterment of mankind!
Growing up in an abusive household where she saw her mother repeatedly beaten by her stepfather, falling prey to the same treatment by her boyfriend who later became an abusive husband, Toni seemed to be destined for a lifetime of humiliation and destruction. Not so. One day, courage, faith and inner strength, made her take her four small children and walk out into a world with no place to go, no food to eat, no money to buy anything and no clear pathway before her. All she knew . . . was there had to be something better . . . because "I am somebody!"
What did she do? How did she do it? Where did she go? How did she and her children survive? Whatever it was, it caused a world to welcome her with open arms . . . and a president to take notice!
Let her tell you . . .
Tune in to "Talk to the Author"with Dr. Mamie Smith at 5 pm on November 29, 2019 @ eamtradio.com and hear her amazing story!
Dr. Mamie Smith
Get a head start by running over to amazon and grabbing her book! It's a touching story. . . one you will remember for a long time.
Hitsville U.S.A. is the birthplace of Motown music--the unique sound that changed the world in the 60s and 70s! Over 70,000 visitors each year walk through the structure that gave rise to voices like The Supremes, Smokey Robinson, Mary Wells, The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and The Four Tops. Of course, there were many more...including the songwriters, instrumentalists and the Founder Berry Gordy Jr, the guy who started it all.
So...when it was discovered that the museum was planning a 50 million-dollar expansion, anticipation and excitement filled the atmosphere! It could not have happened to a greater musical legacy and city. The planned project is set to reach 50,000 square ft. and looks like it could be part of the Las Vegas Strip...but it isn't. It's Motown-our town!
After Berry moved his record label enterprise to L.A., Hitsville U.S.A. closed, but emerged as a nonprofit in 1985 and has served visitors for 34 years.
Fundraising for the nonprofit began in 2016, intensified in 2017 and has garnered support from heavy hitters like the DTE Energy Foundation, UAW-Ford, Ford Motor and William Davidson Foundation.
As a young woman listening to the falsetto voice of Eddie Kendrick and the "soulful, churchy" voice of David Ruffin, the writer joins others in recognizing that it is high time the city honors the men and women who shared their talents with the world, and positively influenced social issues and American values.
God Sent by Rafa Don, is a single in the Hip Hop/Rapgenre that reveals the transformation of rap music from what many perceived as inner city, subculture music by African Americans, to the respected genre it is today–a musical entity that has found its way into mainstream pop. God Sent went a step further and labeled its secondary category as Christian/Gospel. The lyrics suggest faith, determination and an awareness of the origin of true goodness. It is simply saying, “All goodness comes from God.” God Sent can be found in places like Amazon,Spotify, Youtube and the artist’s website @ http://makewayent.com.
At times, have you ever felt the world is swirling around you, moving at a pace difficult to reconcile? God Sent encourages slowing the pace, embracing the natural elements of life and gaining an inner peace. Originally, four key elements defined rap music: chanting rhythmically, scratching with turntables, break dancing and graffiti writing.God Sent represents two of those: chanting rhythmically and DJ turntables. So…walk over to iTunes or one of the websites listed above and let this single be a “God Sent”for you.
The Prayer Breakfast is the Second Annual Fundraiser. Funds support FREE lessons for under-privileged children and the purchase and repair of musical instruments for the children. Donations are accepted here. No donation is too large or too small.
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