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NIELSEN GAINS MRC ACCREDITATION OF FIVE ADDITIONAL AUDIO PPM MARKETS      

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NIELSEN GAINS MRC ACCREDITATION OF FIVE ADDITIONAL AUDIO PPM MARKETS

New York, NY - May 30, 2018 - Nielsen (NYSE: NLSN) announced today that it has been granted accreditation by the Media Rating Council (MRC) for five additional PPM Audio markets including Columbus, Ohio, Greensboro-Winston Salem-High Point, N.C., Indianapolis, Ind., Jacksonville, Fla., and Salt Lake City-Ogden-Provo, Utah. This brings the total to 30 PPM audio markets out of 48 that are accredited by the MRC for Nielsen Audio’s monthly Average Quarter Hour Ratings.

“We congratulate Nielsen for meeting the rigorous requirements necessary to extend MRC accreditation for its PPM monthly Average Quarter Hour estimates to these five additional radio markets,” said MRC Executive Director and CEO George W. Ivie. “This outcome evidences Nielsen’s commitment to continuous improvement, and we look forward to continuing our work with Nielsen as it strives to meet the needs of the industry by ultimately earning MRC accreditation for all audio markets that are part of the PPM service.”

Nielsen remains the trusted currency for the U.S. audio marketplace. Nielsen’s continuous quality improvement program is focused across all markets, accredited and non-accredited. Nielsen will work to build on this momentum by continuing to work with the MRC and clients to achieve and retain accreditation in all PPM markets.

Brad Kelly, Managing Director for Nielsen Audio said, “We are pleased to have achieved MRC accreditation in these additional markets. This demonstrates our continued commitment to quality for the industry’s gold standard audio measurement and it helps enhance our client’s confidence in the currency.”

In today’s fragmented media landscape, marketers and advertisers increasingly value advertising that delivers broad reach. Audio is the top weekly reach medium, with 93% of U.S. adults listening to radio every week.

On a final note, the MRC board also voted to remove accreditation of the San Francisco PPM Audio market. Nielsen stands behind the estimates produced for San Francisco and will continue to work with the MRC and clients to regain accreditation in this market.

 

NYMRAD Reports Commercial Radio Access Still Outshines Spotify

Spotify New York Market Radio Broadcasters Association (NYMRAD) Publishes its 1st Quarter 2018 State of the Market Report New SpotifyYork, NY (April 23, 2018) - New York Market Radio Association (NYMRAD) has released the First Quarter, 2018 State of the New York Market Report. The comprehensive analysis of the NY marketplace is designed to help advertisers understand Radio’s impact on consumers and its prominent role in the local advertising landscape. The extensive report assesses the New York area economy, including business drivers, and provides up-to-date consumer research on music consumption, radio usage, and more. In addition to the New York market, this quarter’s report places a special focus on the summer season (which includes outdoor activities, museum exhibition openings, sporting events, and vacations). “Interest and attendance in outdoor activities skyrockets during the summer months as people will be traveling by car to outdoor destinations such as amusements, parks and beaches. As time in-car increases during the season, it is the perfect time to use Radio advertising to reach consumers on the go” says NYMRAD’s Executive Director, Debbie Beagan. “Radio's emotional and trusted connection with listeners makes it the most unique and engaging medium to drive brand awareness." The NYMRAD State of the Market Report provides specific business trends as well as local information from a variety of sources including Nielsen Audio, New York Times, NJ Business, Labor Statistics for the New York City Region, Media Monitors and many more. FULL REPORT HERE New York Market Radio Association (NYMRAD) is a trade organization dedicated to evangelizing the superior results and consumer engagement that New York’s audio brands deliver. Provoke Insights is a full-service market research firm specializing in advertising, communication, brand equity, product development, product launches, media, and content marketing research. We help build and grow brands using qualitative and quantitative research. "The value of Radio has increased in the last year. In 2016, Radio transactions increased in value by 6; by the end of 2017, transactions valued $3.3 billion.24 While other players such as Pandora and Spotify continue to disrupt the way we listen to audio, Radio still has the furthest reach. Radio reaches 93% of the population each day, while Pandora and Spotify only reach 15% and 5%, respectively. Ninety-five percent of the population have access to Radio, while only 25% have access to Pandora and 31% to Spotify."

Capitol Music Group Launches Capitol Innovation Center: A Focus on Tech and the Future...

 Capitol Music Group (CMG), a division of Universal Music Group (UMG), has launched the Capitol Innovation Center (CIC) to bring together leading thinkers from the music and technology industries, as well as the student community, to help drive the future of innovation in music. Based in the iconic Capitol Tower and the company's state-of-the-art Studios in Hollywood, California, the CIC will provide space and conduct event programming designed to foster innovative ideas, bridge the gap between content creators and the tech community, and foster the next generation of leaders in music. The CIC opens its doors on April 15 with a collaborative workspace and songwriting studio where students, technologists, and content creators will work together under one roof. At the recent SXSW Music Hackathon in Austin TX, winning teams were chosen to spend a week in June at Capitol Tower, gaining access to the CIC's workspace, studio, and team of mentors. Other initial participants in the CIC include UMG Accelerator Engagement Network and Abbey Road Red Incubator. The CIC will host a series of events, including Speaker Workshops and Hackathons. CIC's first Speaker Workshop: The Future She Built, a conversation on inclusion and change, will be held on April 18 in partnership with Select Management Group. Confirmed speakers include COO of CMG Michelle Jubelirer, Founder/Director of the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative Stacy Smith, President of SAG-AFTRA Gabrielle Carteris, and President & COO of the LA Sparks Christine Simmons. The first CIC Hackathon, set for June 2 and 3, will bring together software developers, acclaimed producers, songwriters, and influencers in a challenge to incubate new waves of music-related products, services, and content. For the duration of the Hackathon, participants will have access to the state-of-the-art Capitol Recording Studios, as well as a catalog of UMG audio streaming tracks delivered by partners 7digital (B2B digital music and radio services company) and Cloudinary (cloud-based media management for developers and brand managers). Winning developer teams will be eligible for an 8-month innovation license to draw from this catalog, while winning content teams will have their finished pieces heard by representatives of Capitol's A&R team. The Hackathon will be held in collaboration with Travis Laurendine, the producer behind North America's top music festival and conference hackathons including SXSW, Outside Lands, and Canadian Music Festival. On June 9, CIC will host A Women's Immersive Recording Arts Summit, an all-day series of keynote speakers and production workshops held in partnership with Women's Audio Mission (WAM). Confirmed speakers for the event include COO of CMG Michelle Jubelirer, recording and mixing engineer Marcella Araica, VP/Studio Manager of Capitol Studios Paula Salvatore, Founder & Executive Director of WAM Terri Winston, and music producer, songwriter and entrepreneur TRAKGIRL. Of the upcoming CIC launch, CMG Chairman & CEO Steve Barnett: "With its diverse offerings of original programming and communal workspace, we believe that the Capitol Innovation Center has the potential to further transform our Tower into a destination where brilliant minds can come together to share ideas, knowledge, and creativity across social and generational barriers, as well as pioneer breakthroughs that will drive the music industry into the future."  

2018 STELLAR AWARDS NOMINEES CELEBRATED AT ASCAP AND MOTOWN GOSPEL “MORNING GLORY” BREAKFAST IN...

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DJ Khaled and Get Schooled Announce New Scholarship under Major Keys Campaign

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New Poll: Music Listeners Across All Demographics Flocking to Internet and Streaming Services

New Poll: Music Listeners Across All Demographics Flocking to Internet and Streaming Services

Artists Left Behind as Outdated Copyright Laws Fail to Keep Up With Evolution in Music Listening Habits

 According to a new Morning Consult survey, the music industry is viewed as one of the most rapidly changing industries in the last decade with streaming services and YouTube being used by large majorities of listeners, and especially popular among millennials (ages 18-34), African American and Hispanic adults. Younger adults are driving the change in how listeners consume music with almost 80 percent of millennials and 76 percent of adults ages 35-44 saying they use streaming services to access music. Interestingly, more than half of adults ages 45-64 and one-third of adults 65 and older also say they use streaming services like Pandora, Spotify, Tidal, and Apple Music. “This research confirms what the market clearly shows, that digital services are where we now turn for music,” said musicFIRST Executive Director Chris Israel. “The music ecosystem is thriving from rapid innovation that has enabled access to virtually any song from any device at any time. Now we must seize the moment to make sure the rights of music creators are respected across every listening platform and change the outdated copyright laws that govern music to reflect this modern era.” More than 75 percent of the 2,201 adults polled last month believe the internet is important to a thriving music industry, with nearly 40 percent reporting higher usage of online streaming services than five years ago. The survey also found that YouTube continues to grow in popularity with:
  • More than 50 percent of all adults who use YouTube to access the music, including 1-in-2 adults in rural communities and 63 percent in urban communities;
  • 40 percent of adults who report using YouTube for music more than they did five years ago; and
  • 73 percent of millennials who use YouTube to listen to music.
Smartphones and tablets are go-to devices to access music by:
  • 65 percent of all adults;
  • 82 percent of millennials;
  • 60 percent of adults living in rural and 69 percent of adults living in urban communities; and
  • 69 percent of non-white adults ages 35 and older; and
  • 56 percent of white adults ages 35 and older.
Adults are as likely to listen to music through an online streaming service as the radio. One in 3 adults also report using satellite radio in their cars, including 1-in-2 non-white millennials and 40 percent of non-white adults ages 35 and older. The new poll comes on the heels of a call from more than 210 artists on Congress to pass the bipartisan CLASSICS Act (H.R. 3301 / S. 2393), a bill pending in the House and Senate that addresses a glaring loophole in U.S. copyright law that prevents artists who recorded songs before February 15, 1972 from being paid when their work is played through digital streaming services and satellite radio. “Music creators are embracing the new digital environment and are excited to work with policymakers to enact much-needed reforms like the CLASSICS Act,” added Israel. “We need to modernize our music laws so that they keep pace with the change we are seeing in the market. We want every music service that respects artists to thrive and grow, and we are coming together with them to build a policy environment that holds up creators and allows innovation to flourish. In addition to the proposed changes in this bill, we support a remedy to the value gap that holds popular services like YouTube accountable for fairly compensating artists for their work.” Full findings from recent Morning Consult polling can be found here. The musicFIRST Coalition was founded in 2007 by a broad spectrum of organizations representing musicians, recording artists, managers, music businesses, and performance right advocates. Since then, it has expanded nationally to include dozens of partner organizations and groups who support music creators. To learn more, visit us at musicfirstcoalition.org and follow the conversation on Twitterand Facebook.

Entertainment Industry leaders launch new association

rfocus.org   Local Entertainment Industry leaders launch new association and partners with a credit union to bring Atlanta’s creative community financial soundness. A group of visionary professionals have come together in an effort to influence, inspire and educate those in Atlanta's entertainment industry about financial literacy, wealth building and career sustainability. This Alliance board is composed of independent entertainment business owners, educators, IT professionals, lawyers, investors, bankers, publishers and marketing experts that all recognize that Georgia is quickly becoming a production capital of the world. BEA (Backstage Economic Alliance) officially opens its doors of membership to unite Atlanta’s inspired community, both individuals and associations, under the common bond of financial cultivation for all. The nonprofit will feature individual mentoring sessions to its members supported by free-to-members financial education webinars, phone conferences and yearly retreats starting in 2018. Our projects include preparedness and administering entertainment loan and grant programs, creating an internal credit line and real-world business establishment. “BEA’s goal is to empower Atlanta’s artist community to have the financial knowledge they need to build and sustain wealth for their families in an industry that has abnormal pay structures and salaries. We help our members grow their careers, manage their money and make smart financial decisions for the short & long terms. As making money and finding success is a common bond between all those who work in film, television, music, digital entertainment and new media industries. We want BEA to be the conduit for our members to work together for the further prosperity.” says Founder and Executive Director Aneesah-Bray Power. BEA's Mission is designed to keep more money in members’ pockets. This means partnering with local entities to create Atlanta’s first Entertainment Credit Union while uniting existing and new organizations to build the wealth of Atlanta's prolific ecosystem. We currently have a credit union partner in 1St Choice to assist in the first steps of our program. “Finally, an association fully focused on unifying our niche groups to establish individual financial solvency so every creative can achieve life goals doing what they love”, says Co-President Bram Bessoff. As BEA grows, we will build a stronger relationship with our members by adding tailored programs, provide technologically advanced tools and leverage our financial powers to make financially strategic decisions that benefit and profit all who join. To become a member sign on to ATLbackstage.com or BEAAtl.org and click join. BEA Mission: Backstage Economic Alliance is a non-profit membership organization that provides financial education and coaching for Atlanta's creative community. Its members are comprised of Musicians, Actors, Filmmakers, Artists, and entertainment small business owners throughout the metropolitan area. In support of this, BEA provides ways to unite the factions of our ecosystem with workshops, networking events, partner benefits and counseling to its members.

NAB SHOW PANEL TO EXPLORE THE RISE OF DIGITAL LEADERS IN BROADCAST

rfocus.org NAB SHOW PANEL TO EXPLORE THE RISE OF DIGITAL LEADERS IN BROADCAST -- Panel features executives from Raycom Media, ABC Owned Television Stations Group, The E.W. Scripps Company and Capitol Broadcasting Company -- WASHINGTON, D.C.-- Digital managers-turned-senior corporate leaders from top broadcast companies will discuss the shift in corporate executive progression from digital professional to CEO in a panel at the 2018 NAB Show in Las Vegas on Monday, April 9. In the session titled “DFXtra: Digital Leaders Take Charge – President and CEO Panel,” each panelist will discuss his or her path from digital leader to top executive and how this shift may signal a new focus for the industry. The panel is part of the Digital Futures Exchange (DFX) powered by PILOT - an innovation initiative of the National Association of Broadcasters. Moderated by NAB Executive Vice President of Technology and Chief Technology Officer Sam Matheny, the panel will feature Capitol Broadcasting Company President and COO Jimmy Goodmon; Raycom Media CEO Pat LaPlatney; ABC Owned Television Stations Group President Wendy McMahon; and The E.W. Scripps Company CEO Adam Symson. “Experience in digital media and program development is in growing demand as broadcasters seize opportunities on platforms that transcend traditional boundaries,” said Executive Director of PILOT John Clark. “As the industry continues to advance, the journey to broadcasting’s C-level positions increasingly passes through the digital department.” Life-long broadcaster Jimmy Goodmon has spent his career working in various roles at multiple Capitol Broadcasting Company entities and was named president and COO of Capitol Broadcasting in September 2017. Previously, Goodmon served as vice president and general manager of Capitol Broadcasting’s CBC New Media Group where he led several digital initiatives and oversaw strategic acquisitions. Pat LaPlatney is president and chief executive officer of Raycom Media and previously served as EVP at Raycom Sports. During his tenure he oversaw distribution, programming, events and business development. LaPlatney built his digital background with Metro Networks as senior vice president of television and digital media where he assembled Metro's news services division and developed the first commercial traffic website. Wendy McMahon serves as president of the ABC Owned Television Stations Group. In her previous role as senior VP, McMahon was responsible for the group's digital content, products, technology and audience development strategies. She oversaw the adoption of data-driven, mobile first video strategies, which led to high video metrics, social reach and engagement. McMahon also has experience as VP of creative services and programming for KABC-TV, Los Angeles, and director of creative services for CBS stations in Boston and Minneapolis. As chief executive officer of The E.W. Scripps Company, Adam Symson is responsible for Scripps’ digital businesses in more than 25 Scripps local markets and nationally at Newsy, Midroll and Cracked. Symson has overseen the operation, content and revenue for Scripps’ TV division's interactive businesses since 2011 and previously served as the company’s chief digital officer. Click here to view the full DFX schedule. NAB Show news media registration is available here. About NAB Show NAB Show, held April 7-12, 2018 in Las Vegas, is the world's largest convention encompassing The M.E.T. Effect, the convergence of media, entertainment and technology. With 103,000 attendees from 161 countries and 1,800+ exhibitors, NAB Show is the ultimate marketplace for solutions that transcend traditional broadcasting and embrace content delivery to new screens in new ways. From creation to consumption, across multiple platforms and countless nationalities, NAB Show is where global visionaries convene to bring content to life in new and exciting ways. For complete details, visit www.nabshow.com. About NAB The National Association of Broadcasters is the premier advocacy association for America's broadcasters. NAB advances radio and television interests in legislative, regulatory and public affairs. Through advocacy, education and innovation, NAB enables broadcasters to best serve their communities, strengthen their businesses and seize new opportunities in the digital age. Learn more at www.nab.org.

MY FRIEND’S PLACE TO COMMEMORATE THREE DECADES OF ASSISTING AND INSPIRING THE HOMELESS YOUTH OF LOS ANGELES

Radio Facts: MY FRIEND’S PLACE TO COMMEMORATE THREE DECADES OF ASSISTING AND INSPIRING THE HOMELESS YOUTH OF LOS ANGELES WITH STAR-STUDDED BENEFIT GALA  ACTOR/COMEDIAN/MUSICIAN JACK BLACK WILL HOST THE GALA ON...

LA Unified Concert to Benefit Arts Education The LA Unified Arts Education Branch Seeks...

dororthy chandler pavillionLos Angeles, CA - On April 12, 2018, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LA Unified) will host a Benefit Concert at The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion Downtown Los Angeles. The Benefit Concert, presented in association with The Music Center, will feature A-List Performers who are committed to giving back to the next generation of artists. LA Unified student artists from selected schools will perform alongside celebrity guests. In addition, notable LA Unified alumni will join the festivities as hosts to advocate for arts education. The full roster of performers and hosts for the Benefit Concert will be announced when tickets go on sale mid-February. Los Angeles is one of the most vibrant, artistic and creative centers in the world. LA Unified’s Arts Education Branch (AEB) is committed to ensure that every school in the district provides arts classes, arts instruction, and arts experiences for every student in the district. "The LA Unified Arts Education Branch is seeking to utilize all of the arts ecosystem through its far-reaching programming,” said Senior Executive Director of the Arts, Rory Pullens. “We are looking to raise awareness of the importance of arts education for students, how the arts provide them with the necessary skills for successful futures. The Benefit Concert will celebrate the value of the arts and the huge positive impact it has on students and our economy.” Through this Benefit Concert, the Arts Education Branch will raise additional funding to expand its arts efforts and forge closer partnerships with companies and individuals committed to the arts, arts education, and future generations of artists. The AEB is committed to preparing its students for the 21st Century. From the career pathway workshops with the entertainment studios who are a part of its Creative Industry Coalition, to the student Film Festivals held at the Academy of Motion Pictures of Arts and Sciences annually, to the Creativity Summit designed to ignite creative civic action through the arts, to its Emmy award nominated Spotlight Arts! show on KLCS, to the army of arts partners in its vibrant Art Cultural Network, to creative Arts Integration and STEAM professional developments, the Arts Education Branch seeks to provide arts exposure to 100% of its students. The AEB is proud to be presenting the Benefit Concert at The Music Center given the arts organization’s pioneering role in arts education and leadership in expanding and diversifying its arts programming. “We have a longstanding relationship serving and supporting LA Unified, so hosting this concert in a Music Center venue is natural extension of that support,” said Rachel Moore, president and CEO, The Music Center. LA Unified is proud of its successes, and those to come. Its students and alumni are routinely chosen to perform in local, national, and international venues. Alumni are Oscar, Grammy, Tony and Emmy-award winners, but more importantly, contributing artists to the cultural landscape that makes a difference in the world. The Benefit Concert evening at The Music Center will add to that legacy. About the Los Angeles Unified School District (LA Unified): Second largest in the nation, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LA Unified) enrolls nearly 650,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade, at over 900 schools that offer a variety of specialized and comprehensive educational programs. The boundaries spread over 720 square miles in six local districts that include the metropolitan city of Los Angeles as well as all or parts of 31 smaller municipalities and several unincorporated sections of Southern California. lausd.net  

musicFIRST Applauds Senate Introduction of the CLASSICS Act

rfocus.org  Today, musicFIRST Coalition Executive Director Chris Israel welcomed the introduction of the bipartisan Compensating Legacy Artists for their Songs, Service, and Important Contributions to Society (CLASSICS) Act in the U.S. Senate: “Songs recorded before 1972 are the very essence of America’s rich musical history. They are an endless source of inspiration for all music creators and provide the literal soundtrack to the lives of generations of fans. Yet because of an inexplicable glitch in copyright law, royalties do not have to be paid for pre-72 recordings, locking some our most beloved artists out of fair compensation while digital, satellite and AM/FM radio stations reap profits from stations dedicated strictly to playing ’oldies.’ “With today’s introduction of the CLASSICS Act in the Senate, a rapidly growing list of music’s champions in Congress are committed to fixing this inequity now so that legacy artists can finally be justly compensated when their songs are played. “The musicFIRST Coalition applauds Senators John Kennedy (R-La.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) for introducing this important legislation and for working to ensure that music has value, no matter what year it was made in. We also continue to be grateful to the House Judiciary Committee, Chairman Darrell Issa, Ranking Member Jerry Nadler and the many other CLASSICS Act co-sponsors for introducing this bill in the House, shining a light on this once little-known issue and using their platform to tirelessly advocate for music creators.”

Poynter and the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) Announce 2017 Academy for Diversity...

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Ohio Based Reverend Darrell Scott Rescinds Statement about "Gang Thugs" Asking him to Pass Message to Trump 1

Ohio Based Reverend Darrell Scott Rescinds Statement about “Gang Thugs” Asking him to Pass...

[caption id="attachment_23865" align="alignnone" width="793"]rfocus.org Omorasa is obviously not buying Reverend Darrell Scott's claim and she is actually correct.[/caption][caption id="attachment_177151" align="alignnone" width="480"]rfocus.org What is this?... posing backstage at a hip hop music concert?[/caption]If you are still wondering why people continue to lose faith in the black church, here is another reason, Reverend Darrell Scott. Ohio Reverend Darrell Scott was obviously looking for an opportunity from the White House for himself when he flat out lied during a roundtable recorded visit to a White House black history event as he "trivialized a serious situation" by speaking as a self-appointed spokesperson for "gang thugs" who would "lower the body count" if given federal funds. The social nets immediately expressed disbelief in the Ohio-based minister's claims.Rev Michael Pfleger an ACTUAL Chicago based reverend busted Scott on his "Obsession with Chicago with his tweets and doing nothing, This is too serious to be making crazy comments." The Rev went on to say "This is an insult to Chicago." Christopher Mallette, the Executive Director of the Chicago Violence Reduction Strategy, an ACTUAL anti-violence crusader IN Chicago, wasn't invited to the Black History event at the White House otherwise, he would have stated the truth to Trump. See vid below.
Business Leaders Partner with Google and Other Companies to Inspire Students with Tickets to Hidden Figures

Business Leaders Partner with Google and Other Companies to Inspire Students with Tickets to...

New York City African-American Business Leaders Partner with Google, Facebook, AT&T and 20th Century Fox to Inspire 25,000 Students with Tickets to Hidden Figures - Hidden Figures tells true story of critical contributions made by three African-American women working at NASA during Space Race in the 1960s- Initiative follows 2015 schools program offering free screenings of Selma
New York City African-American business leaders, in partnership with 20th Century Fox, Google, Facebook, Infor and AT&T, have launched an initiative to offer free admission to the critically-acclaimed feature, Hidden Figures, for over 25,000 students in New York.New York schools are the first to benefit from the project. Like the 2015 project to screen Oscar-winner Selma - which reached 300,000 students across the country - the expectation is that other cities will join this important program as it rolls out in theaters nationwide.Hidden Figures is the incredible untold story of Katherine G. Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe)—brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation's confidence, turned around the Space Race, and galvanized the world. The visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big.The screening program will educate students about the many contributions made by African-Americans to science, technology, engineering, and math, and inspire more students to enter those fields. Charles Phillips, Chairman and CEO of Infor, William M. Lewis, Jr. Co-Chairman of Investment Banking at Lazard, and Ken Chenault, Chairman and CEO of American Express, lead the group of African-American business executives driving the opportunity."On behalf of the African-American business community members involved today, I would like to thank the great organizations that have joined this effort," said Ken Chenault. "Hidden Figures spotlights our unsung communities' long lineage of shaping our nation. It serves as a wonderful opportunity to inspire the next generation to carry that torch forward.""I'm deeply moved that my work is being used to educate and inspire students in this way. Programs like this are vital to sharpening our collective memories and enlightening young people about their history and exciting them about their future," said Margot Lee Shetterly, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller nonfiction book Hidden Figures, on which the film is based.The New York Public School System has already signed up for 10,000 tickets. They have been joined by the Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP), Eagle Academy for Young Men, De La Salle Academy, Harlem School of the Arts, Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC, Harlem Children's Zone, Harlem Village Academy and the East Harlem Tutorial Program. NY Public Library will assist with ticket distribution.Dovetailing with this initiative, Google has announced that it will be inviting teenage girls and students to participate in a new online Made With Code project. Participants build an interactive graphic capturing the triumphant themes of the Hidden Figures movie. In partnership with AMC theatres and local school districts, Google will also be hosting coding workshops along with viewing parties of the movie, where students can watch and discuss the film, and learn introductory coding skills.Dr. Linda Curtis-Bey, Executive Director of STEM, New York City Public Schools, said: "Hidden Figures provides an important platform from which teachers and students, especially girls, can engage in discussions about STEM, the role of women in the workplace and the contributions of African-Americans."In January 2015, New York City African-American business leaders sponsored free tickets for schoolchildren to see the movie Selma - which retold Dr. Martin Luther King's famous voting rights march from Selma to Montgomery. The project eventually funded free screenings for more than 300,000 students across 28 cities. It resulted in expanded school curricula and special showings at the Abyssinian Baptist Church and other historically important venues. 
Carnival Corporation to Donate $2 Million to the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History & Culture

Carnival Corporation to Donate $2 Million to the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American...

Carnival Corporation to Donate $2 Million to the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History & Culture 102734930-img_8008rr-530x298 Carnival Corporation, through its philanthropic arm, Carnival Foundation, is donating $2 million to the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of African American History & Culture. Eleven years in the making and built at a cost of $540 million, the museum opened Sept. 24 on the National Mall with a dedication ceremony featuring remarks by President Barack Obama and a three-day music and spoken-word festival called "Freedom Sounds: A Community Celebration." In recognition of the gift, NMAAHC has designated Carnival Corporation a Founding Donor of the museum. "The National Museum of African American History & Culture is a celebration of the many contributions African Americans have made to the history, culture and community of the United States," said Linda Coll, executive director of Carnival Foundation. "The organizations that Carnival Corporation supports through Carnival Foundation reflect the great value the company places on diversity and inclusion in the communities that we touch, and we are honored to be a part of this new museum." The 390,000-square-foot National Museum of African American History & Culture is located on a 5-acre site adjacent to the Washington Monument. Its 12 inaugural exhibitions feature more than 3,000 objects and cover topics ranging from military and sports history to performing arts and the western and northern migration. Each day of the three-day "Freedom Sounds: A Community Celebration" had a theme: Friday was "Homecoming," Saturday was "Celebration" and Sunday was "Call and Response." The events and concerts highlighted music traditions such as jazz, R&B, gospel, folk, classical, New Orleans brass band, Afro-Latin jazz and hip-hop.

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