We are immensely proud of the latest and greatest wave of creative entrepreneurs, artists, and performers that emerged from this year’s program. The alumni of the Future Music Moguls 2014 class produced an outstanding, all-ages, live music showcase at New York City’s legendary venue, The Bitter End, and arranged for all of the proceeds raised from the night to benefit The BMI Foundation’s philanthropic efforts to better music education and fund scholarships for young people in need. Here’s another set of beautiful photos taken by Alex Tringali that capture the vibe of the night. Kudos to Shannon Corsi, Nija Charles, Lucia Fratarcangeli, We’ McDonald, Bailey Lawson, and Sara Keden. Keep dreaming big and making the amazing happen!

Marat Berenstein

chill-out-youth:

Last weekend, a group of incredibly talented teenagers from the New York City area performed in front of a packed house at the infamous Bitter End in New York City. The event, dubbed Greenwich Ball, featured several different genres of music from various performers and singer song writers. The show lasted a little less than two hours. The energy bursting through the doors of the packed club was felt by each performer and audience members-everyone was either clapping, snapping, or singing along! The performances from these gifted girls and boys were electric and powerful; the Greenwich Ball at the Bitter End will not be an easy performance to beat.

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Everyone did a great job at The Bitter End. What a great performance everyone put on! I’m glad that I came and saw all of you who came out to either perform or support! Hope to see you guys soon. Here are some shots I took :) 

Congratulations Future Music Moguls for putting on a spectacular show this evening at the Bitter End!!!  Marat and I are so very proud!  A special thank you to Sunshine a.k.a. Shannon Corsi for doing an outstanding job organizing this event.  Here are a few photos of the awesome performers!

(Performances by Lucia Fratarcangeli, Cobalt Blue, We’ McDonald, ForeverBe, and Pearl)

Cheers to another great year,

Abhita;o)-

On Tuesday, July 8, 2014 11:28 PM, Shannon Corsi  wrote:


WHY SUPPORT THE BMI FOUNDATION?
   As a 16 year old aspiring singer/songwriter, supporting the BMI Foundation seemed like a perfect match for Greenwich Ball. The foundation supports the creation of music through scholarships, internships, and commissions for passionate musicians! 
  As an incoming junior in high school, attending college to further my musical education is dream I would love to attain. The BMI Foundation attracted my attention because they offer a variety of scholarships, such as the John Lennon Scholarship for songwriters, which awards the  $20,000 to the best original song submission! Over the past 16 years, $360,000 in scholarship money has been awarded! The foundation offers opportunities not only for songwriters, but for conductors, performers, actors, etc. The Evelyn Buckstein Scholarship offers a full tuition to the City College of New York to a uniquely talented musician hoping to become a professional. There are also many creative opportunities, such as the Jerry Bock Musical Theatre Award, which offers a 2,000 grant split between a composer and a lyricist on a collaborative project. 
  There are so many diverse opportunities for aspiring musicians TODAY to take advantage of through the BMI Foundation. That is why I am excited and eager to make the Greenwich Ball as fun and successful as possible. Support the creation in which brought us together, and inspires us endlessly, MUSIC.

On Tuesday, July 8, 2014 11:28 PM, Shannon Corsi wrote:


WHY SUPPORT THE BMI FOUNDATION?
As a 16 year old aspiring singer/songwriter, supporting the BMI Foundation seemed like a perfect match for Greenwich Ball. The foundation supports the creation of music through scholarships, internships, and commissions for passionate musicians!
As an incoming junior in high school, attending college to further my musical education is dream I would love to attain. The BMI Foundation attracted my attention because they offer a variety of scholarships, such as the John Lennon Scholarship for songwriters, which awards the $20,000 to the best original song submission! Over the past 16 years, $360,000 in scholarship money has been awarded! The foundation offers opportunities not only for songwriters, but for conductors, performers, actors, etc. The Evelyn Buckstein Scholarship offers a full tuition to the City College of New York to a uniquely talented musician hoping to become a professional. There are also many creative opportunities, such as the Jerry Bock Musical Theatre Award, which offers a 2,000 grant split between a composer and a lyricist on a collaborative project.
There are so many diverse opportunities for aspiring musicians TODAY to take advantage of through the BMI Foundation. That is why I am excited and eager to make the Greenwich Ball as fun and successful as possible. Support the creation in which brought us together, and inspires us endlessly, MUSIC.

centeredsoul:

So happy to support the BMI Foundation at the #GreenwichBall! The BMI Foundation encourages music creativity through scholarships, internships, and awards. Show your support and enjoy a fun night in the city July 19th!

Five Questions With Panama Wedding

chill-out-youth:

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AT: How did you come up with a name like Panama Wedding?

PW: Panama Wedding is actually the name of a song I wrote a few years ago while I was still releasing music under my own name. The song itself is about someone I know who wanted to leave NYC and return back home to Panama and find a husband. I guess I’ve always also had this fantastical notion of what Panama is like. So, for me it was an…

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#Farewell

On the day we were supposed to receive acceptance/rejection emails for the initial online application to this program, I didn’t get anything. I assumed that I didn’t get in and I called my best friend and cried to her for a long time. She refused to believe I was rejected from the program but I just gave up. Then, all of the sudden, the next week, I got a call from my little sister during a rehearsal. “NYU called our house!!! You got in! You’re interviewing next saturday,” she said. I immediately burst into tears and hugged my music director. Even though getting here was a very teary journey for me, the experience has been so worthwhile.This program has definitely helped me expand my perspective on the music industry. I will miss all of you very dearly every saturday. Each one of you has a unique gift to offer the world. I know that we will all keep in touch. Thank you all so much for helping shape me into who I am right now. I love you guys!

#Farewell

It’s so sad that this amazing program has really come to an end. It especially hit yesterday when there was no class. I couldn’t stop thinking about all you guys yesterday. I almost didn’t know what to do with myself. I miss each and everyone of you guys so much. This program has really been a blessing in so many ways. I have learned a lot about the business and a lot about myself as well. I still am trying to figure out, though, which route I want to take to be in the business. The greatest thing that I can take away from this program, is that whatever you want in life you can achieve, as long as you work extremely hard for it. Marat, you were an amazing teacher and added loads of fun to the classroom. Abhita. you were just incredible in every way and you really brightened my days every Saturday. Sedona and Topaz were just dope and really were great inspirations. I just want to thank everyone for making this the best program ever. Once again, I really miss all you guys and I can’t wait to see everyone at the upcoming showcase in July!