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! 

#Farewell

It almost feels like yesterday when i should up to the  interview for FMM and i thought “I am probably not good enough”. Then a breath of life shined through me when i got the email that read “congratulations”. As a result of Future Music Moguls I can now take a confident step into music and know where I am going. I was always told that music is a risky and dicey field: Now I know how to approach it accurately and impact-fully. I love Future Music Moguls and i already miss everyone so much. The chance that I had to create beautiful music in a studio on my own because of the instruction of Abhita and Bob was amazing. Most of all, the most i can say is thank you. Thank you so much for everything. Thank you for chancing my life. I love you guys.  

#Farewell

Wow, where to begin. Coming in especially after the orientation where I met Abhita and Marat for the first time, I was expected big things from the program and can say they were exceeded in every respect. I don’t think I could have been given a clear perspective into the industry, while having actual experience added to it. The program really helped with figuring a lot about myself, and also giving me an idea of what to do in the future. I was inspired everyday to try and come back better every week with the amazing fellow future music moguls I was with, and the pressure I put on myself to make sure I took advantage of this program. My conversations with my fellow members of the program, the TA’s, and Marat and Abhita were life changing. Seeing how much everyone else was doing for their development, and then getting honest/great feedback from the TA’s and facility was crucial to the growth I had from being in the program. I’ve never been in an environment where there was such a level of competitiveness and yet overall support for one another. Alfredo, you’re definitely going to make an impact on the industry and you were really helpful with talking business and then also giving me your perspective on how you got into Clive. In addition I thought your passion/hunger was so inspiring, make sure you never lose that. I also can’t wait to see what happens with your artist! Topaz, yeah there was that day were you helped me with delivery in the studio when I was messing but you helped with much more than that. You brought out my competitive nature, and desire to be a much better rapper/artist. I hope you take off with this next project, and I better see some funky shit there haha. Sedona, the minute you said you were into St.Vincent too I knew you had to be awesome. I relate to you a lot, and your support was so crucial to me not letting any of my growing pains with rap deter me from sticking with it. Also your music is awesome, keep getting it with that I can’t wait to hear more from you. Marat you were awesome with your lessons about the business, and that time you gave me the g talk about me as a rapper was incredibly helpful thank you for always keeping it real. Abhita you’re beyond awesome! The talks about production in class, and in our off time were really helpful. I didn’t think it was possible for me to be more interested in production, but my time in the program made it clear that’s something I want to look into thank you so much for that. To my fellow Future Music Moguls, you guys were beyond helpful. From the times where y’all inspired me because of how talented you guys are and how much work you all put in, to your support I couldn’t think of a better group for this. I know you all have the tools to be successful with music, and know if we all stick to the paths we’re currently on we’ll be working together in the industry! Overall I’m going to miss this program so much, it was an incredible opportunity and such a blessing. If I ever make it, I don’t think I’ll be able to point out something more crucial to me doing that then this program. So this isn’t farewell for good, July 19th we’re all going to kill it and obviously we’re going to stay in contact. I feel like I’m cutting the thank you’s to the faculty too short, but I hope I made it clear how grateful I was to meet all of you and gain so much from everyone. I hope we all keep the same fire, and passion that brought us to the program and go on to do big things.