Youth Organizations Partner to Provide a Memorable Musical Experience for At-Risk Teens at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

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Youth Organizations Partner to Provide a Memorable Musical Experience for At-Risk Teens at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Music-Versity to Inspire and Empower Middle and High School Performers
Various Youth Organizations Partner to Provide a Memorable Musical Experience for At-Risk Teens

Music-VersityjpgNew York. NY, January 8, 2013 – Music students from The Bronx Charter School for the Arts (BxA), Women’s Academy of Excellence (WAE) and Music Unites Ambassadors are getting the chance to showcase their talents and participate in a once-in-a-lifetime discussion with Grammy Award Winning producer and recording artist Swizz Beatz during the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum’s latest Power of One speaker series, Music-Versity: Bronx Edition. On January 17th, Music Unites, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing music education to underprivileged children in inner city school systems, the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum and Swizz Beatz will host over 100 students for an educational workshop geared to inspire, empower and unite middle and high school students through the power of the arts.

The kick-off event to this series will comprise of a round table discussion hosted by Swizz Beatz and Billboard Editorial Director Bill Werde, which will allow students to ask intimate questions about the music industry. Students will perform a selection of pieces that showcase their musical prowess, and a Music Unites video documenting an in-studio session with Swizz Beatz will demonstrate the empowerment and necessity of music programs in schools. Students and guests will also be treated to a guided tour of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.

“We need to remind the public of the importance of music—its relevance and ubiquity in the world of children—and how it can cater to the future success of young generations,” explains Michelle Edgar, founder of Music Unites. “We like to say the ‘sky’s not the limit, it’s just the view,’ and we hope this series will instill that type of drive into the participants.”

The Power of One Series Music-Versity: Bronx Edition will take place on January 17th from 10am-12pm. The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum’s Howard Lutnick Theater will host this special event with combined efforts and support from Music Unites, Swizz Beatz, Bronx Charter School for the Arts, Women’s Academy of Excellence and Girl Up.

About Music Unites Music Unites (MU) is a national charity that empowers youth through the delivery of unique music programs and events in urban centers across America. MU currently provides free after school music programs to at-risk youth. MU’s life-changing programs and events help educate and guide these youth toward achieving their future goals. MU also nourishes the next generation of performers by providing audiences and performance opportunities, while at the same time enriching the listening experience of the public, allowing them to experience new forms and genres through exposure to an increasingly diverse world of music.

About the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Now home of the Space Shuttle Enterprise, the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum complex includes the 900-foot-long aircraft carrier Intrepid; the guided missile submarine Growler; and an extensive collection of 27 aircraft including the A-12 Blackbird, the fastest plane in the world, and the British Airways Concorde, the fastest commercial aircraft in the world. Guests can explore areas of the ship including the Flight Deck, Hangar Deck, fo’c’sle (commonly known as the anchor chain room), new multimedia presentations and exhibit collections, interactive educational stations and a state-of-the-art public pier. Guests can also experience the 12,240 square-foot interactive Exploreum – which contains a variety of hands-on exhibits – that teaches guests about the different properties of the sea, air, space and living at sea as each relates to the ship Intrepid. In the Exploreum, guests can experience a flight simulator, transmit messages using Morse code, sit on the bunk of a crewmember, learn how the Intrepid turned salt water into fresh water and perform various tasks while wearing space gloves.

About Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum’s Power Of One Program Power of One, Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum’s free eminent speaker series, is based on the idea that a specific moving and inspiring event in a young person’s life can start them on a path to positive change. In addition to connecting students with their interests, the series aims to introduce students to the concept that by overcoming life’s challenges, one person can make a difference within their community and in the world. By hearing directly from prominent individuals who confronted and overcame adversity, students are encouraged to live by the values of respect and responsibility. The Museum has welcomed such speakers as Mercury Astronaut Scott Carpenter, filmmaker Spike Lee, Knicks legend John Starks, Olympic Athletes, a survivor of the Rwandan Genocide Eugenie Mukeshimana, trailblazing tennis star Leslie Allen, scientists from Jet Propulsion Laboratory and many more.

About Bronx Charter School for the Arts Bronx Charter School for the Arts (BxA) was founded in the fall of 2003 by an ambitious group of progressive educators, under the fearless leadership of Xanthe Jory. Located in the Hunts Point section of the South Bronx, BxA is dedicated to using the arts as a catalyst for the academic and social success of all students. Now in its tenth year of operation, the school utilizes a rigorous and inclusive academic curriculum heavily infused with innovative arts programming in both arts studios and academic classrooms. Currently, the school serves 300 students in grades K-5. More than 85% of students receive free or reduced-priced lunch, 20% are considered students with special needs and almost all students reside in the local community of Hunts Point. Students are selected for admission through the mandated lottery process with preference given to students residing in Hunts Point. The school is committed to arts education, and uses arts programming to develop high levels of critical, analytical and creative thinking, self-expression and an aspiration for achievement.

About Swizz Beatz With over 14 years of creating music for some of the biggest musicians in music history, Swizz Beatz has contributed to the sale of over 280 million records in the US alone, working with the likes of Jay-Z, DMX, Beyonce, Kanye West and Bono. In addition to several guest appearances and production credits, Swizz dropped his own album One Man Band Man in 2007. Swizz’s latest single “Everyday Birthday” was released in November 2012. The single, which was produced by Swizz and Jukebox, also features Chris Brown and Ludacris, and was accompanied by a video shot over a 3-day period in Cannes.

In an ever-changing music industry, Swizz has deferred from the regular album release schedule and instead chose to release a series of what he coins “Memorable Moments;” singles featuring various artists accompanied by music videos and other visuals. Swizz has also lent his creative contributions to the likes of global brands such as Reebok (Vice President – Sports Style Marketing, Design, and Brand Music Development) and Lotus Cars (Vice President of Design & Global Marketing). Additionally Swizz worked with Christian Louboutin on a cabaret show called Feu, a groundbreaking music collaboration that debuted in Paris this past March.

Swizz’s latest music venture is his new partnership with O&Media of Korea, where his focus will be bridging the K-Pop music scene with Western music culture. Swizz also recently collaborated with The New York Knicks and created their 2013 theme song and is the first producer-in residence at New York University’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music.

When not creating music, Swizz is an avid art collector and painter whose goal is to inspire new artists around the world to express themselves. He is working on opening his own international “new artist” art gallery. He is also a philanthropist, involved in many non-profit organizations and recently served as the first Global Ambassador for New York City’s public hospitals system.
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CONTACT: Music Unites/The Thomas Collective
Glenda Fu (Glenda.Fu@gmail.com)
Lauren Applebaum (lapplebaum@thethomascollective.com)

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