JEFFERY OSBORNE & BAND $40,000
BEST OF INTENTIONS $15,000
JAY LAMONT $ 4,000
RENTAL OF CARPENTER THEATER $ 8,000
MARKETING & ADVERTISEMENT $ 5,000
STAFF: Technical Director Tony Hall $ 2,000
SPONSOR RECEPTION $ 1,000
HISTORICAL BRIDGE: Tap Dancer & Set Construction $ 4,000
MISC: Karaoke (tentative) $ 1,000
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BLACK MUSIC PROPOSAL 2019
JOIN US for EM Production’s first annual celebration of Black Music.
“A Tribute to Love and Legends” will occur on June 24, 2019 at the Carpenter Theater. Proceeds from this exciting venue benefits Ezibu Muntu Cultural and Educational Center.
Ezibu Muntu is a 46 year old African-American cultural organization that teaches African dance, drumming and African principles. Upon the return of founder Tanya Dennis, and after two years of collaboration, Ezibu Muntu has added music, theater and education to its repetoire of services. The expansion of services and securing a central location for Ezibu Muntu’s activities is how fund proceeds will be utilized. Ezibu Muntu’s intent is to lease with an option to purchase the property in order to secure their place in the Richmond Community for the next 46 years. Land ownership is key for Ezibu Muntu must lead by example if we are to authentically teach financial literacy.
Ezibu Muntu, having witnessed the increasing moral decline in the African American community and American society at-large, realized something must be done. Successfully teaching African principles for over forty-five years the Company has embraced “Living Values” an international curriculum they will utilize to reintroduce values, morals and ethics to children and the community. http://livingvalues.net
HISTORY & FUTURE PLANS
After operating on Main Street for over 18 years, Ezibu Muntu was displaced from their centrally located center in 2017 after the property was sold by the property owner. Currently operating more than 20 minutes from downtown Richmond on Old Warwick Road, programming and offering programs to the Richmond community has been limited and problematic.
Ezibu Muntu has found a new location in the Carver District, a 3,000 sq ft church, and will use proceeds from the Black Music concert to secure the new facility, install a wooden floor, and add new programs:
- Values classes
- Parenting classes
- Dance classes: Zumba, Hip-Hop and Classes for Seniors: chair aerobics and yoga
- Nutrition classes
- African History classes
- Financial Literacy classes
- Investor Education classes
- Positive Image classes
In addition to workshops and classes, the center will be used for symposiums; lectures; film festivals/viewings; storytelling; poetry slams; practice space for other artists; and home for the development and eventual production of “Brother Dap” a Black History Musical.
Sponsorships for the Black Music Concert will include a sumptuous buffet and live entertainment, featuring entertainment by Best of Intentions and Ezibu Muntu members at the Dominion Energy Center venue prior to the concert as well as a post-concert dessert reception.
June 24, 2017 – BLACK MUSIC CONCERT
Master of Ceremonies Jay Lamont The ultimate entertainer Jammin Jay Lamont: His stage show is so unbelievable that he receives standing ovations night after night no matter where he performs. Jay’s secret recipe to his success is his ability to perform in front of any type of audience by adapting his show to fit their expectations. His show is one of a kind as he is a clean upscale entertainer that mixes a dash of comedy with a sprinkle of impressions and a hand full of music to create the ultimate experience.
Lamont has performed on BET’s Comicview, Comedy Central, Showtime at the Apollo, Tom Joyner Family Reunion, Russell Simmon’s Def Comedy Jam, Byron Allen’s “Comic Unleashed” Jamie Foxx presents “Laffapalooza” and Martin Lawrence’s “1st Amendment” and several other television shows. He has performed with the late Luther Vandross and Roger Troutman; the Gap Band, The O’Jays, Anita Baker, Ledisi, MAZE featuring Frankie Beverly; D.L. Hughley; Sheryl Underwood; Cedric the Entertainer, Mike Epps, Jamie Foxx, After Six, Charlie Wilson, New Edition and many more.
Opening Act: Tribute to Motown: Featuring “The Best Intentions
The Best Intentions are based in the Oakland San Francisco Bay Area, “The Best Intentions” is a performing and recording group comprised of five talented vocalists, music director, and eight piece band. Their unique harmonic, soulful tones and their smooth choreography, have come to be recognized as the signature of the group. Presenting the Original Motown Classics, Old School, and R&B sound from the 60’s, & 70’s.
Main Act: A Tribute to Love with Jeffery Osborne
Jeffery Osborne is an American Grammy–nominated singer–songwriter, musician and lyricist. Osborne is the former drummer and lead singer of the American R&B/Soul group L.T.D.; with whom he began his musical career with in 1970.
Osborne began his music career in 1970 becoming a member of the American soul band “Love Men Ltd.”, who would later become known as L.T.D. The band recorded hit singles such as “(Every Time I Turn Around) Back in Love Again”(1977), “Concentrate on You,” “Love Ballad” (1976), and “Holding On (When Love Is Gone) (1978). At first, Osborne served as only a drummer, sharing lead vocal duties with his brother Billy Osborne; but by 1976 he became the group’s primary lead vocalist. Osborne and his brother both left the band in late 1981 to start solo careers. Osborne’s solo success includes five gold and platinum albums.
Osborne solo career released his self-titled debut album in 1982, which featured two hit singles, “On the Wings of Love” and “I Really Don’t Need No Light”(1982), peaking at #29 & #39 on the pop chart respectively. This was followed up the next year by Stay with Me Tonight, his first gold album (later reaching platinum album status), which spawned two more hits, “Don’t You Get So Mad” (#25) and the title track (#30). “Stay with Me Tonight” (April 1984, #18) and “On the Wings of Love” (June 1984, #11) reached the UK Singles Chart.
In 1985, Osborne wrote the lyrics to the Whitney Houston hit “All at Once” (music by Michael Masser). He appeared on USA for Africa’s fundraising single, “We Are the World in 1985.
Osborne has two gold albums, Don’t Stop and Emotional, the latter of which had his highest charting solo pop hit, “You Should Be Mine”, which peaked at #13 in 1986. The following year, Osborne had the highest-charting hit of his career duetting with Dionne Warwick on “Love Power”, which reached #12 on the Billboard Hot 100 and also topped the Adult Contemporary singles chart.
The History Bridge is a 10 minute vignette portraying the history of Black music from Africa to the present utilizing a tap dancer and 7 other characters to portray historical moments that lead up to the particular genre of music being presented. EM Productions hopes to collaborate with SPARC in this venture.