At the gala, FAME will honor several groups and individuals for what the organization feels is a true commitment to keeping the music playing for children in the Washington area. Honorees include: Congressman Steny Hoyer (D-MD), Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker the Prince George’s County Council as a whole and the Richard Payne Trio. WJLA anchor Leon Harris will serve as gala co-chair and WHUR’s Tony Richards will MC the event. Musicians Rashida “Tulani” Jolley and 76 Degrees West Band are set to perform.
The Foundation was founded in n 2004 by A. Toni Lewis, a Washington area native. Lewis wanted to create artistic opportunities for a wider range of students and young people. “Our mission is to positively impact the lives of youth through access to quality music, education, programs, and experiences,”
The organization now boasts sponsorship and coordination of a wide range of opportunities for young people in the Washington area as well as Baltimore and Philadelphia including scholarships, technology training from music industry pros , concerts , education seminars and donations of instruments. For more information go to www.fameorg.org.
Now entering its 10th year, the Foundation for the Advancement of Music and Education, Inc. (FAME) is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit corporation based in Bowie, Maryland. FAME was founded in 2004 on the principle that all children, teens, and young adults, regardless of social and economic need, should have access to quality music and music education as part of their lifelong journey to adulthood. And if given the tools, the power of music which is a key factor to a well -rounded character, will produce a new generation of leaders for our community and for our nation. Our mission is to positively impact the lives of youth through access to quality music, education, programs, and experiences.