West 104th Street Garden

May 5, 2008

May Events

Filed under: Opportunities — by west104garden @ 4:44 pm

These Area Events will surely interest some. Last year the Garden hosted a ‘Make Music NY’ event with Member David Wilke teaching the guitar to children. Also several of our Garden youngsters are Dance students.



Last year, on the summer solstice, Make Music New York organized one of the biggest musical events in the city’s history: 560 free outdoor concerts in an array of genres and locations. Thousands of musicians — from Metropolitan Opera artists to underground MC’s, Tuvan throat singers to high school bands — entertained New Yorkers on sidewalks, streets, parks, gardens, and even cemeteries in the five boroughs. On Saturday, June 21, 2008, Make Music New York is back — and it’s going to be even bigger! For the second annual event, Time Out New York magazine has launched a website to match musicians with locations. Now anyone can find a space for their music… or music for their space. Participating locations on June 21st are invited to:

— Choose musicians from our database, or invite their own to perform.

— Provide electricity for an outdoor performance (for example, running an extension cord out to the sidewalk that day)

— Put up a free, customizable poster in the window during June, promoting the concert.

The Make Music New York organizers will then:

— Secure and send you all necessary permits

— Coordinate your concert with others in the neighborhood

— Promote your establishment as a concert location in all programs, on timeoutnewyork.com, and in an 8-page amNewYork newspaper supplement running on June 20th. There is no charge to take part — everything is completely free. All concert arrangements must be finalized by May 1st. To get started, go to www.timeoutnewyork.com/makemusic. In a parallel section of the site, restaurants, bars, shops, gardens, block associations, management companies and others can sign up to make their outdoor space available for musicians on June 21. Each will list its location, a description of the space, the availability of electricity, ways in which they will promote the concert and what type of music they prefer. The website will then show possible matches based on each participant’s choices, with contact info (through the site or offline). Once a venue and a performing act have made a match, information is routed to *Make Music New York*’s organizers, who confirm concert details and secure the necessary permits. Not long after the site is launched, a map showing existing concert locations will be added, making available (and unavailable) sites visible at a glance. The new site will allow *MMNY* to grow even bigger, giving participants more freedom to create the concerts they want to have. *Make Music New York*’s own website serves as a source of information. Visit www.makemusicny.org. Aaron Friedman, President, Make Music New York makemusicny@gmail.com. I hope that locations in the 6th Council District will sign up!


YOUNG CHOREOGRAPHERS INITIATIVE-Competition for The 2008 Susan Braun Award. Dance Films Assoc. is offering an opportunity for a choreographer between the age of 16-25 living in New York City to create a short dance film and/or adapt a stage choreography for the camera with a young filmmaker with grant from DFA. Named after DFA’s founder, the late Susan Braun, the award is cash and guidance from mentors who are dance and film professionals. Deadline to enter: May 9, 2008. The entry form is available at: http://dancefilms.org
Enjoy, Lucille M.


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