Mission to enrich the lives of children suffering from illness and hardship. They integrate musicians year-round into the lives of kids both in and out of children's hospitals and special needs camps through live interactive concerts, hospital bedside performances and their Songs For Kids Records songwriting & recording program.
Commitment to Service Award
Marcy Stidum - Kennesaw State Univ CARE Center
The Campus Awareness, Resource & Empowerment (CARE) Center offers support to students who are dealing with: homelessness, or are at-risk of being homeless, food insecurity and/or students previously or currently in foster care. The CARE Center provides case management, access to the campus pantry, personal care items and assists in accessing temporary and/or permanent housing. The CARE Center provides both on and off campus resources.
Neda Abghari - The creative project
It is their mission to enrich and strengthen local communities through quality arts-based education and outreach, while celebrating and elevating the city's visual and performing artists. They are dedicated to supporting the day-to-day lives of creative individuals. Artists are provided free studio space and subsidized housing, include workshops, classes, lectures and discussions, rehearsals, performances, community events and mentorship. Offering programming to schools, community centers and neighborhoods with very high concentrations of children living in low income situations who may also have disabilities or other developmental delays.
The Movement Awards
Kevin “Khao” Cates - Bridge Da Gap
Non-profit organization that combines hip-hop music, education and mentoring to reach students and teach life skills. Bridge Da Gap has been implemented in schools across the United States as well as in the Bahamas. When approached by educators to use the music-driven concepts of Bridge Da Gap to increase test scores, Khao developed KOOLRICULUM. KOOLRICULUM is an innovative, technology-driven, curricular approach that teaches youth in grades K through 12 core academic competencies in English, math, science and social studies. All songs are aligned with the standards. Khao is a multi-platinum, Grammy nominated producer, Some of the artists include: T.I., Reuben Studdard, Lil’ Kim, Pharell Williams, Young Jeezy, Snoop Dogg, Clipse, Ludacris, Young Dro, Chingy, Yung Joc, Paul Wall, and Trick Daddy.
Trail Blazer Award
Susanna Spiccia - Re:Imagine/ATL
Non-profit organization that connects youth and Atlanta teens from all backgrounds with resources and mentorship to amplify their voices in media. They provide mentorship and training in film, music, podcasting and other media outlets. By amplifying youth voices they are engaging youth to be change makers and storytellers for their communities.
The Impact Award
JFly - How Big Is Your Dream Foundation
The How Big Is Your Dream Foundation is devoted to it mission of promoting, educating and developing our youth to excel and reach their dreams. focuses on three core values: youth centered music education activities; community outreach through performing arts.
JFly ‘s is a Humanitarian and The Recording Academy® Atlanta Chapter (GRAMMY®s) Vice President and Education Committee Co-chair. He has toured and/or recorded with many artists such as Aretha Franklin, Bobby Brown, After 7 and New Edition. Television appearances include; 1st ever Music Director for Heisman Trophy Awards and two of Tyler Perry’s movies Soul Train Music Awards, BET’s Sunday’s Best and Music Director for Top Rated WSB Centennial Olympic Park’s 4th of July Celebration
M-I-C ICON Award
Anisa Plamer- I Will Survive, Inc
Their organization is a domestic non profit organization serving the metropolitan area of Georgia and founded in December of 2010. Their mission is to increase breast cancer awareness through education and provide funding in lower income communities. They are tireless in our efforts to serve people of all race, color, gender, sex, creed, disability, and religion. They do not discriminate. They merely support our fellow citizens and serve as a guiding light. Wherever there is need or injustice, I Will Survive, Inc. will offer its resources regardless of economic status or affiliation.
Denise Laing- Blankets of Love
The Blankets of Love Outreach organization is committed to improving the lives of the homeless and less fortunate. Homelessness is a huge problem in the Atlanta area, there are approximately 13,000 constant homeless persons in the metro counties. This year alone, 21,000 men, women and children will at some point find themselves homeless.
Jerry Brown- Man Up Worldwide
A proactive organization that passionately promotes the fact that a father's presence is priceless!