NextAid (www.nextaid.org), a Los Angeles-based nonprofit humanitarian organization, returns to for the 23rd annual Winter Music Conference (WMC) building on its mission to expand awareness of the orphan . This year NextAid is joining forces with The Mobile Master List (MML) and The Outloud Agency Group to promote Party With A Purpose (www.themml.com/partywithapurpose), which encompasses numerous socially conscious events, such as LemonAID and MIAMBIENT. WMC 2008 runs from Tuesday, March 25, 2008 to Sunday March 30, 2008 throughout and downtown Miami Beach. For more information on the conference, please visit www.wmcon.com and www.nextaid.org/miami2008.htm.
Uniting the world of electronic music while helping impoverished children in , NextAid utilizes the momentum of the dance music community to produce music benefits and awareness-raising activities. Its pilot project, the building of a children’s center in Dennilton, is on its way to completion. Launched in the summer of 2005 with a team headed by Joseph Kennedy, a world-renowned eco-architect, NextAid has completed ten buildings, trained local builders in eco-friendly construction techniques and helped secure funding for small business development.
NextAid is the only organization founded in the electronic music community that addresses the AIDS crisis in , which makes it truly unique. NextAid channels the positive energy from the dance floor all the way to Africa. Because of this, NextAid has received incredible support over the years from major artists and industry leaders including Crobar NYC, Cielo, Remix Magazine, AM Only, GiantStep, Ableton, NiteVibe, Colette, Miguel Migs, Louie Vega.
A few of NextAid’s biggest supporters include , DubSpot and OM Records, each of whom has “adopted” a structure at the children’s center that is slated for construction this year. DJ Dan is committed to funding the Art Room of the Main Center. DubSpot is funding a portion of the playground and has also sponsored the powerful public service announcement that NextAid recently released. The video demonstrates the level of artist support for the cause and the gravity of the orphan while showcasing their pilot project in . It can be viewed online on the website or on . http://nextaid.org/NEXTAIDPSA.html
Last year, OM Records donated funds to “adopt” the Youth Office and is now partnering with NextAid on a groundbreaking music project called Sekunjalo: The Time Has Come, uniting talented African musicians with their Western counterparts. The project launches this spring with a series of digital downloads, ultimately culminating in an album. All proceeds will go towards NextAid’s projects in Africa. OM Records kicked off its support for NextAid in 2005 with the release of REBOOT: Notes for the Next Generation, a compilation of tracks mostly donated by the record label’s artists.
Party With A Purpose was created for this year’s WMC to unite promoters already involved with socially conscious events or benefits and to provide mutual support while encouraging other promoters to add a social or charitable aspect to their parties. This campaign was also created to encourage an environmental way to produce and promote events. Promoters are asked to make a pledge to produce “greener” events through printing no or less flyers, using recycled paper for their printed materials, using energy efficient lighting, buying carbon credits to offset their artists’ travel, encouraging car-pooling, and more.
Donations through the Party With A Purpose events will go towards NextAid’s projects as well as to other selected beneficiaries including Miami-based CHARLEE (foster children programs) and Rainforest Action Network. Event organizers can choose any nonprofit to which they wish to contribute for a minimum donation of $250. In exchange, they receive increased promotion through eco-friendly Mobile Master List.
The Mobile Master List (TheMML.com)
The Mobile Master List is a fully comprehensive, unbiased, eco-friendly listing of events. It also supports the and Blackberry. Subscribers can search the event list from any SMS enabled cell phone and get free alerts via email or text message whenever a new event involving their favorite artist is listed. They can create custom event calendars and Maps-based itineraries and share them with friends. For more info, please visit www.themml.com.
The Outloud Agency
This year sees the launch of OutLoud, a unique agency specializing in Event Production and Artist Management and Bookings. The founder Charlotte Tregoning, with over 10 years of global event production and 8 years of WMC event production experience is a WMC veteran. For more information, please visit www.outloudagencygroup.com
NextAid is a Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization committed to developing and implementing innovative solutions to the challenges facing African children. NextAid's mission is to promote community-driven, environmentally sustainable, economically and socially empowering responses to the orphan . NextAid collaborates with individuals, businesses and nonprofits to produce creative, culturally rich, awareness-raising projects and music events involving technology, the arts, public education projects, and volunteer opportunities. For more information, please visit www.nextaid.org.
Massive Music Festival
Tuesday, March 25 – Sunday, March 30
Massive Music Festival is a six-day festival featuring DJs and live performances from all over America and around the world. We are also featuring Digital Media Artists and projecting their works throughout the night. Massive is taking place in a 20,000 square foot space in the heart of little . Over 60 DJs, live artist performances, and live visual arts. http://www.area57studios.com and www.myspace.com/massivemusicfestival.
CityDeep Sessions: Basic NYC Week
Wednesday, March 26; 12 pm - 11 pm
Beach Plaza Hotel:
Halo, David Harness, Jojoflores, Arnold Jarvis, Mr. V, Muhammad, Abicah Soul, Jamie Thinnes, Keith Evan, Amir, and Cyrus. Hosted by Sleepy&Boo. Guest list only. For information, email . http://www.myspace.com/citydeepmusic.
Wednesday, March 26 – Sunday, March 30; 2 pm – 12 am.
Hotel and Spa:
Earthdance international and present Miambient 08, the International Convergence of Ambient, Downtempo, and Visual Music. In contrast to the high energy and fast-paced environment of the WMC, Miambient offers participants a rejuvenating oasis of music and inspiration, set amidst ’s state-of-the-art spa facilities. Miambient explores the many facets of the global ambient music scene from pure sonic landscapes to downtempo global grooves. It features an international line-up of artists and DJ’s, with new-edge visuals created by some of the industry’s finest VJ’s. All ages, free admission.
Brooklyn Mecca Meets Libation
Wednesday, March 26; 7 pm – 12 am
Featuring resident DJ Sabine (Oyasound Productions) and friends, Ian Friday (Tea Party Music), Manchildblack and Ecco (Oyasound). Live painting by Concep. Hosted by Afro Mosaic Soul and Santiago.
LemonAID benefit for NextAid
Thursday, March 27; 12 pm - 4 am
, Onionz, Gene Farris, Demarkus Lewis, Marissa Guzman (live vocals), Harley & Muscale, Julius the Mad Thinker, Monna, Evan James, Rob Crush, Jennifer Xerri, Jean Paul, Scott Binder, Angelita Jacala and Innerface will perform at this benefit for NextAid. Minimum $10 donation. Please visit http://www.myspace.com/juicylucyrecords for more information.
Sponsored by Nitevibe.com
Thursday, March 27 – Sunday, March 30; 3 pm – 9 pm
The National Hotel:
Join NextAid celebrating DubSpot’s one-year anniversary with founder Dan Giove (DJ G O V) and the DubSpot crew poolside at the sixth annual Remix Hotel. http://remixmag.com/remixhotel/.
Thursday, March 27; 10 pm – 9 am
Y Ultra Lounge
, Tiefschwarz, DJ Sneak, Metro Area (exclusive), Cobblestone Jazz(live), DJ Heather, , Jesse Rose, Vikter Duplaix Marques Wyatt Colette, Andy Caldwell, Hipp-e, Samantha James (featuring fourfeet) James Curd, Joshua Iz, Fred Everything, Johnny Fiasco, Troydon Home & Garden, Black Spade (live) Daz-I-Kue (bugz in the attic), Nickodemus, Proof, The One (live), Rich Medina, Nikola Baytala, PC Synergy, Charl Chaka (dubai) Raul Campos, J Boogie, DJ Fluid, Still Rob G, MC Azeem, Sake One, Ancient Astronauts, Tavin Reiter + surprise special guests
For Discounted Advance Tickets go to http://omrecords.imeem.com
South Beach Sessions: Music, Politics & Social Awareness Panel
Friday, March 28; begins 6 pm
The Catalina Hotel Rooftop:
Pioneers of the international dance and hip hop music culture, media and press rally around the world’s most pressing issues and corresponding campaigns. Speakers include: Christopher Willits (Ghostly International), Chris Deckker (Earthdance International), Paul Marengo (The Cherry Fund), Lauren Segal, moderator (NextAid), Brittany Somerset (Praxis Public Relations), Parag Bhandari (UG Strategies), A.J. Mora (SuDance), Dan Giove (DubSpot), and Wessel Van Eeden (Dance4Life). For a complete schedule of WMC panels and networking sessions, go to: www.wintermusicconference.com/events/schedule/index.php.
Friday, March 28; 9 pm – 11 am
Featuring: , Hipp-E, Justin Martin, Christian Martin, Worthy, Nikola Baytala, Still Rob G, Nikita, Buckner, and Elias. With visuals by Dax and friends. http://www.slideintomiami.com.
Saturday, March 29; 7 pm – 12 am
Beats Build Hope at Miambient presented by NextAid and DubSpot
Rich Medina (Afrodisco), JaBig (GotSoul), Jojoflores (GotSoul), Dj Zo (GotSoul),
DJ Sabine (Brooklyn Mecca), BlackCoffee (afrodesiamp3.com/South Africa), Dan Giove/DJ G O V (DubSpot), Amon (Afrokinetic) on percussion, African drummers and dancers provided by Afro Funke, Visuals by Chris Biggins (DubSpot/United Vision)
Support from Party with a Purpose, www.theMML.com, www.fusicology.com, www.afrodesiamp3.com, www.afrofunke.com
Saturday, March 29; 9 pm – 5 am
Featuring: Ame (Innervisions), Dixon (Innervisions), (Salted Music), DJ Harvey (Black Cock Records, Map of Africa), Andy Caldwell (OM Records), (OM Records, 20:20 Vision), Marques Wyatt (OM Records, Deep), Alex from Tokyo (Innervisions, Tokyo Black Star), Heinrik Schwartz Live! (Innervisions), Marcus Worgull (Innervisions), Mr. White Live!, Rich Medina (Afrodisco), and very special surprise guests. Presented by Aquabooty, MUSIC2, Innervisions ( ), and Little Ricky's Rib Shack. For tickets, visit: http://www.clubzone.com/me/aquabooty.