Gloria and Emilio Estefan
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Emilio And Gloria Estefan $200,000 Music Scholarship Announced
The Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation announced the Estefans' co-sponsorship of the Prodigy Scholarship, extending a proud line of artistic generosity
On Dec. 14, the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation announced that the winners of multiple GRAMMY and Latin GRAMMY awards, Emilio and Gloria Estefan have launched the Emilio and Gloria Estefan Scholarship for $200,000 to help underwrite a Latin music student's four-year bachelor's degree at Berklee College of Music.
"It is a pleasure to support and help a student attend one of the most prestigious and celebrated universities in the world, Berklee College of Music," said Emilio Estefan.
The Estefans' amazing life together has been such a testimony to music that it is even the subject of its own Tony Award-nominated musical, On Your Feet. They have each been honored as the Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year. Emilio was the very first, in 2000, followed by Gloria Estefan in 2008.
Their daughter, recording artist Emily Estefan is herself a Berklee graduate. "I always had the ability to pick up an instrument and play and explore my artistry," she said at a recent Recording Academy Florida Chapter event. "So many kids don't have the opportunity to do that."
"It is a privilege for us to have the support of music icons Emilio and Gloria Estefan," said Manolo Díaz, Sr. Vice President of the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation. "Through their leadership and support we hope to — not only change the life of an aspiring talent — but also inspire others to pursue the many careers available in music while inviting people to join our cause through donations."
The deadline for applications to be submitted is April 10, 2019 with details at the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation website. Submissions may be in English, Spanish or Portuguese and require two audition videos, two recommendation letters and answers to two essay questions. All applications are carefully evaluated by the Foundation's Scholarship Committee.
This is the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation's fifth co-sponsored Prodigy Scholarship in a program begun by Enrique Iglesias in 2015. Subsequent artists generously participating have been Juan Luis Guerra, Miguel Bosé and Carlos Vives — and now the incomparable Emilio and Gloria Estefan as well.
"Twenty years ago we were part of the founding committee that launched the Latin GRAMMYs," said Emilio Estefan. "It is such a satisfying honor to be a part of this organization as benefactors that will make reality the dream of one student with interest in Latin music."
Charitable commitments by the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation total $4 million to date, supporting 200 scholarships, donations of musical instruments and Latin music educational events.
Allen Hughes' "The Defiant Ones" Wins Best Music Film | 2018 GRAMMY
Director Allen Hughes' four-part documentary takes home Best Music Film honors for its portrayal of the unlikely partnership that changed the music business
The team behind The Defiant Ones celebrated a big win for Best Music Film at the 60th GRAMMY Awards. The crew awarded include director Allen Hughes and producers Sarah Anthony, Fritzi Horstman, Broderick Johnson, Gene Kirkwood, Andrew Kosove, Laura Lancaster, Michael Lombardo, Jerry Longarzo, Doug Pray & Steven Williams.
In a year rife with quality music documentaries and series, the bar has been set high for this dynamic category. The Defiant Ones is a four-part HBO documentary telling the story of an unlikely duo taking the music business by storm seems better suited for fantastical pages of a comic book, but for engineer-turned-mogul Jimmy Iovine and super-producer Dr. Dre, it's all truth.The Defiant Ones recounts their histories, their tribulations and their wild success. These include first-hand accounts from those who were there in Iovine's early days, such as Bruce Springsteen and U2's Bono, as well as those on board when Dre and Iovine joined forces, such as Snoop Dogg and Eminem.
The competition was stiff as the category was filled with compelling films such as One More Time With Feeling, Two Trains Runnin', Soundbreaking, and Long Strange Trip.
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Pearl Jam Named Record Store Day 2019 Ambassadors
Pearl Jam's Mike McCready says "if you love music," record stores are the place to find it
Record Store Day 2019 will arrive on April 13 and this year's RSD Ambassadors are Pearl Jam. Past ambassadors include Dave Grohl, Metallica, Run The Jewels (Killer Mike and El-P), and 61st GRAMMY Awards winner for Best Rock Song St. Vincent.
McCready was also the 2018 recipient of MusiCares' Stevie Ray Vaughan Award.
The band was formed in 1990 by McCready, Jeff Ament, Stone Gossard, and Eddie Vedder, and they have played with drummer Matt Cameron since 2002. They have had five albums reach No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and four albums reach No. 2.
"Pearl Jam is honored to be Record Store Day's Ambassador for 2019. Independent record stores are hugely important to me," Pearl Jam's Mike McCready said in a statement publicizing the peak-vinyl event. "Support every independent record store that you can. They're really a good part of society. Know if you love music, this is the place to find it."
With a dozen GRAMMY nominations to date, Pearl Jam's sole win so far was at the 38th GRAMMY Awards for "Spin The Black Circle" for Best Hard Rock Performance.
Pearl Jam will be performing on March 3 in Tempe, Ariz. at the Innings festival, on June 15 in Florence, Italy at the Firenze Rocks Festival and at another festival in Barolo, Italy on June 17. On July 6 Pearl Jam will headline London's Wembley Stadium.
Portugal. The Man To Aida Cuevas: Backstage At The 2018 GRAMMYs
Also see James Fauntleroy, Reba McIntire, Latroit, and more after they stepped off the GRAMMY stage
What do artists do the moment they walk off the GRAMMY stage from presenting, accepting an award or performing? Now, you can find out.
Also see Best Pop Duo/Group Performance GRAMMY winners Portugal. The Man posing with their first career GRAMMY Award, Best Roots Gospel Album GRAMMY winner Reba McIntire right after she walked offstage, Best R&B Song GRAMMY winner James Fauntleroy, Best Remixed Recording GRAMMY winner Latroit, and many more, with these photos from backstage during the 60th GRAMMY Awards.
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Original Misfits Unleash One Night Only L.A. Reunion Show
Dark punk legends to play first show with Glenn Danzig and Jerry Only since last year's Riot Fest reunion
There's big news today for punk-rock fans aware that the Misfits made much more than just T-shirts.
The massively influential punk band announced a special show touted as the "only 2017 performance in this world… or any world" and billed as "The Original Misfits" in Los Angeles at the Forum on Dec. 30.
This will be the first Misfits show featuring original singer Glenn Danzig and original bassist Jerry Only with long-time guitarist Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein since the band reunited for a pair of Riot Fest appearances in Chicago and Denver in 2016. Last year's Riot Fest gigs, which featured drummer Dave Lombardo, marked the first time in 33 years the original Misfits members played together.
"OK Los Angeles, you've waited almost 35 years for this, here's your chance to see the "Original Misfits" in this Exclusive L.A. only performance." said Glenn Danzig. "No Tour, No BS, just one night of dark metal-punk hardcore brutality that will go down in the history books. See you there."
Tickets for this "one night only" show go on sale Friday, August 25.