With the holidays in full swing, it's a perfect time to think about ways to give back! We're excited to announce A POSITIVE SPIN, an online fundraising auction to benefit Give a Beat and We Are The Movement, two programs which use electronic music to make a positive impact in the lives of youth.
The online auction runs from December 9 through December 22, featuring amazing items from several generous donors, including (in alphabetical order) The BPM Festival, Dubspot, Fool's Gold
Records, Fusicology, Goldenvoice, HARD, House of Blues, Insomniac, Krewella, LED, Major Lazer, Mysteryland USA, Native Instruments, Pattern Bar, Pioneer, Ultra Music Festival, USC Events and more. The auction is live at www.32auctions.com/APositiveSpin
In conjunction with the online auction, A POSITIVE SPIN will host a day of DJ and production workshops on Saturday, December 14 at The Optimist Youth Home in East Los Angeles. Fifty youths ages 13-18 who are wards of the state (in the foster system) will get a chance to learn various aspects of DJing and production (turntables, CDJs, beat-making and more) from some of electronic music's biggest names including (in alphabetical order): A-Trak, AC Slater, Big Syphe, Craze, Flinch, Harvard Bass, Kill The Noise, Klever, Mr Choc, Protohype, Richard Vission, Tittsworth
and Valentino Khan.
The event is being coordinated by Candice Fliedner (We Are The Movement
and Optimist Youth Homes & Family Services) with the involvement of Denise Melanson. Promotional is support provided by The Firm Graphics, Plexi PR, fusicology, and Universal Rhythm.
About the organizations:
Optimist Youth Homes & Family Services (OYHFS) is a nationally accredited non-profit 501(c)3 corporation. They are one of the oldest and largest agencies of its kind in Southern California. With locations in three counties, referrals are accepted from throughout the state of California. They serve over 500 at-risk youth and their families every day.
We Are The Movement
helps at-risk foster and probation youth increase their emotional intelligence, self-awareness and confidence by encouraging them to explore outlets of creative self-expression, within the accepting environment that the positive and loving dance music community creates. We Are The Movement
offers lessons in DJ'ing, digital music production, sound engineering, live instrumentation, songwriting and recording, and freestyle expressive street dance to youth in an informal environment where children can express and celebrate their own individuality, and not be subject to the judgment of peers. We Are The Movement
provides, as a mobile unit, a DJ learning station, live instrumentation such as percussionists, spoken word artists and poets, freestyle dance instructors, and movement therapy practitioners.
Give a Beat serves as a catalyst to transform the positive energy of global dance music culture into meaningful interactions that build community and generate social good. They provide dance and world music producers and lovers with a unique channel for activism and philanthropy by empowering them to make purposeful decisions. By creating a dynamic presence online, and participating in live events, Give A Beat raises awareness of pressing issues and injustices and allow our supporters to make a difference through small, but deeply impactful, socially conscious acts. Learn more at www.giveabeat.org