Jun 22, 2017
SoundExchange Charitable Event Benefits DC’s Historic Duke Ellington School of the Arts
WASHINGTON, DC – June 22, 2017 – In what is becoming a Washington-area rite of summer, SoundExchange’s Summer Music Celebration, a charitable event benefiting the local public arts magnet school Duke Ellington School of the Arts, was held last night at the Newseum featuring the GRAMMY®-nominated singer and producer Jidenna.
The annual Summer Music Celebration highlights the vital role of the arts in our lives by encouraging and nurturing arts education for young creators.
“This event celebrates all music creators, current and future. We are pleased to support Duke Ellington School of the Arts and honored that Jidenna, who is deeply committed to education and the arts, helped us support the next generation of music genius,” SoundExchange President and CEO Michael Huppe said.
This year SoundExchange partnered with Jidenna, a GRAMMY-nominated artist who blends music from multiple genres to form his own unique sound. Jidenna’s double-platinum Billboard Hot 100 song “Classic Man” was featured in the 2016 Academy Award winning film, Moonlight.
Before launching his music career, Jidenna worked as a teacher in the New York public school system, and then continued as an advocate in his work with former First Lady Michelle Obama on her higher education initiatives.
Students with Duke Ellington School of the Arts’ Radical Elite Band performed at a reception prior to the event. All sponsorship funds from the Summer Music Celebration will benefit the Ellington Fund, a 501(c)(3) created to support the arts programming of Duke Ellington School of the Arts, which has offered an arts curriculum for public school students in the District for more than 40 years and boasts many famous graduates.
“We are thrilled to be selected for the second year in a row as the beneficiary of the SoundExchange Summer Music Celebration,” said Ari Fitzgerald, Board president of The Ellington Fund. “Our partnership with SoundExchange has provided tremendous exposure for our students and helped us to continue providing them with a high-quality arts education. As we return to our newly renovated, state-of-the-art school building, we must be prepared to provide the best teachers, art supplies, instruments and enrichment opportunities available for our talented, hard-working and deserving students. The funds raised at this event will help ensure that these students, many of whom reside east of the Anacostia River, receive the education and support they need to become flourishing, productive and well-trained artists. The Ellington Fund and Duke Ellington School of the Arts are grateful to SoundExchange for hosting this event and to the many businesses that have joined with them as sponsors.”
A bipartisan honorary Congressional host committee supported SoundExchange’s efforts to put on the Summer Music Celebration.
Sponsors of the event included: ACG Advocacy, Acumen Solutions, Billboard, City National Bank, Comcast NBCUniversal, Jenner & Block, KPMG, National Music Publishers’ Association, RIAA, Sodexo Magic, SAG-AFTRA, T-Mobile, The Meltzer Group, ten mile SQUARE and Wells Fargo.