Allison Novack: Voice of America interview

Allison Novack of 1308 Productions was interviewed in April 2014, in Washington DC, by Voice of America for a series of  international broadcasts.  The reports focus upon 1308′s continuing efforts to support music education, and to bring positive attention to the need to increase opportunities for participation by children in Haiti. Here is an audio file of the initial report, aired on VOA’s worldwide network. If anyone has instruments or beginning sheet music to donate for delivery to youth music programs in Haiti – please contact us … and thanks to everyone for their help and interest!

Voice of America interview of Allison Novack of 1308 Productions, English, VOA Creole Service:

Creole Report from VOA on 1308′s Outreach:

Voice of America, Creole Service, Creole Interview of 1308′s Allison Novack:


Artist Spotlight: Ex Norwegian

Ex Norwegian

As community support for Ex Norwegian’s new single project continues to grow, 1308 is proud to be part of the action! 1308 Productions have helped the group release their first single featuring new lead singer Lucia Perez entitled “Feelin’ It“. The single quickly grabbed the attention of music lovers worldwide, resulting in over 8,000 streams on SoundCloud in its first couple weeks as well as over 4,000 streams on the popular Spotify. The band is currently finishing their new album, recording with co-producer Fernando Perdomo in Los Angeles.

Stream “Feelin’ It”


1308 Co-Founder Jason Novack Wins NYC Startup Competition With Placemeter

Jason Novack wins NYC startup award for PlacemeterStartup World is an initiative to promote startups, entrepreneurship and technology through a global competition to find the world’s most innovative startups. In 36 tech hub cities around the world, regional pitching competitions are being held, with ten entrepreneurs pitching to a panel of expert judges in each city. The winner of each regional competition will travel to Silicon Valley CA in late 2013 for the finals.
On July 18, 2013 a regional competition was held in New York City and the winner was Jason Novack of Placemeter, a rapidly rising star in the startup world. A regional competition in Miami will be held on July 28, 2013.

Miami-Dade County Public Schools Team Up With C-SPAN

Dr. Martin KarpDr. Martin Karp, Vice Chair of the Miami-Dade County Public School District, announced on July 17, 2013 a newly expanded connection between the nation’s fourth largest public school system and C-SPAN. C-Span offers a range of educational programs and resources which help to inform young people about their government. Dr. Karp thanked Allison Novack, co-founder of 1308, C-Span intern in Washington D.C., for making the link for the benefit of the students and educators of Miami-Dade and other public school systems around the country.

2013 student winners of the Bob Novack Music Awards

Each year outstanding students who exemplify the best in talent, dedication and music education are recognized by 1308 Productions with a scholarship check and selection as recipients of the Bob Novack Music Award.

Eva Gonzalez has won the Bob Novack Music Scholarship at Ruth K. Broad Bay Harbor K-8 Center. “Eva is a wonderful young lady with an incredible love for music,” said Onil Rodriguez, RKBBH Music Educator. “She has been one of our top violinists for the last five years and is a very hard working student, extremely quick in learning her music, and well disciplined.”   ”Eva is also helpful, courteous, and dependable; I am very proud of her,” added Rodriguez.” He envisions an extremely bright future for Ms. Gonzalez.

Alma Rodriguez, graduating from Nautilus Middle School, has also been selected as a winner of the established honor that has boosted many students into successful music endeavors and careers.  “Alma has tremendous talent, a great attitude, and has demonstrated excellence and a commitment to being a credit to the school and community”, said Nautilus music educator Ray Modia. Alma plays flute and trumpet, and has a natural musical talent that her family has seen all her life.

Each year the Bob Novack Music Award is presented at both Nautilus Middle School and Ruth K. Broad Bay Harbor K-8 School to music students chosen by the schools’ music departments. The award is given in memory of the late Bob Novack, a life-long musician, band leader and music educator. Mr. Novack performed with famous bands throughout the United States including the Glenn Miller Band, and he led the Bob Novack Orchestras in South Florida for four decades. He inspired 1308 Productions and its efforts to support music education and the youth music scene

The awards are presented by his son, Paul Novack, former Mayor of Surfside. A list of the winners is posted on line at 1308′s web site at www.1308productions.org.  “1308 Productions is a fantastic asset to the South Florida community and to the music education programs at public schools,” said legendary music teacher Doug Burris, who retired last year after an amazing career at Miami Beach Senior High School.

Learn more about the “Bob Novack Music Awards” and see the list of previous winners here.

Tribute: Carole Taran

With the saddest of hearts, 1308 Productions marks the passing of a musical legend.

CAROLE TARAN - President

The national music industry, the South Florida community, and particularly everyone fortunate enough to have known Carole Taran Lee has suffered a huge, unrepairable loss and void with the passing of the legendary artist, entertainer and businesswoman. Carole passed on February 12, 2013 after a brief illness. Information about some of Carole’s amazing life achievements is below. 1308 Productions has established the Carole Taran Lee Scholarship Award to be presented annually to students of awesome talent, relentless vitality and energy, and love for music and performance.


Internationally Acclaimed Vocalist and Grammy Nominated Atlantic Recording Artist Carole Taran, co-founded Adam Productions in 1974 as the first truly full service Destination Management, Meeting Planning, Entertainment and Logistics company in South Florida. She has performed with the industry’s most renowned artists during a music career that spanned several continents and six decades of presenting incredible music and performances to audiences everywhere.



  • Member of American Guild of Variety Artists – AGVA
  • Screen Actor’s Guild – SAG
  • American Federation of Musicians – AFM
  • Who’s Who in Entertainment
  • Who’s Who in American Women.
  • International Who’s Who of Professional Business Women.
  • Music Industry Record Producer
  • Winner: Carbonnel Award – Best Female Cabaret Performer
  • Past President – Props Women in Show Business
  • Energetic advocate for South Florida conventions, tourism, and live performances

Family and friends suggest contributions to the 1308 Productions Carole Taran Scholarship Fund, Suite 400, 13899 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, Florida 33181. May her talent, joy, wisdom, laughter, and song become bound into an internal recognition of her life and to also serve as a launching pad for others to continue in the amazing, unique tradition and path to success that she created.

inspiring young Americans, providing an entertainment vehicle for public service activities, supporting the South Florida live rock music scene