2015-07 02


After another successful school year of supporting music education programs in South Florida, 1308 Productions and new Haiti partner Torch of Hope are preparing for the commencement of a new kids music program in Fauge, Haiti.  Kids in the remote area of Fauge will have the opportunity to participate in beginning music classes, mainly in guitar and flute.  The instruments are being provided by 1308 Productions and the teachers are being provided by Torch of Hope.  Kids will begin the program in September 2015 and updates will be coming in from Fauge at that time. Here are just a few of the 25+ various instruments, being readied for shipment to Haiti in July:



Music faculty at two local public schools select their most talented and dedicated students each year and 1308 Productions presents each one with the Bob Novack Music Award and a scholarship check to recognize them and inspire their continued achievement.

The 2015 award winners are Leonardo Tedesco at Nautilus Middle School and Tobias Pagliaroli at RKB Bay Harbor K-8 Center.

Leonardo Tedesco is an outstanding music student, a skilled bass guitarist, and a devoted assistant to the music program at Nautilus Middle School. Legendary music teacher Ray Modia said that “Leonardo has been a great asset to our band; he practices hard, helps his peers in all respects, and plans to become a professional musician.” Leonardo has also been instrumental in helping to set up for all school concert and events, always being there to help in any way possible. He will be going on to Beach High to continue his education and development of his musical skills.

At Ruth K. Broad Bay Harbor Elementary, the award winner in 2015 is Tobias Pagliaroli. “Tobi has been the First Chair Violin in our orchestra since he was in the 6th grade!”, said renowned music teacher Onil Rodriguez. “He is a great musician and a great young man,” he added. Tobias helps tune the orchestra, is a featured soloist, and is an enthusiastic mentor to younger students. He has performed publicly many times including at All State and the Florida Youth Symphony. “I am a better teacher for having Tobi in my classes and ensembles,” said Mr. Rodriguez.

The award winners were congratulated by their teachers, and by former mayor Paul Novack, son of the late Bob Novack, after whom the awards are named. The winners were applauded by packed house audiences including their families, friends, and community officials.

Each year the Bob Novack Music Awards are presented at both Nautilus Middle School and Ruth K. Broad Bay Harbor K-8 School. 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.

Congratulations to this year’s winners, now added to an amazing list of honorees: check out the Winners of the “Bob Novack Music Awards


MIAMI HERALD: Friends and Neighbors: Students honored with Bob Novack Student Music Awards

Adam Taran and Mary Figueroa

“CAROLE AWARD” Presented at Seniors Ceremony

The second annual Carol Taran Award for Excellence in Performing Arts at Miami Beach Senior High School was presented to senior Mary Figueroa, a superbly talented performer who was selected for the award by the faculty of the Fine Arts Academy at Beach High.

“Mary is a shining star in musical theatre. She is extremely talented and has a phenomenal voice,” said Nina Duval, Lead Teacher and Fine Arts Chair at the high school. Mary will be attending Columbia College Chicago and studying for a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre.

During high school Mary performed in nine school (9) productions, competed in the world’s largest theater festival and was rated Superior as a Solo Artist. She has also performed in numerous public service, community and hospital events and has created a youth empowerment organization to inspire young people to positively impact the lives of others.

The 2015 Senior Awards Ceremonies were held on Friday May 22st at the Beach High Auditorium and the “Carole Award” was presented to Mary Figueroa at that time. Mary was presented with a plaque and a $500.00 scholarship check from 1308 Productions.


1308 Productions Initiates Model Program to Give Kids in Haiti Access to Free Music Education

Jason and Allison Novack, co-founders of 1308 Productions, travel to Tabarre, Haiti on Saturday August 16, 2014 to inaugurate a free after-school music education program at Tabarre’s City Hall.

In January, Voice of America announced the Novack duo’s plan to hand-deliver instruments to Haiti where local officials will provide Haitian students with free music lessons from a professional music teacher with the supplied instruments. The program will run year-round out of City Hall.

An initial program and ceremony to launch the new program will take place on Saturday, August 16 at 1:00 pm at Tabarre City Hall. The 50+ instruments are of all kinds and will facilitate a varied music program for beginning music students. See the related news and broadcast links: http://www.1308productions.org/tag/haiti/

Haiti Model Program 1 Haiti Model Program 2


Friends and Neighbors: Students honored with Bob Novack Student Music Awards

from the Miami Herald Community Voices, June 4, 2015

Today, I want to say congratulations to all the 2015 graduates — whether you are stepping up from kindergarten to the first grade, or from college to grad school. This is a very important time in your life and my blessings on you all for a great future.

In keeping with that, it’s also “Hats off” time to the winners of the annual Bob Novack Student Music Awards. Each year, music faculty at two local public schools select their most talented and dedicated students. The award, presented by 1308 Productions, comes a scholarship check to inspire continued achievement.

The 2015 winners are Leonardo Tedesco of Nautilus Middle School and Tobias Pagliaroli at Ruth K. Broad Bay Harbor K-8 Center.

Leonardo is a skilled bass guitarist and a devoted assistant to the music program at Nautilus. Ray Modia, his music teacher said, “Leonardo has been a great asset to our band. He practices hard, helps his peers in all respects, and plans to become a professional musician.”

Leonardo also has been instrumental in helping to set up for all school concerts and other events. He will attend Miami Beach High in the fall to continue his education and development of his musical skills.

Tobias’ Broad music teacher Onil Rodriguez said of him, “Tobi has been the first chair violin in our orchestra since he was in the sixth grade. He is a great musician and a great young man.”

Rodriguez said Tobias helps tune the orchestra, is a featured soloist and is an enthusiastic mentor to younger students. He has performed publicly many times, including at All State and the Florida Youth Symphony. “I am a better teacher for having Tobi in my classes and ensembles,” Rodriguez said.

Former Surfside Mayor Paul Novack, son of the late Bob Novack, introduced and congratulated the winners at the awards ceremony. Bob Novack was a life-long musician, band leader and music educator who performed with several famous bands throughout the United States, including the Glenn Miller Band. He led the Bob Novack Orchestra in South Florida for four decades.

Read full article here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/community-voices/article23119347.html


1308 is in discussions with community organizations in Fauge, Jacmel, and Tabarre about potential future locations for an expanded kids music education program in Haiti.

Classes in Tabarre are in transition; city officials were replaced without an election, city functions have been interrupted, and a local community foundation is interested in hosting the program there in the future. The instruments remain secure and will be transferred to a kids music program in another facility.

A summer camp program in Fauge is interested in working with 1308 to make music education opportunities available to more kids. Teachers have been identified. As additional instruments are collected, they will be shipped and delivered. Stay tuned!

Sweatstock Fundraiser

Bring an instrument on March 13 to Sweat Records

Support Sweat Records, attend Sweatstock, and help 1308 Productions provide instruments to kids in Haiti!

Sweat Records is hosting a fundraiser concert on Friday, March 13th at Churchill’s. There they will be collecting donations of instruments and other musical gear for the Novack School of Music, our musical education program for children in Haiti.

Doors are at 9pm. Cover charge is $5. Please spread the word and bring your no longer used instruments for donation.


The Miami Times: Music runs in the Novack family’s blood.

Allison Novack’s aunt was a singer, her grandfather a bandleader and her older brother a pianist and guitarist. Allison has always been behind the scenes, ever since she and her older brother, Jason, co-founded 1308 Productions, a nonprofit organization dedicated to public service and music education.

These days, the efforts of the nonprofit have reached out internationally, as the Novack family is currently holding a drive to collect musical instruments for children in Haiti in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake – which killed more than 300,000 people according to Haitian government estimates.

“Haiti is still rebuilding after so much devastation and I believe music can be a powerful source to turn to in hard times,” said Allison, 22, a graduate of the University of Miami who currently works in Washington, D.C. for PBS in the communications corporate division. “People connect through music. It makes them happy and elevates their spirits.”

Continue reading: http://miamitimesonline.com/news/2015/feb/04/making-beautiful-music/

The Miami New Times header

Miami Family Collecting Musical Instruments for Haitian Children

January 12 marked the fifth anniversary of the earthquake that left 220,000 people dead and another 300,000 injured in the Caribbean nation of Haiti. Despite humanitarian aid and efforts to help with rebuilding efforts, the country still faces a host of challenges.

The Novack family of Miami is stepping in to assist Haiti’s youngsters with an area of education that’s often overlooked, even in American schools: music. They opened their first children’s music institution in August of last year, and a second is soon to follow.

Currently, they’re collecting instruments to be used for educational purposes, so start rounding up your flutes and guitars for a good cause.

The Novack family are philanthropists, and major supporters of Haiti. Allison and her brother Jason are co-founders of 1308 Productions, a family-owned non-profit that supports music education.

“I’ve always known that music is a huge part of Haitian culture, but that access to instruments there is limited, making it difficult for any child to find their potential musical talent,” Allison says. “Music is proven to bring people together, advance learning skills, and elevate happiness – it’s the universal language, and the best remedy for hard times.”

Their first children’s music school opened its doors in Tabarre, Haiti, in August of 2014.

“The school is still growing, as it only opened last August, but so far, we have had more than 60 registered students, who attend music lesson classes at Town Hall after school,” Allison explains.

For the first school, Allison and Jason hand-delivered the instruments to the town hall, and presented them to an audience of children.

“Everyone was so excited for the opportunity to play music, with an instrument that they may have never seen before,” she says. “The kids can now express themselves by creating music, and they can develop their talent in to something that can turn in to an impressive hobby, or a solid career.”

Right now, they’re soliciting donations of all kinds for their second school project.

“We encourage donations of any instruments that are in good-standing condition – new or used, brass or wind, electric or acoustic. We also welcome any monetary donations – small or large, that will help us book our flights to and from Haiti, pay for the shipping of the instruments, and to host live concerts with local bands in the Miami area.”

Donate an old flute, help a kid develop a passion for music — sounds like a pretty good deal.

Instruments can be dropped off or shipped to 1308 Productions at 13899 Biscayne Blvd., Suite 400, North Miami. You can call 305-947-3000 to request an instrument pick-up.

Article originally appeared on the Miami New Times: http://blogs.miaminewtimes.com/cultist/2015/01/miami_family_collecting_instruments_to_help_teach_haitian_kids_music_draft.php

Haiti music class

Youth music program in Haiti (from Miami Herald)

Speaking of hope, I’d like to thank 1308 Productions , a nonprofit music education advocacy and public service organization, for giving hope to a lot of children in poverty stricken Haitian towns.

The organization, run by siblings Allison and Jason Novack, recently established a youth music program in Tabarre, Haiti, and also in several other Haitian communities. And they did it with your help of donated musical instruments and sheet music. Photos of the program now in operation:  http://www.1308productions.org/tag/haiti/

The Novacks need your help again. They have a holiday drive for more instruments and sheet music. They want to make the delivery early in January.

New and used instruments in good condition are needed for the organization to take its work into other Haitian towns, to children and youths who otherwise would never have the opportunity to learn music and how to play instruments.

The donated instruments and sheet music, monetary donations and all that is needed to start a beginners’ class, is needed for the project.

The Novacks have also provided instruments and scholarships to music education programs at local public schools in South Florida.

If you want to help, visit 1308 Productions on the web at: www.1308productions.org, or you call 305-947-3000 to arrange pick up or drop off instruments for the cause. Monetary donations may be sent to 1308 Productions, Senator Building, 13899 Biscayne Blvd., Suite 400, North Miami, Florida 3181.  Please make checks payable to 1308 Productions.

Originally appeared on Miami Herald, December 28, 2014. Written by Bea Hines.


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