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Youth Music Program – Opening Ceremonies in Haiti

1308 Productions has reached out to help start something new and worthwhile for the kids of Haiti. After months of preparation, its leaders and founders Allison Novack and Jason Novack traveled to Haiti on August 16, 2014 to participate in the opening ceremonies of a unique collaborative effort to make music education available to young, hopeful and excited children who did not otherwise have any access to music classes and musical instruments.

At the City Hall of Tabarre, Haiti, the Novacks were greeted by an outpouring of appreciation for the creation of a model program that will serve local kids there and which can possibly be replicated in other communities.  1308 delivered dozens of new and used musical instruments of many kinds. Allison and Jason spoke to over 200 children and another 100 adults about the value of music education for the future of the kids and their community. City officials made solemn vows of sustained support; the local government will provide classroom space, a multi-talented music teacher, as well as maintenance and security for the supplied instruments.

The initiative was cheered, and covered by the media, throughout Haiti.  The notion that 1308 would care, and put that concern into action and produce actual, solid results, is a source of new inspiration for the kids, their families, and possibly their nation.  As the presentation of 1308 highlighted for all to hear, the kids of Haiti represent the country’s future and their ability to come to City Hall, benefit from attention and music lessons, develop their talents and be recognized accordingly, and know that they live in a world that cares about them, it was all a very important positive development.

Officials in Tabarre intend to name the new music education program the “Novack School of Music, a Project of 1308 Productions.”

Here are some photos and videos from a very special Saturday in Haiti:

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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/

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2014 BOB NOVACK MUSIC AWARDS presented at miami beach area schools

Music faculty at local public schools select their most outstanding, 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. There are three student winners for 2014 at Nautilus Middle School and RKB Bay Harbor K-8 Center.

Najura Hanchard and Matteus Cobo, two high achieving and motivated students, were selected this year for the Bob Novack Music Awards and Scholarships at Ruth K. Broad Bay Harbor K-8 Center. “

“Najura serves as First Cellist in the RKB Bay Harbor String Orchestra, and she has also performed with the Advanced Bobcat Guitar Ensemble,” said Onil Rodriguez, RKBBH Music Educator. “She has been a cello soloist on many occasions, and has also been a member of the Advanced Bobcat Guitar Ensemble, he added.   Najura has also performed with the South Florida Youth Symphony and the New World Youth Symphony Concert.

Matteus Cobo plays double bass in the String Orchestra, and is an avid guitarist.  “Matteus has performed numerous times with the Advanced Bobcat Guitar Ensemble and at many events in the school and community,” said Mr. Rodriguez.  Matteus played lead guitar in a rock performance of classical music during the school awards assembly and ceremonies that were held at the Beach High Auditorium.

Mahitte Kaisaal, 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.  “Mahitte was chosen for the Bob Novack Music Award because she is an extremely talented musician who has been an important part of the Nautilus Jazz and Guitar Ensemble for two years,” said Nautilus music educator Ray Modia.  “Mahitte has also won many piano competitions and done many recitals in the community,” he added.  Mahitte, an active and involved student, served as president of the Nautilus Student Council.

All three 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 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” 

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Nautilus Music Teacher Ray Modia and 2014 Winner Mahitte Kaisaal

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Ensemble Performance at RKB Bay Harbor Graduation Ceremonies, Onil Rodriguez conducting. 2014 Winners Matteus Cobo on guitar and Najumba Hanchard on cello.

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Allison Novack meets with officials from the Republic of Haiti

A delegation of officials from the Republic of Haiti met in Miami on May 22, 2014 with Allison Novack, co-founder and producer of 1308 Productions, to discuss the importance of expanding music education opportunities for youth in Haiti.
The group was extremely impressed with and receptive to Allison’s ideas and suggestions and pledged to work with 1308 to raise awareness and begin the process of bringing music to the lives of many young people in Haitian communities.  “1308 is setting an enormously positive example in its music education and public service endeavors, and we hope to move towards implementation of the ideas in the near future,” said Mayor Marie Geralde Zamore Lemite of the city of Tabarre.
The meeting was organized by public officials as well as educational and business leaders in the United States and in Haiti, including former Mayor and Councilman Philippe Derose, Wilfred Belfort, president of the Bel Hotel, and Professor Alfred Mentor.  “The ideas and concepts exchanged today form a basis for great things to come, and we are so grateful for the interest of 1308 Productions in helping our communities develop the ability to serve our young population in Haiti,” said Professor Mentor. In attendance were many officials of all levels of government in Haiti.
1308 seeks to bring positive attention to the multi-faceted benefits of music education for youth, and how music can help inspire and motivate young people to achieve a wide array of goals and objectives. Voice of America Radio continues to recognize this extraordinary outreach effort which will be the focus of international news broadcasts that will be linked to this site and available to be heard by people around the world.
Pictured above, a delegation of officials from Haiti following their meeting in North Miami Beach with Allison Novack of 1308 Productions.

Pictured above, a delegation of officials from Haiti following their meeting in North Miami Beach with Allison Novack of 1308 Productions.

 

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Carole Taran Award For Performing Arts

The first annual Carole Taran Award for Performing Arts at Miami Beach Senior High School was presented to senior Hillary Zhuner, an incredible performer who was selected by the faculty of the Fine Arts Academy at Beach High.  Hillary will be attending New School in New York City, majoring in Jazz Vocal  Performance. Hillary has been a vocalist in the Rock Ensemble for the last four years. She is also an accomplished violinist and has been a member of the school Orchestra since ninth grade. In addition, this year she performed in two musical theatre productions Starmites and South Pacific in which she had the female lead.The 2014 Senior Awards Ceremonies were held on Wednesday May 21st at the Beach High Auditorium and the “Carole Award” was presented to Hillary Zhuner at that time.

Nina Duval, Chair of the Fine Arts Academy at Miami Beach Senior High School, and Hillary Zhuner, winner of the first annual Carole Taran Award for Excellence in Performing Arts.

Nina Duval, Chair of the Fine Arts Academy at Miami Beach Senior High School, and Hillary Zhuner, winner of the first annual Carole Taran Award for Excellence in Performing Arts.

The annual award is presented by 1308 Productions, a non-profit and public service music education advocacy organization founded and led by former Beach High students Jason Novack and Allison Novack.  The award is in honor and memory of their aunt, Carole Taran Lee, also an alumnus of Beach High.

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 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

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BEACH HIGH STUDENT WINS AWARD (Miami Herald, July 27, 2014)

May her joys, laughter, and songs become bound into an eternal recognition of her unique life and to also serve as a launching pad for others to continue in the tradition that she created.Carol Taran portrait

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Kids honored for achievements in music

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For several years now, I have had the pleasure of congratulating the winners of the Bob Novack Music Awards, presented at Miami Beach area schools, while also introducing the winners to you. I like that, because it puts some very deserving and talented students in the spotlight.

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

This year, three students from Nautilus Middle School and Ruth K. Broad Bay Harbor K-8 Center were selected for the 2014 award.

They are: Najura Hanchard and Matteus Cobo, who according to a press release are “two high achieving and motivated students” from RKB Bay Harbor K-8 Center; and Mahitte Kaisaal from Nautilus Middle.

Onil Rodriguez, a music educator at RKB Bay Harbor, said Najura is first cellist in the school’s String Orchestra and she has performed with the Advanced Bobcat guitar Ensemble. “Najura has also performed with the South Florida Youth Symphony and the New World Youth Symphony Concert.”

He said Matteus plays double bass in the school’s String Orchestra and is an avid guitarist. “Matteus has performed numerous times with the Advanced Bobcat Guitar Ensemble and at many events in the school and community,” Rodriguez s said. Matteus also played lead guitar in a rock performance of classical music during the school awards assembly and ceremonies that were held at Miami Beach High School Auditorium.

Mahittte who recently graduated from Nautilus Middle School, was selected for the award because she is “an extremely talented musician who has been an important part of the Nautilus Jazz and Guitar Ensemble for two years, said Nautilus music educator Ray Modia. “Mahitte has also won many piano competitions and done many recitals in the community,” he said. Mahitte also served as president of the Nautilus Student Council.

The Bob Novack Award is presented in memory of the late Bob Novack, a life-long musician, band leader and music educator. He performed with famous bands throughout the United States, including the Glenn Miller Band. He led the Bob Novack Orchestra in South Florida for four decades.

Source: http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/06/22/4188826/kids-honored-for-achievements.html

Group seeking instruments, sheet music for Haiti

If you have any new or used musical instruments or sheet music for beginners that you no longer use, 1308 Productions wants you to know its team has a place for them.

The production company is trying to expand music education opportunities for children in Haiti, who could benefit in so many ways from being able to develop their talents and interests.

If you can help, the 1308 Team will arrange for local pick-up of instruments and music.

The 1308 Production company is a non-profit, public service, youth music education advocates and producers. It is located at 13899 Biscayne Blvd., Suite 400, Miami, FL 33181. Call 305-947-3000, for more information.

Originally appeared on the Miami Herald: http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/05/08/4105981/music-from-the-movies-at-gusman.html

More info: Music schools drum up new hope for students in Haiti

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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:

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More info: Music schools drum up new hope for students in Haiti

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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.

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