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A Positive Spinedit
A Positive Spin online auction runs from December 9 through December 22, featuring amazing items from several generous donors, including The BPM Festival, Dubspot, Fool’s Gold Records, Fusicology, Goldenvoice, HARD, House of Blues, Insomniac, Krewella, LED, Major Lazer, Mysteryland USA, Native Instruments, OWSLA, Pattern Bar, Pioneer, React Events, Ultra Music Festival, USC Events and more!
In conjunction with the online auction, we held am incredible DJ and production workshop on Saturday, December 14 at The Optimist Youth Home in East Los Angeles! Youths ages 13-18 who are wards of the state (in the foster system) had a chance to learn various aspects of DJing and production (turntables, CDJs, percussion and more) from some of electronic music’s biggest names including: A-Trak, AC Slater, Big Syphe, Craze, Flinch, Harvard Bass, Kill The Noise, Klever, Mr Choc, Protohype, Richard Vission, Tittsworth and Valentino Khan.
Pictures can be viewed here: http://goo.gl/9Oi5hx
Give a Beat and We Are The Movementedit
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. We 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 hosting live events, we raise awareness of pressing issues and injustices and allow our supporters to make a difference through small, but deeply impactful, socially conscious acts.
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 provide, 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.