Sunday, March 15, 2009

Concert From The Heart: Working Together To Make A Difference

Van Taylor, legendary musician, Armed Forces Entertainment and Educator in Music Business, has traveled globally for over 25 years entertaining the troops. During his trips, he has witnessed hunger and homelessness first hand on a grand scale. Since the economic downturn in Western New York, Mr. Taylor has seen more problems with people going with less or nothing in his own backyard of Buffalo, New York.

Van approached Michael Billoni, Director of Public Relations for The Food Bank of Western New York and Ron Daniels, President of The American Federation of Musicians Local # 92, with his vision to create a concert of local musicians performing with The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. Van wished proceeds to benefit The Food Bank of Western New York and The Buffalo City Mission: Two organizational staples that contribute to many smaller organizations in Western New York. Upon approval from all involved, Van quickly put together a team of professionals to promote and perform in order to see his dream come to fruition. This became, "Concert From The Heart."

Van Taylor is a tireless supporter of arts, education, awareness and most importantly, ending world hunger. He produced a CD entitled, "The Hunger Project", where all proceeds go directly to The Hunger Project, an organization currently fighting Global World Hunger.

The British Broadcasting Corporation will do a LIVE interview on the evening of March 17, 2009 from Buffalo, New York to the entire world on World Today BBC. Nina Robinson, multi-platform for the BBC, wishes to interview Michael Billoni and George Scott, President of The Historic Colored Musicians Club, who is performing that night with The George Scott Big Band. Nina requested music during the broadcast and Van Taylor's original, "A Nice Day" from "The Hunger Project" CD is going to be aired LIVE during that interview.

Van conceptualized one form of sponsorship: Angel Sponsors. An individual or company able to purchase tickets and donate them for people who cannot afford to attend. This aids in getting people to Kleinhans, it helps a child attend a beautiful concert, it opens doors to art, music, all genres, to community and culture. The proceeds from this event also go towards an Erie County High School music scholarship. In addition to helping organizations, this event is helping children realize a dream otherwise out of reach. A team of hardworking people, living and working in Western New York, have been going non-stop in order to make this a complete success.

This is an historic event and it has never occurred in Western New York and the fact that The BBC is taking notice is immense. Buffalo will be put out to the world in such a positive light. We are the "City of Good Neighbors." Finally, the world will get a chance to see that.

Today, tomorrow and in the coming months, if there is no support for The Buffalo City Mission and The Food Bank of Western New York, there will be no places to go to in order to feed or clothe people. This is a fact. It is due to the support of both organizations that pantries, churches, soup kitchens, and community centers are able to get assistance. This is a time for all of us to help each other. It is a time of great change. Today is a time for us to work together to make a difference. In the words of Van Taylor himself: To Care for the Least of US, is to Care for All of US. © VT 2009

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