“Giving on behalf of the different members that have outstanding amounts of money [owed to them] that came from New Jersey is important because every member has unpaid royalties from writing, production, and publishing,” says Clinton.
(PRWEB) October 11, 2010
George Clinton is generously donating $10,000 and 25% of the Funkadelic Music Catalog to the Barack Obama Green Charter High School through his foundation, Mother’s Hip Connection Education Foundation. These funds will help to educate the students on artists’ rights in his hometown of Plainfield, New Jersey. He will also be awarding an additional 10% of the Funkadelic Music Catalog to two local churches and a local temple.
“Giving on behalf of the different members that have outstanding amounts of money (owed to them) that came from New Jersey is important because every member has unpaid royalties from writing, production, and publishing,” says Clinton.
Earlier this year, Clinton partnered with the Barack Obama Green Charter High School for a fundraiser to raise awareness and money for the first green charter high school in New Jersey. The organization’s focus is “to create independent critical thinkers capable of applying the principles of sustainability for the development of themselves, the community and environment” says Steven King, Founder and Director of Sustainability and Programs for the Barack Obama Green Charter High School. Graciously, Clinton houses several of his original master recordings at the school as a learning tool for students to understand the business and artistry of music.
“His willingness and desire to share his experiences and knowledge of the business of music creates an environment that deepens our students understanding” says, King.
Even with a frenzied tour schedule of over 200 dates a year, Clinton has committed to speak comprehensively to the students this school year:
- Students will learn how to protect their intellectual property rights of creative works
- Students will learn what legal steps to take if someone steals their creative works
- Students will learn how to conduct proper music research
Because this is such an epidemic in the music industry, Clinton is starting a legal defense fund for musicians. Clinton continues to fight his defendants vigorously for the uncollected royalties owed his band mates’ families.
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About the Barack Obama Green Charter High School
The Barack Obama Green Charter High School’s mission is to educate students to become informed, knowledgeable and engaged independent critical thinkers. The school, its staff and community partners will create a learning community that provides students a rigorous academic environment designed to engage students and creatively apply their knowledge to problem solving activities. Using local, national and international sustainable development issues related to the challenges of climate change, clean energy (solar wind, bio-diesel fuel) and a “low carbon green economy” - children will learn to see the connections between themselves, school, their community and the world. We will examine these issues as a means for students to be developed, supported and inspired to view challenges as their opportunities to apply creative solutions.
At The Barack Obama Green Charter High School, we work to enable all students to be lifelong learners, exemplary, responsible citizens, caretakers of the environment, and leaders in the global community.