Beats, Rhymes & Relief Hosts a Public Community Event “The Culmination” in LA to Celebrate the Power of Music, Hip Hop and the Arts for Social Good

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On Sunday, June 1, 2014, a free public community event will bring together local performers, dancers, artists and community activists to explore the intersection of music and social good. The event is part of a multi-state tour to key US cities focusing on the power of arts to transform communities.

LA The Culmination

The LA theme is ‘Hip Hop for Social Good' & will weave the key elements of hip hop into messages of social good & philanthropy. Part of the mural facing the ocean will be dedicated to highlighting the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Syria.

On Sunday, June 1, Beats Rhymes & Relief, in association with the Setting The Pace Foundation, is hosting a free public community event “The Culmination” to celebrate the power of music and arts for social good.

LA is the last stop in a country wide tour organized by Beats, Rhymes and Relief as part of the “Making Beats Count” video contest previously hosted in New York City, Washington DC, Dallas Texas and Chicago Illinois. Making Beats Count is a national online contest in sponsorship with PCDJ with a goal of using local artists in major US cities to send messages of peace, education and social investment through music and art. The campaign inspires local artists to create original lyrics and a music video that highlight the importance of youth education, anti-drug campaigns, respect for your community and other community engagement themes.

Making Beats Count events strive to bridge gaps in community, culture, through a day of interactive community engagement. The event messages focus around inspiring social good both on a local and global level. The day includes a live music video shoot, graffiti mural painting and a community service component. Past events Making Beats Counts event have included drives for school supplies, winter clothing drives and free haircuts for under-served youth.

The mural leaves behind a permanent vision of peace and community aimed at inspiring neighborhood residents to participate in social good locally for years to come. The LA mural theme will be ‘Hip Hop for Social Good.’ It will weave the key elements of hip hop into messages of social good, philanthropy and the arts. Part of the mural facing the ocean will be dedicated to highlighting the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Syria.

The event will feature a panel discussion titled: Break the Cycle. The expert panel will discuss themes around music for social good, the importance of positive messaging in music and will explore the relationship between drugs, gangs and music namely looking at the juvenile justice system.

When: Sunday, June 1, 2014 at 10:00am - 9:00pm
Where: STP Foundations - Venice Art Walls 1800 Ocean Front Walk, Venice CA 90291
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Local performers include: Casual of Heiroglyphics, Pawz One, Medusa The Gangsta Goddess, International Maverick, Dtox and Mazzi. Graffiti Artists include: IZK, DTOX, SKILZ, OG Chino and Bruno of STP.

Host: Beats, Rhymes and Relief in collaboration with the Setting The Pace Foundation
Sponsors: PCDJ, RecShop, Underground HipHop Blog and

Beats, Rhymes & Relief: Beats, Rhymes & Relief is a non-profit organization utilizing the arts to raise awareness and support for worldwide humanitarian relief efforts. Beats, Rhymes & Relief harnesses the power of cultural diplomacy to raise the profile of global issues through high-profile public music concerts. Beats, Rhymes & Relief is a US based NGO headquartered in Washington, DC.

The Making Beats Count Contest will officially launch July 1, 2014 and the online voting session will be open until Labor Day weekend. The video with the most votes will win production tools from PDCJ and will be invited to perform their song at One World Syria, Beats, Rhymes and Reliefs’ inaugural celebrity benefit concert in Washington DC in the Fall of 2014.

Omar Al-Chaar & Rameen Aminzadeh

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