February 02nd, 2011

All-ages Music Symposium & AMP'd! concert February 20th

The All-ages Music Symposium & AMP'd! Concert unites allies of all-ages events and venues for music and art in the Bay Area

Oakland, CA (January 26, 2011) - Youth Movement Records (YMR) in association with the All-ages Movement Project (AMP) presents an afternoon of dynamic mobilizing conversations to generate momentum for the local all-ages movement through education and music, Sunday, February 20, 2011 at La Peña Cultural Center in Berkeley. The All-ages Music Symposium commences at 4PM and will feature a panel discussion and break out sessions amongst representatives from government and policy, media, community organizations as well as venue owners, promoters, artists, parents and fans about the viability of an all-ages music scene in the Bay Area. The evening will culminate in a production that epitomizes the movement, uniting artists of different genres and ages at the AMP'd! concert.

September 22nd, 2010

YMR Kicks off its New Fall Season with EnterACTION: YMR's Community Open House!

By Emily Moldy

After spending this summer doing a lot of reflecting, restructuring and redefining what Youth Movement Records stands for as an organization, YMR was excited and ready to kick off its new 2010 season last week, with an all-welcoming, open house, community event called EnterACTION. Last Wednesday, on September 15th, YMR staff, participants new and old, and community members all gathered here at OSA where YMR is housed, to meet, eat, and get the inside scoop on what YMR is all about and how cool it really is...

Modeled like an Open House, this event included tours through the facilities given by some true YMR all-star charmer-tour guides, a chance to check out mini- presentations of our music and media-arts workshops, live performances from YMR artists Styna Swagg and Princeton, an opportunity to meet YMR staff and instructors and network with other community members, a raffle... and of course, FOOD!

From performances from YMR artists, to the Music Production workshop, check out pictures from the event below!

^Jamal showing off his DJ skills & keeping everyone on a good one with his spinning!

August 26th, 2010

YMR Alum TheSeKondElement Rocks HOB in New Orleans!

Last night, Youth Movement Records alum TheSeKondElement performed LIVE at the House of Blues in New Orleans for Certified NOLA, a concert featuring all local artists hosted by Supreme Street x Traffic Boutique. Watch the video to get a glimpse of what you missed!

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August 25th, 2010

RYSE Summer Jam featured in Richmond Confidential!

On Saturday August 21st, Youth Movement Records represented during a back-to-school summer jam at our partner site in Richmond, CA the RYSE Youth Center. Check out this feature on Richmond Confidential! (Just click the image for the full story!)

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July 24th, 2010

FreshFest 2010: A Green Festival for the People

For Immediate Release: July 23, 2010

(Oakland, CA) – On August 14, 2010, youth-oriented social media platform Get Fresh, in collaboration with Grind for the Green, Conscious Youth Media Crew, Youth Movement Records, Livity Outernational Clothing, Global Exchange, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, Oakland Green Youth Media Arts Center and others, presents the 2010 FreshFest, a solar-powered eco-music festival which makes its East Bay debut in Oakland’s Mosswood Park.

FreshFest is a Green Festival for the people, bringing eco-sustainability and environmental awareness into an urban, community-oriented context. “We’re bringing back the old-school hip-hop concept of ‘fresh’ and adding an environmental, conscious twist to it,” says G4G co-founder and event organizer Zakiya Harris. “We’re basically saying, it’s fresh to be informed about environmental issues. Conscious lyrics are fresh, and so is organic, locally-grown produce and green fashion.”

Though targeted at youth, this all-ages event promises fun for the entire family. The FreshFest integrates eco-awareness and eco-education with entertainment, making learning about green practices, programs, and careers fun, while promoting sustainability through recycled materials, biodegradable foodware, and organic food. The event will feature a fresh food pavilion featuring locally-grown organic produce, hands-on
demonstrations, health and wellness activities, Fresh Kids Zone, Hip-Hop Competition, and concert.

May 14th, 2010

Musicplus: Skill Building for Musicians (5/16)

Join us at the East Bay Community Foundation in Oakland on Sunday, May 16 for Musicplus – a free seminar to sharpen your skills and network with other musicians and composers. The event is being presented by East Bay Community Foundation, Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund, The San Francisco Foundation, and Future of Music Coalition, a nonprofit musician advocacy organization. This program is made possible with the support of The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, LINC (Leveraging Investments in Creativity), The James Irvine Foundation, and The Wallace Foundation.

This event is SOLD OUT, but you can still participate. Tune into the live webcast from 12 noon - 6 pm PT (3 PM - 9 PM ET), Sunday, May 16 where you can watch all the main room programming, participate in an online chat, even ask questions! RYSE Media Arts Coordinator and Youth Movement Records' Protools Instructor Fred Thomas will be a featured panelist.

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May 11th, 2010

All Oakland Talent Show

As writer James Baldwin said, “The time is now”. And so, in its 10th anniversary year, the All Oakland Youth Talent Showcase is calling on your support now. Entitled, “Oakland State of Mind”, this showcase is a space where youth ranging from 5 to 19 year olds from all over Oakland audition to be able to share the same stage in solidarity for the Bay Area to see that we, in “the Town”, are more than the negative images that are constantly used to portray us. Come stand in solidarity with us on Friday May 14, 2010.

SHOW DATE: Friday, May 14, 2010 (doors opening at 6:30pm | show starting at 7pm)

LOCATION: Scottish Rite Center at 1520 Lakeside Drive alongside Oakland’s beautiful Lake Merritt

$10 – general audience
$3 – youth ages 2-19

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May 07th, 2010

YMR Presents Ise Lyfe's "Pistols & Prayers" May 21st-23rd in the Black Box Theater at the Fox

Lyfe Productives (LP) and Hot Water Cornbread (HWC), in association with Youth Movement Records (YMR), have channeled their artistic resources to present “Pistols and Prayers,” a profound performance piece interweaving Spoken Word, African-American Folk Spirituals, Classical Music and Hip-Hop onto one stage at the Historic Fox Theater in celebration of the African Diaspora!

Written and directed by nationally renowned Spoken Word Hip-Hop Theater Artist Ise Lyfe, "Pistols and Prayers" is a powerful poetic collage of sociopolitical commentary, blended with a glimpse into his coming of age as a man, artist, and advocate for social change. A stage piece based on the newly published self-titled book by one of the nation's greatest young writers, “Pistols and Prayers” is an impressive production accompanied musically by the African-American folk spirituals of internationally renowned artist Melanie Demore, young Master Cellist, Michael Fecskes and radio personality/deejay DC Coleman from KMEL’s 106.1FM.

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April 16th, 2010

Futures Expo at Laney College

On April 14th, YMR partnered with Laney College and the Chinatown Youth Center Initiative (CYCI) to bring an all-inclusive futures planning conference to over 500 local high school and college-aged youth.

The Expo included resume-writing workshops, a career planning clinic, a keynote address from human rights activist and emcee Kiwi Illafonte, and over 50 vendors from local and corporate employers and community-based organizations.

In addition to event planning expertise, YMR youth, LeRon “Ron G” Blankenship, Ben “WatzReal” White, and Princeton Maharam provided lunchtime entertainment to Futures Expo attendees. Our partnership with Laney College and the CYCI has proven valuable and will continue on in order to provide youth-relevant activities and resources in the future.

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April 12th, 2010

YMR Partnered with BUMP Records for Artist Showcase

Youth Movement Records (YMR) and the Bay Unity Music Project (BUMP Records) collectively presented an intimate showcase for a select group of our premier young artists Saturday, April 10th at the Black Box Theater within the Fox. The youth rehearsed and prepared 15-minute sets to present to a private audience that consisted of members of League 510, Do D.A.T., Claytoven Richardson, Robert Collins, RyanNicole, and Rashidi Omari amongst others.

A few moments captured from the event: