May 29, 2013
Over $25,000 was given to eleven (11) different arts organizations by the Foundation for Entertainment, Development and Education. FEDE is a 501 C-3 created in 1990 to fund projects and programs that acknowledge the profound importance of the performing arts to the culture and economy of the New Orleans area. The Foundation is supported by proceeds from four annual events: The Tribute to the Classical Arts, The Big Easy Theater Awards, The Big Easy Music Awards, and The Reds, Whites and the Blues, a food and wine event fundraiser.
were chosen for several reasons. FEDE sought to award a variety of
disciplines within the performing arts. The board also looked at how
many people would benefit from each proposal, giving more credence to
projects involving hands-on-training for participants.
2013 FEDE Grant Recipients
Orleans Youth Sound Experience (NOYSE)
FOR ENTERTAINMENT DEVELOPMENT & EDUCATION
(The Big Easy Awards Foundation for the Performing Arts)
3923 Bienville Street, New Orleans, LA 70119 504-483-3130 email@example.com
The Foundation for Entertainment Development and Education, Inc. is a 501C-3 non-profit organization created in 1990 to fund projects and programs that acknowledge the profound importance of the performing arts to the culture and economy of the New Orleans area. The Foundation recognizes and supports activities that nurture talented youth and offer continuing education to professionals, or otherwise improve and enhance the future of the performing arts in our region. The focus for grants has been education in music, theatre and dance.
The Foundation is supported by proceeds from three annual events, the Big Easy Entertainment Awards (est. 1988, the Tribute To The Classical Arts luncheon offering awards for classical music, opera and dance (est.1994). and Reds, Whites & The Blues, a wine, food & music event (est. 2002) in City Park in October, and from private donations.
THE BIG EASY ENTERTAINMENT AWARDS
The Big Easy Entertainment Awards is the only annual awards program in the metropolitan New Orleans area that recognizes accomplishments in both music and theatre. In recent years, the event is split into two separate galas: The Big Easy Theatre Awards and the Big Easy Music Awards. The evening awards gala format includes live entertainment (from selected nominees) along with national celebrities presenting more than fifty awards in music and theatre. High quality production standards have earned the event acclaim and loyalty from the entertainment community over the past twenty-four years. In 1992 Business Recognition Awards were inaugurated to applaud the efforts of businesses that use New Orleans' performing talent in their advertising and/or promotional campaigns. Businesses that have contributed greatly to the preservation and/or development of the performing arts in New Orleans are also recognized. The Big Easy Entertainment Awards 19th edition was postponed until 2007 because of the flood damage from levee failures following Hurricane Katrina. In 2007, for the first time, the Theatre and Music Awards were held separately and sponsored by Harrah's New Orleans Casino & Hotel.
THE TRIBUTE TO THE CLASSICAL ARTS
In 1994 a separate annual event, the Tribute To The Classical Arts luncheon was established to honor achievements in Classical Music, Opera and Dance. This mid-day event is held in February each year at the Hotel Monteleone. The awards luncheon honors performers and patrons of the classical performing arts with fourteen awards along with live performances by nominees, a luncheon buffet, and an open bar. Sponsored by Gambit, Anne and John Burr, The Hotel Monteleone, Hall Piano, Uptown Costume and Dancewear, and WWNO 89.9 fm radio (Gambit's media partner for the event).
REDS, WHITES & THE BLUES
Reds, Whites & The Blues is an exciting wine, food and music event that began in 2002. Held annually in mid October at City Park Pavilion of the Two Sisters, the event is presented by Select Brands, Inc., wine brokers and Gambit Weekly to benefit the Foundation. The wine tasting features more than 200 wines, a dozen great New Orleans restaurants and live entertainment. There is a popular raffle for a 200 bottle Instant Wine Collection. WWNO 89.9 fm is Gambit's media partner for this event.
FOUNDATION FOR ENTERTAINMENT, DEVELOPMENT AND EDUCATION
The Foundation is housed at Gambit, New Orleans free alternative weekly newspaper with a readership of 117,000 per week in the metropolitan area. Publisher Margo DuBos serves on the board of directors of the Foundation and is the founder and Executive Producer of the Big Easy Entertainment Awards, the Tribute to the Classical Arts and the Reds, Whites & The Blues, Wine, Food & Music Event.
Marie Lovejoy joined the foundation team as Administrative Director in 2009. She worked closely with Gloria Powers who served as the Executive Director from 1991 until she passed on February 7th, 2012. Since then, Marie has served as Executive Director. With a background in theatre and festival work, she also studied at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University and the Center for Digital Storytelling, based out of Berkeley, CA. Locally, she has acted in several plays, co-moderates an audio producers meeting called The Listening Lounge, and has participated in Moth-style Story Slams.
Broder joined the foundation team as Administrative Director in
February 2012. He is a New Orleans playwright whose work has been
seen on several stages in NYC as well as the Southern Rep stage and
in the New Orleans Fringe Festival. He performed in the Ole New
Orleans Lil Big Vaudeville Variety Show at One Eyed Jack's and has
a background in Special Events.
Laura Carroll, Director of Gambit Operations and Events, provides crucial assistance in the site management and coordination of foundation events.
Previous recipients of Foundation grants include:
All Kinds of Theatre
ArtSpot Productions for Young Women of McMain & Douglass
CAC for What Girls Know - Theatre with teens for V day 2008
The Center for Dance a N.O.R.D./New Orleans Ballet Association partnership project
Jo Cool Davis Gospel Singer Foundation
Creative Forces - Series of workshops in music and dance
Dog & Pony Theatre Co. - Theatre Arts in Recovery School District
Efforts of Grace/Ashe C.A.C. for Joe Cool Davis Gospel Workshops in Central City
The Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestra - Outreach Programs for lessons & instruments
Green Lantern Puppet Company - Seventh Ward Workshops at Community Bookstore
The Louisiana Living History Project - Professional Development
The Louisiana Philharmonic Scholarship Program
Mardi Gras Indian Hall of Fame Indigenous Arts Program
The Music Business Institute
New Orleans Ballet Association NORD/NOBA
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation
New Orleans Jazz Institute
The NOCCA Institute
Fred J. Palmisano Memorial Scholarship Fund - UNO Dept. of Drama & Communications
Southern Rep Theatre - Arts Education & Outreach, La Writer's Project
The Wicker School Indigenous Fine Arts Program