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Making Music Los Angeles Launch Concert

2:14 PM PDT on June 19, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                 MEDIA CONTACT:

LOS ANGELES TO JOIN 460 CITIES WORLDWIDE WITH 1ST 

DAY-LONG CITYWIDE CELEBRATION OF LIVE MUSIC ON THURSDAY, JUNE 21;

‘MAKE MUSIC LOS ANGELES’ TO LAUNCH WITH 

KICK-OFF CONCERT AT FEDERAL BUILDING IN WESTWOOD

(Los Angeles, CA) June 18, 2012 - Make Music Los Angeles (MMLA) is an annual day-long music festival featuring free outdoor music concerts in public places throughout the city.  Based on Paris, France’s Fête de la Musique, a national musical holiday inaugurated in 1982, the festival has become an international phenomenon celebrated on June 21st in 460 cities and 110 countries.

The inaugural MMLA will commence with an official Unity Choir kick-off concert, presented in conjunction with the World Music Commission and featuring Verizon’s ‘How Sweet the Sound’ winners, Voices of Destiny Choir, and Pastor Michael Fisher. The 40 singer ensemble will be conducted by George Novinger, MMLA board member and US Department of State Regional Director of Foreign Missions. Additional performers include The Los Angeles Trombone Collective and international vocalist Saya Novinger.  The concert will be hosted by Motown family scion, Karla Gordy Bristol, and take place at the Federal Building (outside Ronald Williams Memorial Conference Room), 11000 Wilshire Blvd, Westwoord, Los Angeles, CA 90024, from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.

In addition, more than 40 public venues – from downtown to Santa Monica, and San Fernando Valley to Leimert Park – will host concerts throughout the day, from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.  For more information, please visit  HYPERLINK "http://www.MakeMusicLA.org" www.MakeMusicLA.org to filter events by time slot, area of the city, and musical genre, and view performer details.  Notable events include 5th Dimension lead singer Florence LaRue’s “Jazz at the Library” in North Hollywood, Los Angeles Unified School District’s “Beyond the Bell” all-day downtown stage featuring students and local talent, “MMLA @ Central” featuring classical guitarist USC music school graduates “LeChic Duo”, Art Brookfield’s “Tap on the Plaza” featuring the Debbie Allen Dance Academny’s LA Tap Festival Dancers, and a mixed-genre all-day line-up of bands at Reed Park and the Annenberg Beach House in Santa Monica.

Dorsay Dujon, founder and executive director for MMLA comments, “Los Angeles, the entertainment capital of the world, is starting a new tradition of showcasing talent.  This talent may live next door, drive a bus, could possibly be a scientist, a soccer mom, or an administrative assistant; but, on this day, June 21, they can share their passion with the world.  They can become the star of their very own concert."

Iris Gordy, executive board member and former vice president for Motown Records, comments,“I am very pleased to join with my board colleagues for Make Music Los Angeles, to launch what will surely develop into one of our area's far-ranging, exciting and uniquely significant musical happenings.

Dorsay Dujon has done something that most only dream of doing -- she's fulfilled a dream of creating positive change via music.  In this digital age, with so many of us functioning in such an insular, isolated manner, it's great to witness a refreshing change in the way LA experiences live music.”

**Special media opportunity – MMLA founder and executive director, Dorsay Dujon, and key executive members of the board will deliver brief comments about the genesis of MMLA, highlights for the day, and future goals.  The board will also answer questions and be available for photo opportunities from 11:15 to 11:45 a.m. in Ronald Williams Memorial Conference Room.

For more information, contact Lisa Herbert at  HYPERLINK "mailto:lisa.herbert@gmail.com" lisa.herbert@gmail.com or (310) 463-1606.

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