Archive for July, 2014

The “30 Artistes, 30 Songs, 30 Days” Interview – Macy Kate

As part of  The Pixel Project’s 30 Artistes, 30 Songs, 30 Days” project in support of the Celebrity Male Role Model Pixel Reveal campaign, we talk to the artistes who have participated in the project about why they are using their music to speak out and to say NO to violence against women. 

Our eighteenth featured artiste is Macy Kate. She is part of the next generation of recording and YouTube artists making big moves within the music industry. You may have seen her on NBC’s Daytime or viewed one of her viral videos that have collectively garnered over 17 million views across multiple channels or caught one of the NFL’s biggest games of the season with Macy Kate singing the national anthem. She just inked a deal with Sony/ATV in a YouTube partnership, is on tour with the world’s largest pop booking agency, Paradigm and is working with some of the hottest writers in the world.

Macy Kate is the youngest recording artist to record with Sean Kingston and has opened for Rick Springfield, Aaron Carter, the OMG Girlz, Seven Nations, IM5 and has performed at Radio Disney’s Silver Bells in front of 20k plus people. Macy recently played shows in Atlanta, Los Angeles, Nashville, New York, Lansing, Buffalo, Little Rock and Orlando. She has played Rocket Town House of Blues, The Roxy, Webster Hall, The Sprint Arena, Raymond James Stadium, Busch Gardens, Ruth Eckerd Hall, St. Pete First Night, Silver Bells in the City, and many more. Macy Kate is managed by Chris Borchetta whose family is responsible for the successes of such artists as Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw, The Band Perry, Toby Keith, Florida Georgia Line and many more. Follow Macy on Twitter or check out her videos on YouTube.  

Macy contributed her song, “Go” to the “30 Artistes, 30 Songs, 30 Days” campaign in support of the Celebrity Male Role Model Pixel Reveal campaign that in benefit of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and The Pixel Project. Donate at just US$1 per pixel to reveal the mystery Celebrity Male Role Models and help raise US$1 million for the cause while raising awareness about the important role men and boys play in ending violence against women in their communities worldwide. Donations begin at just US$10 and you can donate here.

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Macy Kate

Tell us about yourself and why you decided to take part in The Pixel Projects 30 Artistes, 30 Songs, 30 Days project.

I believe it is important to help other women and young girls to reach their goals and dreams in a safe, loving environment. I wanted to inspire other girl my age to believe in themselves and the value that they bring to the world.

Why is ending violence against women important to you?

Any type of violence against women is unacceptable. I understand foreign countries allow this to happen frequently and feel fortunate that I live in the US where women have freedom to reach any goal and can become anything they want to be in society. I think that educating people that violence against women is a major problem and is an important issue, and if I can help promote that type of education through my platforms I would like to do that.

In your opinion how does music help in efforts to end violence against women?

I think you can get a message out with music and its lyrics. I try to write songs that anyone can relate to and can feel a personal connection with the song. I think if people can relate to a situation and know that they aren’t alone, they will feel some sort of relief.

What actions can music artistes take to help end violence against women?

I think musical artists can contribute to this by including the message in their lyrics. Having meaningful lyrics can help in anyway, especially when it’s a personal situation.

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The “Music For Pixels 2014″ charity digital album is available from 1 April 2014 – 1 April 2015 as a companion to the “30 Artistes, 30 Songs, 30 Days” campaign. The album features a selection of 12 positive and empowering songs from the campaign by artistes including  Adam Web, AHMIR, AJ Rafael, Bob Sima, Courtney Jenae, Debbie Reifer, Delaney Gibson, Ellis, Macy Kate, Mary Sholz, Pete Ahonen, and Troy Horne

The album is the perfect and affordable gift for music lovers and for celebrating special occasions such as birthdays and Mother’s Day. It is available for download worldwide via major online music retailers including iTunes and Amazon.com. 100% of the album proceeds will benefit The Pixel Project to help keep their anti-Violence Against Women campaigns, projects, and programmes running.

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The “30 Artistes, 30 Songs, 30 Days” Interview – Lisa Bell

As part of  The Pixel Project’s 30 Artistes, 30 Songs, 30 Days” project in support of the Celebrity Male Role Model Pixel Reveal campaign, we talk to the artistes who have participated in the project about why they are using their music to speak out and to say NO to violence against women. 

Our seventeenth featured artiste is Lisa Bell. Lisa believes that positive music can make the world a better place and she has been on a mission to inspire the listener to take heart and take action with music that is fun, fresh, upbeat and thought-provoking. For the past 12 years, Lisa has been writing and performing songs that make a difference through positive, empowering lyrics at venues across the countries and internationally. Follow Lisa on Facebook or check out her videos on YouTube.  

Lisa contributed her song, “I Can Be Anything” to the “30 Artistes, 30 Songs, 30 Days” campaign in support of the Celebrity Male Role Model Pixel Reveal campaign that in benefit of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and The Pixel Project. Donate at just US$1 per pixel to reveal the mystery Celebrity Male Role Models and help raise US$1 million for the cause while raising awareness about the important role men and boys play in ending violence against women in their communities worldwide. Donations begin at just US$10 and you can donate here.

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Lisa BellTell us about yourself and why you decided to take part in The Pixel Projects 30 Artistes, 30 Songs, 30 Days project.

I believe that positive music can make the world a better place and I have been on a mission to inspire the listener to take heart and take action with music that is fun, fresh, upbeat and thought-provoking. I have been writing and performing songs that make a difference through positive and empowering lyrics at venues across the country and internationally. I am a strong advocate for women’s rights and non-violence against women.

Why is ending violence against women important to you?

We are all equal in this world and no one should suffer at the hands of others.

In your opinion how does music help in efforts to end violence against women?

The Pixel Project highlights music that is about empowering women to take back control of their lives, and advocating equality and freedom for all.

What actions can music artistes take to help end violence against women?

Artists can continue to write music that celebrates the equality of all, spread those messages throughout the world and volunteer with organizations that advocate non-violence.

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The “Music For Pixels 2014″ charity digital album is available from 1 April 2014 – 1 April 2015 as a companion to the “30 Artistes, 30 Songs, 30 Days” campaign. The album features a selection of 12 positive and empowering songs from the campaign by artistes including  Adam Web, AHMIR, AJ Rafael, Bob Sima, Courtney Jenae, Debbie Reifer, Delaney Gibson, Ellis, Macy Kate, Mary Sholz, Pete Ahonen, and Troy Horne

The album is the perfect and affordable gift for music lovers and for celebrating special occasions such as birthdays and Mother’s Day. It is available for download worldwide via major online music retailers including iTunes and Amazon.com. 100% of the album proceeds will benefit The Pixel Project to help keep their anti-Violence Against Women campaigns, projects, and programmes running.

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CAMPAIGN ANNOUNCEMENT: THE PIXEL PROJECT LAUNCHES THE “100 FOR 100” DONOR PROGRAM

reveal-100-for100-slide_FINAL221 JULY 2014 (WORLDWIDE): In an effort to engage small-to-medium independent businesses in the fight to end violence against women, The Pixel Project (www.thepixelproject.net) has launched the “100 For 100” donor program (http://is.gd/100For100) in support of the Celebrity Male Role Model Pixel Reveal campaign (http://reveal.thepixelproject.net) which aims to raise US$1 million to support The Pixel Project and the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (www.ncadv.org).

The “100 For 100” donor program, which will run from 21 July – 31 August, 2014, is a simple and affordable way for small-to-medium independent businesses to support the fight against Violence Against Women (VAW) by making a single US$100 online donation to the Pixel Reveal campaign, which rallies the global audience to donate US$1 per pixel to unveil an online million-pixel mystery collage of world-exclusive celebrity male role model portraits. Each US$100 donation will reveal 100 pixels. As more pixels are revealed, the cover picture will fade out to uncover the portraits underneath it. When a celebrity male role model is fully revealed, an exclusive anti-VAW public service announcement from him will be launched to help trigger conversations about VAW, and inspire men and boys to take action to stop VAW. The distinguished line-up includes a Nobel Laureate, a two-time Pulitzer Prize Winner, and a world-renown environmentalist.

“When people think about companies who donate to causes, they usually think of major corporations making huge donations,” said Regina Yau, founder and president of The Pixel Project. “The 100 For 100 donor program was created because we believe that small-to-medium independent businesses can be powerful grassroots advocates for spreading the message about stopping VAW because they are frequently run by women or families, and play a vital role in the well-being of their local communities. We hope they will participate in “100 For 100” to help us and NCADV keep our anti-Violence Against Women campaigns and programs running while also sending an inspiring message to their communities that Violence Against Women must end.”

Participating businesses will enjoy a special “100 For 100 Donor Privilege Package” which doubles as tools for them to help spread the word about stopping VAW. This package includes: The “100 For 100″ donor logo gallery on the Pixel Reveal campaign website where visitors can click on each logo to be taken to the donor’s business website; A Pinterest “100 For 100″ logo gallery featuring “100 For 100″ donor logos; a special badge that “100 For 100” donors can embed on their website; a weekly blog announcement featuring the logo and bios of all “100 For 100″ donors for that week, which will be shared with The Pixel Project’s Facebook and Twitter supporters as well as NCADV’s Facebook page; a special “100 For 100″ testimonial page featuring participants’ supporting quotes together with their founder/CEO’s head shot; and a short 3-question written interview about why they support ending VAW, which will be published as part of the special “100 For 100” interview series starting in October 2014 (Domestic Violence Awareness Month). Through this package, “100 For 100” donors could reach a potential new audience comprising The Pixel Project’s active 35,000-strong online social media community as well as NCADV’s 65,000-strong Facebook page.

More information about how businesses can become “100 For 100” donors can be found by visiting: http://is.gd/100For100. “100 For 100” donations should be made directly via http://www.razoo.com/story/The-100-For-100-Campaign. Participating business will receive an e-receipt (tax-exempt for U.S.-based businesses) via email as well as a separate email with a unique link showing them the pixels they have helped to reveal.

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For further information about “100 For 100″:

For further information about the Celebrity Male Role Model Pixel Reveal campaign visit: http://reveal.thepixelproject.net

For further information, please contact:

Maria del Rio – Project Assistant, The Pixel Project:

About The Pixel Project (www.thepixelproject.net)

The Pixel Project is a complete virtual, volunteer-led global 501(c)3 nonprofit organisation whose mission is to raise awareness, funds and volunteer power for the cause to end violence against women using  a combination of social media, new technologies, and popular culture/the Arts. Their flagship initiative is the Celebrity Male Role Model Pixel Reveal campaign which aims to turbo-charge global awareness about VAW using social media while raising US$1 million by getting a global audience to collectively unveil a million-pixel mystery collage of Celebrity Male Role Models at US$1 per pixel. The US$1 million will be used by The Pixel Project and NCADV to strengthen efforts to end VAW. 

The “30 Artistes, 30 Songs, 30 Days” Interview – Laura Berman

As part of  The Pixel Project’s 30 Artistes, 30 Songs, 30 Days” project in support of the Celebrity Male Role Model Pixel Reveal campaign, we talk to the artistes who have participated in the project about why they are using their music to speak out and to say NO to violence against women. 

Our sixteenth featured artiste is Laura Berman. Originally hailing from the NYC music scene, Laura tours extensively nationwide and has reached acclaim for her soul-touching vocal power and accessible yet poetic songwriting style. Laura has been compared to the likes of Carole King, Sara Bareilles and the legendary Janis Joplin, and has performed alongside best-selling authors Neale Donald Walsch and Marianne Williamson as well as at the renowned Agape International Spiritual Center in Los Angeles. While in NYC, Laura was a session singer as well as a touring singer/songwriter, and was a featured vocalist in the children’s feature film release, “Clifford’s Really Big Movie” and accompanying Soundtrack. Now residing in Portland, Oregon, Laura has just released her 4th CD, “Everything in Between” and will be touring in 2014 in support of its release. Follow Laura on Facebook or Twitter.  

Laura contributed her song, “Voices” to the “30 Artistes, 30 Songs, 30 Days” campaign in support of the Celebrity Male Role Model Pixel Reveal campaign that in benefit of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and The Pixel Project. Donate at just US$1 per pixel to reveal the mystery Celebrity Male Role Models and help raise US$1 million for the cause while raising awareness about the important role men and boys play in ending violence against women in their communities worldwide. Donations begin at just US$10 and you can donate here.

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Laura Berman

Tell us about yourself and why you decided to take part in The Pixel Projects 30 Artistes, 30 Songs, 30 Days project.

I was so inspired by the work of The Pixel Project; not only does the organisation have the vision and passion for change, but they have the leadership and tools to educate and inspire in a big way. And I wanted to be part of changing the way people think in this big way.

Why is ending violence against women important to you?

I believe that violence is present so it may heal; when it’s healed in the hands of the perpetrator, it’s healed in the world and the cycle of violence is broken. When we can all agree that violence against women is violence against the heart of humanity, and since we are all part of that heart and it is an act against all, then we can agree that this violence is no longer tolerated.

In your opinion how does music help in efforts to end violence against women?

Music provides a level of inspiration that reaches inside a person – the vibration shifts us, the lyrics give our minds a new perspective to ponder, the notes move our hearts to new and different levels. Music compels us and when we’re compelled, we move to change our lives, and the lives of others. We’re moved to grow through the power of music…and through this, music helps in ending violence against women because it empowers from the deepest core.

What actions can music artistes take to help end violence against women?

As an artist, and a person, I know that my work starts with me. So I can look at how I’ve been affected by violence against women, and can move through the introspection and reflection, into creating music and song, which will then inspire others to take a stand as well.

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The “Music For Pixels 2014″ charity digital album is available from 1 April 2014 – 1 April 2015 as a companion to the “30 Artistes, 30 Songs, 30 Days” campaign. The album features a selection of 12 positive and empowering songs from the campaign by artistes including  Adam Web, AHMIR, AJ Rafael, Bob Sima, Courtney Jenae, Debbie Reifer, Delaney Gibson, Ellis, Macy Kate, Mary Sholz, Pete Ahonen, and Troy Horne

The album is the perfect and affordable gift for music lovers and for celebrating special occasions such as birthdays and Mother’s Day. It is available for download worldwide via major online music retailers including iTunes and Amazon.com. 100% of the album proceeds will benefit The Pixel Project to help keep their anti-Violence Against Women campaigns, projects, and programmes running.

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The “30 Artistes, 30 Songs, 30 Days” Interview – Kevin Mileski

As part of  The Pixel Project’s 30 Artistes, 30 Songs, 30 Days” project in support of the Celebrity Male Role Model Pixel Reveal campaign, we talk to the artistes who have participated in the project about why they are using their music to speak out and to say NO to violence against women. 

Our fifteenth featured artiste is Kevin Mileski. Kevin is a singer-songwriter currently residing near Chicago, Illinois. With five full-length albums, eight major compilations, and over a thousand live performances, he has made a name for himself throughout the US and Europe. Kevin has performed at some of the nation’s greatest acoustic venues and has licensed many of his compositions to major recording artists and television. He is currently working on his next album to be released late 2014. He is honoured to be a part of The Pixel Project’s Music For Pixels campaign and “30 Artistes, 30 Songs, 30 Days” project.

Kevin contributed his song, “Where’s Your Conviction” to the “30 Artistes, 30 Songs, 30 Days” campaign in support of the Celebrity Male Role Model Pixel Reveal campaign that in benefit of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and The Pixel Project. Donate at just US$1 per pixel to reveal the mystery Celebrity Male Role Models and help raise US$1 million for the cause while raising awareness about the important role men and boys play in ending violence against women in their communities worldwide. Donations begin at just US$10 and you can donate here.

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Kevin Mileski

Tell us about yourself and why you decided to take part in The Pixel Projects 30 Artistes, 30 Songs, 30 Days project.

I was approached with the 30/30/30 project and thought it to be wonderful. I’m rarely asked to be a part of something for which I believe in so whole-heartedly. This is one of those causes. I’ve seen enough violence to ALL and find myself specifically disturbed by the violence towards women and children.  This is something I could do that had the potential to actually help.

Why is ending violence against women important to you?

I wish it didn’t exist.  I wish it was never a thought for resolution of anything; but it does exist and there are people who believe this is how you “fix” a problem. When I was younger, my mom was dating a man who obviously hit her. Although she never admitted it, I knew this to be the case. It’s important to me to know that, if a woman as strong as my mom couldn’t admit it was happening, what is happening to other women who aren’t as strong? It’s scary. It starts a cycle of violence that never ends and I refuse to sit back and watch it happen.

In your opinion how does music help in efforts to end violence against women?

Music’s power is stronger than we know. It has the power to help people come together. It helps people relate.  Particularly in the case of an artist who has taken a risk in writing a tough topic, you’ll see the supporters of music come together. Music is poetry and as such, a wonderful outlet. Although the definition of music is different for individual people, the affect and effect are very much the same.

What actions can music artistes take to help end violence against women?

We have the power of the microphone.  We have the power of the ability to make people listen. We have the power to stop the sound, stop the singing, start the sound, start the singing.  We have the unique ability to make ourselves characters – characters who people can relate to. We are the sounding board and the relationship that can show people how ridiculous and unnecessary this violence is. We can take a picture of you and show you what you look like. You just hear it instead.

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The “Music For Pixels 2014″ charity digital album is available from 1 April 2014 – 1 April 2015 as a companion to the “30 Artistes, 30 Songs, 30 Days” campaign. The album features a selection of 12 positive and empowering songs from the campaign by artistes including  Adam Web, AHMIR, AJ Rafael, Bob Sima, Courtney Jenae, Debbie Reifer, Delaney Gibson, Ellis, Macy Kate, Mary Sholz, Pete Ahonen, and Troy Horne

The album is the perfect and affordable gift for music lovers and for celebrating special occasions such as birthdays and Mother’s Day. It is available for download worldwide via major online music retailers including iTunes and Amazon.com. 100% of the album proceeds will benefit The Pixel Project to help keep their anti-Violence Against Women campaigns, projects, and programmes running.

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The “30 Artistes, 30 Songs, 30 Days” Interview – Jana Stanfield

As part of  The Pixel Project’s 30 Artistes, 30 Songs, 30 Days” project in support of the Celebrity Male Role Model Pixel Reveal campaign, we talk to the artistes who have participated in the project about why they are using their music to speak out and to say NO to violence against women. 

Our fourteenth featured artiste is Jana Stanfield. You’ve heard Jana Stanfield’s music on 20/20, Entertainment Tonight, Oprah, the movie “8 Seconds”, and radio stations across the US. Her compositions are sung by Reba McEntire, Andy Williams and others, and Jana has shared stages with fellow performers ranging from Kenny Loggins to The Dixie Chicks. Known as “The Queen of Heavy Mental,” Jana describes her music as “psychotherapy you can dance to.” For the past 15 years, Jana has made her living as a Keynote speaker at conferences and corporate events. She is a charter member of the international Positive Music Association which promotes Positive music artists and Positive music as a distinct genre of music. To learn more about Jana, follow her on Facebook or check out her videos on YouTube.

Jana contributed her song, “Every Awesome Woman” to the “30 Artistes, 30 Songs, 30 Days” campaign in support of the Celebrity Male Role Model Pixel Reveal campaign that in benefit of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and The Pixel Project. Donate at just US$1 per pixel to reveal the mystery Celebrity Male Role Models and help raise US$1 million for the cause while raising awareness about the important role men and boys play in ending violence against women in their communities worldwide. Donations begin at just US$10 and you can donate here. ——————————————————————————————————————–

Jana Stanfield

Tell us about yourself and why you decided to take part in The Pixel Projects 30 Artistes, 30 Songs, 30 Days project.

As a singer-songwriter I’m grateful to have a way to speak to many people at once, through the music. If music is well-written, it can deliver a message that enlightens people in a compelling way without being preachy. That is always my goal.

Why is ending violence against women important to you?

Ending violence is important to me because I don’t believe than any human being should be intentionally harmed. I believe people should be respected and cared for, not injured until they submit to another person’s will.

In your opinion how does music help in efforts to end violence against women?

Music has the power to influence people’s opinions, the way that “a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down”. We know that phrase because it is in a song that many children learn. When we learn messages in song, the messages stick, and they last a long time, and it’s time that we use all the means we have to educate people that it’s time to end violence against women.

What actions can music artistes take to help end violence against women?

At one time, people thought it was okay to beat their children in front of others, as though that was normal. It is no longer normal, and the same goes for violence against women. It is not normal, and not tolerable before the eyes of others, or behind closed doors. As more and more of us speak up, and share messages in our songs that empower women, it will become more and more abnormal to find out that violence toward women is still happening. I look forward to that day.

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The “Music For Pixels 2014″ charity digital album is available from 1 April 2014 – 1 April 2015 as a companion to the “30 Artistes, 30 Songs, 30 Days” campaign. The album features a selection of 12 positive and empowering songs from the campaign by artistes including  Adam Web, AHMIR, AJ Rafael, Bob Sima, Courtney Jenae, Debbie Reifer, Delaney Gibson, Ellis, Macy Kate, Mary Sholz, Pete Ahonen, and Troy Horne

The album is the perfect and affordable gift for music lovers and for celebrating special occasions such as birthdays and Mother’s Day. It is available for download worldwide via major online music retailers including iTunes and Amazon.com. 100% of the album proceeds will benefit The Pixel Project to help keep their anti-Violence Against Women campaigns, projects, and programmes running.

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