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Chuck Close

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Citizen Cope

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Jesse Tyler Ferguson

Jesse Tyler Ferguson

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Frank Gehry

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Josh Groban

Josh Groban

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Herbie Hancock

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Elton John

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Rashida Jones

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Nigel Lythgoe

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Yo-Yo Ma

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Kerry James Marshall

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Irvin Mayfield

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Jason Mraz

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Sarah Jessica Parker

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Kal Penn

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Tim Robbins

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Doc Shaw

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Silk Road Ensemble

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Russell Simmons

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Chad Smith

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Trombone Shorty

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Kerry Washington

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Forest Whitaker

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Damian Woetzel

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Marc Anthony

Marc Anthony

Marc Anthony has sold over 12 million albums worldwide, making him one of the most influential artists of his time and a true ambassador of Latin music and culture. He has been awarded countless gold and platinum certifications from the Recording Industry Association of America. The list of GRAMMY® accolades began with a 1998 GRAMMY® for Best Latin/Tropical Performance for “Contra La Corriente,” followed with a 1999 GRAMMY® for Song of the Year for “Dimelo.” Driven in part by the crossover success of his smash single “I Need to Know (Dimelo),” “Marc Anthony,” his English language debut album, helped usher in 1999′s Latin pop explosion, and went on to achieve triple platinum status in the U.S. In 2005 Marc Anthony went home double fisted with a GRAMMY® for Best Latin Pop Album of the Year for “Amar Sin Mentiras” and another GRAMMY® for Best Tropical Album of the Year for “Valio la Pena.” He has won a total of 24 “Premio lo Nuestro” Awards throughout his career, the most won by any solo artist.

Marc has also established a highly credible acting résumé and may be seen in Martin Scorsese’s “Bringing Out the Dead” (1999); opposite Selma Hayak in the Showtime original film, “In the Time of the Butterflies” (2001); and appeared with Denzel Washington and Christopher Walken in director Tony Scott’s “Man On Fire” (2004). He also starred as the Puerto Rican salsa pioneer Héctor Lavoe, with Jennifer Lopez as Puchi, in the biopic, “El Cantante,” directed by Leon Ichaso. The Dolphins minority owner was recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute in Washington, D.C., in September 2009.

May 2010 marked the release of his new production titled “Iconos” (Icons), an all ballad Spanish album produced by Marc Anthony and Julio Reyes. “Iconos” was #1 on the Top Selling and Airplay lists of Billboard Magazine for six consecutive weeks upon its release and garnered him Platinum status. In the summer of 2011, Marc returned to the TNT series “HawThorne” with Jada Pinkett-Smith, toured U.S. and launched his new luxury line for Kohl’s.

Last year, he announced the creation of his Foundation Maestro Cares with business partner Henry Cárdenas. The non-for-profit corporation launched in January 2012 to improve the housing, academic and health challenges that orphaned children face each day in developing Latin American countries. On April 2, 2014, the first orphanage opened in La Romana.

GIGANT3S, his US and Latin American tour topped this year’s Billboard’s Hot Tours Charts. In April 2013, his brand new single “Vivir Mi Vida,” produced by Marc and Sergio George, occupied the #1 position on iTunes, Billboard charts and radio on a national level just hours after its release. It continued to occupy that position for 18 consecutive weeks, making history as the longest running salsa single of all time. His new album project, titled “Marc Anthony 3.0,” was released July 23, 2013, and “Vivir Mi Vida” received a Latin GRAMMY® in the “Recording of the Year” category the end of 2013. That same album most recently got the interpreter an American Music Award, a GRAMMY® Award and 10 Billboard Latin Music Awards. His world tour “Vivir Mi Vida” was extended to May 2014 by popular demand and was included in PollStar’s top selling tours of 2013.

Elizabeth Banks

Elizabeth Banks

Actress, producer and director Elizabeth Banks has become one of Hollywood’s most sought after and versatile actresses, easily navigating between stage and screen, comedy and drama. She is widely known for her role as ‘Effie Trinket’ in the international hit film series “The Hunger Games.” In addition to acting, she is set to make her feature directorial debut with “Pitch Perfect 2,” the sequel to “Pitch Perfect,” about a women’s college acapella group where she will reprise her role as commentator ‘Gail.’ She is also producing the film along with her husband, Max Handelman, through their company, Brownstone Productions.

She was recently seen in “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” the highly-anticipated sequel to “The Hunger Games” in which she reprised her role as Effie Trinket. The film became the highest-grossing film released at the domestic box office in 2013 and the biggest November opening weekend in history. The first installment, “The Hunger Games,” also broke records as the third-best debut in North American box office history. She is currently in production on the third film from the series, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay.”

Ms. Banks has wrapped production on the independent film, “Love & Mercy” directed by Bill Pohlad, which will take an unconventional look at the life of the celebrated leader of The Beach Boys, Brian Wilson, and his legendary battle with mental illness. She also wrapped production on “Every Secret Thing,” directed by Amy Berg and based on the best-selling novel by Laura Lippman. The story follows a detective who looks to unravel a mystery surrounding missing children and the two young women who are prime suspects.

In 2008, Banks received critical acclaim for her role as ‘First Lady Laura Bush’ opposite Josh Brolin in Oliver Stone’s “W”. Banks’ additional feature credits include her breakthrough roles in the Academy Award winning films “Seabiscuit,” in which she starred as ‘Marcela Howard’ opposite Jeff Bridges and Tobey Maguire, and in Steve Spielberg’s “Catch Me If You Can.”

On the small screen, Banks earned Emmy Award nominations in 2011 and 2012 for ‘Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series’ for her performance as ‘Avery Jessup’ on “30 Rock.” She has also appeared on ABC’s “Modern Family” and in a recurring role as ‘Dr. Kim Porter’ on NBC’s “Scrubs.”

Upcoming projects from Brownstone Productions include “Tink,” a Disney live-action romantic comedy in which Banks will star as ‘Tinkerbell.’ She has also produced Disney’s 2009 sci-fi thriller “The Surrogates,” which starred Bruce Willis.

Her extensive theater credits include many roles in American Conservatory Theatre productions, as well as the Guthrie Theater’s production of “Summer & Smoke” directed by David Esbjornson. In 2006, Banks played Cherie, the female lead in William Inge’s comedy “Bus Stop,” as part of the Williamstown Theater Festival.

Originally from Massachusetts, Banks received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Pennsylvania and her Graduate Degree at the American Conservatory Theater. She currently resides in Los Angeles.

Chuck Close

Chuck Close

Mr. Close is a visual artist noted for his highly inventive painting techniques as well as an accomplished printmaker and photographer. His work has been the subject of more than 200 solo exhibitions in more than 20 countries, including major retrospective exhibitions at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and most recently at The State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia. In 2000, Mr. Close was presented with the prestigious National Medal of Arts by President Clinton. Mr. Close is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and has served on the boards of many arts organizations, including the highly respected Studio in A School arts education non-profit in New York City.

Citizen Cope

Citizen Cope

Rawness improbably balanced by a mixture of danger and delicacy,” says one Rolling Stone writer “is what gives Citizen Cope his edge. As a singer, songwriter and producer, he stands alone—an artist immune to corruption.”

Born Clarence Greenwood, his life journey is as singular as his art. He is the radically mashed-up product of Greenville, Mississippi; Memphis, Tennessee; Vernon, Texas; Austin, Texas; Washington, D.C.; and Brooklyn, New York. These locations are felt everywhere in his stories. His sounds are southern rural, big sky lonely, concrete urban, and painfully romantic.

Cope’s musical education was catch-as-catch can. Folk tales—whether through William Faulkner or Big Bill Broonzy—shaped his sensitivity. During the eighties he took sound classes and found himself fooling with a primitive four-track setup. Turntables intrigued him. He heard hip hop as inspired invention. For years, he got lost in his self-designed lab, cooking up beats and motifs that only later would be shaped into songs.

Vocalist Michel Ivey recruited him as a mad scientist who feverishly created samples for the artsy-edgy group, Basehead. As the group hit the road, Cope stayed in the background, moving dials and pushing buttons. As a serious artist with no interest in rock star glory, Cope figured he would eventually find the right voice to sing his songs. While playing in local venues, the writer/producer found the right voice within himself.

Citizen Cope introduces us to a world of musical worry that doesn’t come fully into focus until his second album, The Clarence Greenwood Recordings, which this year will celebrate its 10 year anniversary. That album, with his following two records, form a masterful trilogy. His song, “Sideways,” caught the attention of Carlos Santana who covered it and asked Cope to perform with him during a European tour.

Art requires defense. Without art, we can’t cope. But Cope’s art isn’t the high art of elitism; it’s the low art of funk. It’s the art that paints a penitentiary on fire; the art that gets you through hurricane waters, yet puts you between the bullet and the target. The voice of the singer—as messy as it is precise, as eloquent as it is enigmatic—is wholly hypnotic.

From the get-go, he has taken his case to the people. He has toured tirelessly. He has brought his stories—with a band or simply with his guitar—to whatever venue would have him. His motivation to make music directly in front of people, no matter the size of the crowd, has won him a vast audience in America and abroad. As a troubadour, he has prospered, relentlessly criss-crossing the land, his songs in his back pocket. Citizen Cope is a self-realized musical/poetic/production entity. In that sense, his Americanism is profound. His accountability is to his own heart, his own values and his own vision.

Jesse Tyler Ferguson

Jesse Tyler Ferguson

Jesse Tyler Ferguson currently stars as “Mitchell Pritchett” on the Emmy Award-winning ABC comedy MODERN FAMILY. In its first four seasons, the show has earned four Emmy Awards for Outstanding Comedy Series, a Golden Globe Award for Outstanding Comedy Series and four Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series. Ferguson has also received four Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.

No stranger to television, Ferguson received rave reviews and was honored by The Hollywood Reporter in 2006 as one of Ten to Watch for his role on the CBS ensemble sitcom THE CLASS. His additional television credits include DO NOT DISTURB and UGLY BETTY. Film credits include UNTRACEABLE and WONDERFUL WORLD.

Ferguson made his Broadway debut at the age of 21 as “Chip” in George C. Wolfe’s revival of ON THE TOWN. He later went on to originate the role of “Leaf Coneybear” in the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE (“Outstanding Ensemble Performance” winner, Drama Desk Awards, 2005; “Distinguished Performance” nominee, Drama League Awards, 2005). He has worked extensively with The New York Public Theatre’s Shakespeare in the Park in such notable productions as THE COMEDY OF ERRORS, THE MERCHANT OF VENICE, THE WINTER’S TALE and A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM (“Distinguished Performance” nominee, Drama League Awards, 2008). Other theatre credits include world premieres of Christopher Shinn’s WHERE DO WE LIVE and Michael John LaChiusa’s LITTLE FISH, as well as “Leo Bloom” in THE PRODUCERS at The Hollywood Bowl.

Most recently, Ferguson co-founded the nonprofit organization, Tie The Knot. The charitable cause features bowties designed by Ferguson, with sales going towards various organizations that are fighting for marriage equality. More information can be found at www.tietheknot.org. Ferguson currently resides in Los Angeles.

Frank Gehry

Frank Gehry

Raised in Toronto, Canada, Frank Gehry moved with his family to Los Angeles in 1947. Mr. Gehry received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Southern California in 1954, and he studied City Planning at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. In subsequent years, Mr. Gehry has built an architectural career that has spanned over five decades and produced public and private buildings in America, Europe and Asia. His work has earned Mr. Gehry several of the most significant awards in the architectural field, including the Pritzker Prize.

A few of Mr. Gehry’s notable projects include Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain; Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, California; Eight Spruce Street Residential Tower located in New York City; and Opus Hong Kong Residential. Current projects include Guggenheim Abu Dhabi; Foundation Louis Vuitton Museum in Paris, France; Dr. Chau Chak Wing Building for the University of Technology, in Sydney, Australia; and West Campus for Facebook in Menlo Park, California

Josh Groban

Josh Groban

Possessing one of the most outstanding and instantly recognizable voices in music, singer, songwriter and actor Josh Groban has entertained fans across the globe with his multi-platinum albums and DVDs—with worldwide sales of 25 million, electrifying live performances and comedic film and television appearances. The 32-year-old Los Angeles native is the only artist who has had two albums appear on the Top 20 Best-Selling Albums list of the past decade, according to Billboard. He has appeared in the feature film Crazy, Stupid, Love, as well as on NBC’s The Office and CBS’ The Crazy Ones, and in 2011 completed a sold-out world tour. In February of last year, Josh released his 6th studio album entitled ‘All That Echoes’ which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 chart. In October of 2013, Groban kicked off the North American leg of his “In The Round” tour, which brings the intimate feel of a theater to an arena setting with its one-of-a-kind, 360-degree, interactive concert experience. The tour is Groban’s best-reviewed one to date. An active arts education philanthropist and advocate, Groban is a member of Americans for the Arts Artists Committee, and Groban’s Find Your Light Foundation helps enrich the lives of young people through arts, education and cultural awareness.

Herbie Hancock

Herbie Hancock

Herbie Hancock is a true icon of modern music. Throughout his explorations, he has transcended limitations and genres while maintaining his unmistakable voice. With an illustrious career spanning five decades, he continues to amaze audiences across the globe.

There are few artists in the music industry who have had more influence on acoustic and electronic jazz and R&B than Herbie Hancock. As the immortal Miles Davis said in his autobiography, “Herbie was the step after Bud Powell and Thelonious Monk, and I haven’t heard anybody yet who has come after him.”

Born in Chicago in 1940, Herbie was a child piano prodigy who performed a Mozart piano concerto with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at age 11. He began playing jazz in high school and double-majored in music and electrical engineering at Grinnell College. Herbie’s storied career has won an Academy Award, 14 GRAMMY® Awards, including Album of the Year for River: The Joni Letters and dozens of other accolades. He has released 53 records since 1962 and performed with artists as diverse as Snoop Dogg and Miles Davis.

Now in the fifth decade of his professional life, Herbie Hancock remains where he has always been: in the forefront of world culture, technology, business and music. Though one can’t track exactly where he will go next, he is sure to leave his inimitable imprint wherever he lands.

Elton John

Elton John

Sir Elton Hercules John, CBE, is one of the most highly acclaimed and successful solo artists of all time. He has achieved 35 gold and 25 platinum albums, has sold more than 250 million records worldwide, and holds the record for the biggest selling single of all time. Over the five decades since his career began in 1969, Elton has played more than 3,500 concerts worldwide. Elton is the third most successful artist in the history of the American charts, behind only Elvis Presley and the Beatles. He has had 56 top 40 singles in the United States, a total second only to Elvis Presley. He achieved seven #1 albums in the three-and-a-half-year period from 1972 to 1975 — a period of concentrated success surpassed only by the Beatles.

Elton was born on March 25, 1947, in Pinner, Middlesex, England, and given the name Reginald Kenneth Dwight. At the age of three he astonished his family by sitting at the piano and playing The Skater’s Waltz by ear. At the age of 11 he was awarded a scholarship as a Junior Exhibitor at the Royal Academy of Music.

In 1992 in the US, and in 1993 in the UK, Elton established the Elton John AIDS Foundation, his pioneering charity dedicated to breakthrough work on behalf of those around the world suffering from HIV and related illnesses. Together, the two organizations have raised more than $275 million in support of worthy projects in 55 countries around the world.

Rashida Jones

Rashida Jones

With her versatility in both comedic and dramatic roles and her growing presence in Hollywood as a screenwriter and producer, Rashida Jones has established herself as one of the industry’s brightest stars.

Rashida was born in Los Angeles, daughter to Quincy Jones, a musician, and mother Peggy Lipton, an actress. She attended high school in California, then went on to graduate college from Harvard University, where she appeared in several plays including: For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf, Dancing at Lughnasa, The Odd Couple: The Female Version, and H.M.S. Pinafore. She was also in Pitching to the Star with Peggy Lipton at the Lee Strasberg Theatre.

Along with her writing partner, fellow actor Will McCormack, Jones signed their first TV pod deal in early 2013 through their newly founded production company Le Train Train. This two-year pact with Warner Bros. Television will see the two develop, write and produce comedy and drama projects for broadcast and cable. Jones and McCormack sold six shows this season.

On television, Rashida can currently be seen on NBC’s “Parks and Recreation.” The show is currently in its sixth season and was nominated for this year’s Golden Globe for “Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy,” won the TCA Award for “Outstanding Achievement in Comedy” in 2013 (nominated for the same award in 2012 and 2010), received a nomination for the 2011 Emmy Award for “Best Series, Comedy,” was listed as one of AFI’s top programs in 2011 and won a 2012 Peabody Award.

“Celeste and Jesse Forever,” which Rashida co-penned with McCormack premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. The film premiered to rave reviews and garnered Rashida and Will a nomination for an Independent Spirit Award for “Best First Screenplay.”

Previous film credits include Disney’s hit “The Muppets;” “The Big Year;” she stole scenes in Jesse Peretz’s “Our Idiot Brother;” starred in Adam Shapiro’s relationship drama “Monogamy” (Tribeca Film Festival – Best New York Narrative Award); had a cameo in “Friends with Benefits;” Columbia Pictures’ critically acclaimed and award winning film “The Social Network;” the DreamWorks feature “I Love You, Man” and “Little Black Book.” Additional television credits include NBC’s Emmy Award winning comedy “The Office,” David E. Kelley’s “Boston Public,” Jorge Zamacoma’s “Wanted” for TNT, “Unhitched,” a half-hour comedy for Fox from the Farrelly brothers, as well as Judd Apatow’s “Freaks and Geeks,” “If These Walls Could Talk II,” “The Chappelle Show,” and the British television series “NY-LON.” Jones was also a weekly correspondent on the talk show “Vibe TV.”

As an advocate for the International Rescue Committee, Rashida raises awareness about the humanitarian needs of refugees and others uprooted by global crises. Additionally, she is on the board of Peace First, an organization dedicated to non-violence through cooperation, communication and problem-solving education.

Nigel Lythgoe

Nigel Lythgoe

Nigel Lythgoe was born in St. Helen’s, Lancashire, England. He and his family moved to Liverpool, where he began tap dancing at 11 years of age. He became the only person to dance in, choreograph, direct and produce the Royal Variety Performance for Her Majesty the Queen of England. He has worked with stars such as Gene Kelly, Bing Crosby, Cyd Charisse, Chita Rivera, Shirley Bassey and, most prestigiously, the Muppets.

Lythgoe has been a pioneer in reality television and a driving force in the world of performing arts as the co-creator, executive producer and judge on So You Think You Can Dance, which has won 11 Emmy Awards, and the executive producer of the TV juggernaut American Idol, which has been nominated for nearly 70 Emmy Awards. Lythgoe produced the charity spin-off “Idol Gives Back,” which raised more than $170 million. In 2007, it received the prestigious Governors Award, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ highest honor. Additionally, Lythgoe was recently awarded the International Emmy Founders Award, presented to him in New York by Lady Gaga, recognizing him for his indelible imprint on the TV industry and a body of work that crosses cultural boundaries and speaks to our common humanity. In 2009, the U.K.’s University of Bedfordshire awarded Dr. Lythgoe with an honorary Doctor of Arts for his outstanding contribution to the performing arts in television. Also In 2009, Lythgoe helped to establish the Dizzy Feet Foundation, a nonprofit organization that works to support, improve and increase access to dance education in the United States. In 2010, Lythgoe created National Dance Day. Recognized by a Congressional resolution, National Dance Day falls on the last Saturday in July and promotes dance as part of a healthy, active lifestyle. On 10th May 2014 Nigel was awarded the Ellis Island International Medal of Honor.

Lythgoe resides in Los Angeles.

Yo-Yo Ma

Yo-Yo Ma

Mr. Ma, a cellist and 2010 Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient, has recorded more than 75 albums, won 16 Grammy Awards, and serves as the Artistic Director of the Silk Road Project, an organization he founded to promote the study of cultural, artistic, and intellectual traditions along the ancient Silk Road trade routes. With the Silk Road Project, he also helped create Silk Road Connect, a multidisciplinary educational initiative working with underserved middle schools to inspire passion-driven learning through the arts. Mr. Ma also serves as the Judson and Joyce Green Creative Consultant to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Institute for Learning, Access, and Training and has received numerous awards, including the 2001 National Medal of Arts, the 2006 Sonning Prize, and the 2008 World Economic Forum’s Crystal Award. In addition, Mr. Ma was a 2011 Kennedy Center Honoree.

Kerry James Marshall

Kerry James Marshall

Kerry James Marshall is an independent artist with solo and group exhibitions, public projects, and public collections displayed in museums around the United States, including the National Gallery of Art. He works across a broad range of media, including painting, photography, video, sculpture, performance, and installations. He was a tenured professor at the School of Art and Design at the University of Illinois at Chicago until 2006. Mr. Marshall worked as production designer for the feature films Daughters of the Dust and Sankofa. In 1997, he received a MacArthur Fellowship from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. He is a board member of the advisory board of the Atlantic Center for the Arts and the Tiffany Foundation, and previously served on the advisory board of the Artadia Foundation. Mr. Marshall received a B.F.A. from the Otis Arts Institute.

Irvin Mayfield

Irvin Mayfield

Irvin Mayfield, 36, is a Grammy and Billboard Award-winning artist with 15 albums to his credit. Mayfield is the founding Artistic Director of the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra and currently serves as Artistic Director of Jazz at the Minnesota Orchestra. He is a professor at the University of New Orleans, where he also serves as Director of the New Orleans Jazz Institute.

In 2009, Mayfield entered into a historic partnership with the Royal Sonesta Hotel and created Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse, which brought “Jazz back to Bourbon Street” in the historic French Quarter. Mayfield was nominated to the National Council on the Arts by President George W. Bush and was subsequently appointed to the post by President Barack Obama in 2010. In 2010, Mayfield also received The Chancellor’s Award from the University of New Orleans—the highest ranking award given to a professor—and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Dillard University in 2011.

A passionate advocate for New Orleans and for the arts, Mayfield is Chairman of the Board for the Soledad O’Brien & Brad Raymond Foundation, as well as the New Orleans African American Museum of Art, Culture and History. He is also Chairman Emeritus of the New Orleans Public Library and serves on the boards of Citizens United for Economic Equity, Louisiana State University’s Department of Psychiatry and Health Science, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation, the New Orleans Police and Justice Foundation, Tulane University’s School of Architecture, Unity of Greater New Orleans, the Urban Libraries Council and the Youth Rescue Initiative.

Currently Mayfield is guiding the development of NOJO’s the New Orleans Jazz Market, a concert venue and Jazz community center in Central City New Orleans that will open in March of 2015.

Jason Mraz

Jason Mraz

Jason Mraz has quietly amassed a youthful, diverse and vibrant fan-base throughout all parts of the globe. His critically acclaimed live performances have propelled him from the San Diego coffee house circuit to amphitheaters, arenas, festivals and stadiums all over the world. Among many other international accolades, Mraz has won two major GRAMMY® Awards and garnered six nominations, a People’s Choice award, the Hal David Songwriter Hall Of Fame Award and a few Teen Choice Awards to name a few. Jason Mraz is indisputably among the most gifted and beloved artists of the modern era—recently making pop history with his record-breaking classic single, “I’m Yours,” while also earning platinum and multi-platinum certifications in more than 20 countries for his various releases.

Moreover, the San Diego-based troubadour has proven a truly diverse creative presence. A dedicated surfer, farmer-gardener, filmmaker and photographer, Mraz is first and foremost a committed global citizen. His impassioned social activism and philanthropic efforts span wide-ranging environmental advocacy and ardent support for LGBT equality. He’s participated in global activism such as a rescue mission to Ghana with Free The Slaves and an internationally broadcast performance in Myanmar, with MTV Exit, to bring awareness to human trafficking. Through it all, Jason Mraz continually confirms and celebrates music’s myriad forms and miraculous power, inspiring and delighting his countless fans around the world he calls home.

Sarah Jessica Parker

Sarah Jessica Parker

Ms. Parker is an award-winning actress and producer, having won four Golden Globe Awards, two Emmy Awards, and three Screen Actors Guild Awards. She is committed to public service and currently serves on the board of the New York City Ballet. Ms. Parker is also a UNICEF Representative for the Performing Arts and a Goodwill Ambassador for the United States.

Kal Penn

Kal Penn

Kalpen Suresh Modi is an actor, writer, and producer. From 2009 to 2011, he was an Associate Director of the Office of Public Engagement at the White House, serving as liaison to Young Americans, the Arts, and Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. Before joining the White House, Mr. Modi worked as an artist and actor in Los Angeles and New York, and was also an Adjunct Lecturer in Asian American Studies, Film Studies, and Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania. He served as a member of the Obama for America National Arts Policy Committee in 2008 and as a National Campaign Co-Chair in 2012. Mr. Modi received a B.A. from University of California, Los Angeles.

Tim Robbins

Tim Robbins

Tim Robbins is a multifaceted actor, writer, director and producer whose films include “Dead Man Walking,” “Shawshank Redemption” and “Mystic River,” for which he won the Academy Award®.

Coming up, Robbins is set to star in “Life of Crime,” based on the late Elmore Leonard’s 1978 novel, The Switch. Directed by Daniel Schechter, the film also stars Jennifer Aniston, John Hawkes and Isla Fisher. “Life of Crime” debuted at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival and will be released by Roadside Attractions in August 2014. Robbins will soon begin production on the HBO series “The Brink” starring alongside Jack Black. The comedy centers on a geopolitical crisis and its effect on three disparate and desperate men. Robbins will also be seen starring opposite Benecio del Toro and Olga Kurylenko in a conflict-zone drama, called “A Perfect Day.”

Robbins has been a consistent and influential voice in the theater for the past 30+ years as an actor, director, playwright and Artistic Director of the Actors’ Gang—a theatre group that offers a supportive environment for a diverse ensemble of artists to present new, unconventional and uncompromising plays and dynamic reinterpretations of the classics. Founded in 1981, The Actor’s Gang has produced over 100 plays in Los Angeles, in forty U.S. states and on five continents with ensembles that have included accomplished actors such as Jack Black, John Cusack, John C. Reilly, Helen Hunt, Kate Walsh, Fisher Stevens, Jeremy Piven and Jon Favreau, among many others. Robbins and several other Actors Gang members regularly conduct theater workshops with incarcerated men in an effort to fill the gap in arts rehabilitation programs in the California prison system.

Doc Shaw

Doc Shaw

Larramie “Doc” Shaw is professional actor and has been acting for 10 years. He has performed starring roles in two of Disney Channel’s Sitcoms, as Marcus Little in “The Suite Life on Deck” on Disney and King Boomer in “Pair of Kings” on Disney XD’s Comedy Show. His starring role as Malik Payne in Tyler Perry’s #1 Hit family comedy show “House of Payne” won him a Young Artist Award in 2009 for best supporting performance in a TV series. He was also a presenter at the 39th NAACP Image Awards ceremony. In 2009, he received the NAACP Image Award nomination and the 2009 NAMIC Vision Award for Best Performance in a comedy. On August 24, 2012, he starred in Warner Bros. Entertainment’s Premiere presentation of NBA superstar Kevin Durant’s movie “THUNDERSTRUCK.” In 2013, Doc had the opportunity to be the guest speaker at the Disney Dreamers Academy Graduation. Also in 2013, he was the guest speaker at several schools and co-instructor for the Young Artists Workshop in Dubai.
Doc Shaw is the Co-Founder and President of his nonprofit foundation (Tammie & Doc Shaw Fresh Dreams Foundation), through which he promotes health and physical education, as well as academics for youth in underserved communities. Doc also provides educational and charitable support for single parent households and collaborates with other charitable organizations whose mission and purpose are in line with his foundation.
Doc Shaw was born Larramie Shaw to Larry and Tammie Shaw on the 24th of April 1992 in Atlanta, Georgia, an only child. At an early age Doc’s grandparents noticed a special gift in him and nick-named him “Doc.” Both of them were educators and often spoke that great things were going to come upon his life. Doc’s dad then sparked a modeling career for him, because both he and Doc liked to dress well and be groomed. Doc moved through the modeling industry fast, and began appearing in print ads for Parisian, Upton’s, Rich’s, Service Merchandise, Atlanta Magazine, and Robinson May.
A tragic car accident in 1994 would take his father’s life, but would leave Doc to survive the accident. Years later at the tender age of six, Doc sat down with his mother and said, “Mom I was left here for a reason, the words was spoken on my life and I have unfinished work to do. I want to continue my career so please find me an agent.” Never one to miss a beat, his mother found an agent, became his manager and the rest is history.

Silk Road Ensemble

Silk Road Ensemble

About the Silk Road Ensemble

The Silk Road Ensemble gathers passionate and distinguished performers and composers from more than 20 countries. With an experimental and democratic approach to creating new music, the collaborative cross-cultural group has been called “vibrant and virtuosic” by the Wall Street Journal, “one of the 21st century’s great ensembles” by the Vancouver Sun, and a “roving musical laboratory without walls” by the Boston Globe. The Silk Road Ensemble has performed to critical acclaim throughout Asia, Europe and North America and has recorded five albums. The group’s most recent CD, A Playlist Without Borders, and DVD, Live From Tanglewood, were released in September 2013. For more information on the Silk Road Ensemble, please visit silkroadproject.org/ensemble.

About the Silk Road Project

The Silk Road Project was founded in 1998 by cellist Yo-Yo Ma as a way of bringing together innovative performers and composers representing artistic traditions from around the world. Though performances and the creation of new music, cultural partnerships, education programs, and cross-disciplinary collaborations, the Silk Road Project seeks to create meaningful change at the intersection of the arts, education and business. For more information on the Silk Road Project, please visit silkroadproject.org.

Russell Simmons

Russell Simmons

Forbes Magazine recently named Russell Simmons one of “Hollywood’s Most Influential Celebrities.” USA Today named Russell Simmons one of the “Top 25 Most Influential People of the Past 25 Years,” calling him a “hip-hop pioneer” for his groundbreaking vision that has influenced music, fashion, finance, the jewelry industry, television and film, as well as the face of modern philanthropy.

From creating his seminal Def Jam Recordings in 1984, to his fashion industry changing brands including Phat Farm in 1992, Baby Phat in 2001 and current men’s lifestyle brand Argyleculture, to the founding of UniRush in 2003 providing instant access to a set of basic financial services for over 48 million Americans who could not previously establish traditional banking relationships, to the 2007 publishing of his New York Times best-seller Do You! 12 Laws to Access the Power in You to Achieve Happiness and Success, to founding GlobalGrind.com, the leading online destination for celebrity entertainment, music, culture and politics for the new, post-racial America and his latest New York Times bestseller SUPER RICH: A Guide To Having It All, Russell is recognized globally for his influence and entrepreneurial approach to both business and philanthropy.

With many decades of successes behind him, Russell recently announced the launch of three new ventures—his original-content YouTube channel, All Def Digital—a destination for cutting-edge urban music, comedy and spoken word programming, All Def Music—a next generation music label in partnership with Universal Music Group, created to sign, develop and promote artists on YouTube, and the recently formed NARRATIVE—a marketing, entertainment and technology agency focused on developing cross-platform, story-led experiences and solutions for brands. Employing a blend of strategy, creative innovation, product development & cultural expertise across key platforms.

Giving back is of primary importance to him in all aspects of life, and, as Chairman and CEO of Rush Communications, he has consistently leveraged his influence in the recording industry, fashion, television, financial services and jewelry sectors to give back. A devoted yogi, Russell also leads the non-profit division of his empire, Rush Community Affairs, and its ongoing commitment to empowering at-risk youth through education, the arts, social engagement and promoting racial harmony and strengthening inter-group relations. In 1995, Simmons and his brothers (painter Danny Simmons and Joseph “Rev. Run” Simmons) co-founded Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation, a nonprofit that provides arts education programs to inner-city students by putting galleries—and teaching artists—in public schools and offers exhibition opportunities to emerging and mid-career artists through its two galleries: Corridor Gallery in Brooklyn and Rush Arts Gallery in Chelsea, Manhattan.
Russell is a native New Yorker who attended City College of New York. His latest book, Success Through Stillness: Meditation Made Simple (Gotham Books) was recently named a New York Times best-seller.
Russell has two daughters, Ming Lee and Aoki Lee.

Chad Smith

Chad Smith

Chad Smith began playing drums at the age of 7. As a member of pioneering, award-winning superstars Red Hot Chili Peppers—which he joined in 1988–is widely regarded as one of music’s most accomplished drummers and articulate musicians. With the Chili Peppers, Mr. Smith was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012. He received six Grammy Awards, while two of the band’s albums—Californication (which has sold more than 15 million albums worldwide) and Blood Sugar Sex Magik—are among Rolling Stone’s 10 Greatest Albums of All Time. Additionally, Spin Magazine voted the nuanced but hard-hitting Smith at #10 on their list of the 100 Greatest Drummers of Alternative Music.

Musically prolific—he’s recorded seven studio albums with the Chili Peppers and appears on a total of 22 releases with the band, including 23 top-ten singles—Mr. Smith has drummed for such diverse artists as Johnny Cash, the Avett Brothers, the Dixie Chicks, Kid Rock, John Fogerty, George Clinton, Jake Bugg and dozens more. He has performed on dozens of international tours over the last 25 years and is a founding member of the supergroup Chickenfoot with former Van Halen singer Sammy Hagar.

Mr. Smith, born in Minnesota and raised in Michigan, credits his public school education for the opportunity to excel at his chosen instrument. He’s an active supporter of a number of non-profit organizations, including Surfer’s Healing, MusiCares, SeriousFun Children’s Network, Little Kids Rock, Silverlake Conservatory of Music and Bystander Revolution, a group that speaks out against bullying in schools. In 2013, NAMM (National Association Music Merchants) tapped Mr. Smith as advocate for arts in public schools. In Washington, D.C., he spoke to senators and congress people about his passion for music education, noting “it’s proven that graduation rates and attendance are higher when there are music programs. If we don’t have them, there are people like myself who won’t be exposed to the music and arts. The next Bruce Springsteen or Bob Dylan—these important American artists—the next generation might not come up without arts in the schools. I’m living proof of it.”

Trombone Shorty

Trombone Shorty

New Orleans native Troy Andrews, better known as Trombone Shorty, began his career as a bandleader at the tender age of six, and toured internationally for the first time at age 12 before joining Lenny Kravitz’s horn section at 19 for a 105-date world tour from 2005 to 2006.

Andrews is currently the bandleader and front man of his own ensemble, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue—a hard-edged funk band that employs hip-hop beats, rock dynamics and improvisation in the great tradition of jazz. The group has extensively and successfully toured the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia, Japan, Russia and Brazil.

His third and most recent album issued on Verve Records, Say That to Say This, was co-produced by Shorty and R&B titan Raphael Saadiq and released in September 2013 to critical acclaim. His first album in 2010 was the GRAMMY®-nominated Backatown, and For True followed in 2011, topping Billboard magazine’s Contemporary Jazz Chart for 12 weeks.

Recently, in January 2014, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue performed on the 56th Annual GRAMMY® Awards with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Mary Lambert, Madonna and Queen Latifah.

The band has also made guest appearances on Conan, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Arsenio and Austin City Limits. Shorty has portrayed himself in a recurring role on the hit HBO series “Treme.” In 2012, he performed
at the White House in honor of Black History Month with music royalty, such as B.B. King, Mick Jagger, Jeff Beck, Booker T. Jones, Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks and Gary Clark Jr. Later that year, he received the President’s Medal from Tulane University in recognition of his charitable work with his own Trombone Shorty Foundation, which donates quality instruments to schools across New Orleans.

Good things continue to happen for Trombone Shorty, thanks to his virtuosity, his dedication and his ability to move people. That he pursues his passion with such humility and unpretentiousness makes his still-unfolding story as compelling as the music he’s making along the way.

Kerry Washington

Kerry Washington

Ms. Washington is an award-winning actress. She is on the Artist Committee for Americans for the Arts, an organization that works to promote the arts in America. She is also on the board of V-Day, an organization dedicated to ending violence against women and girls. She dedicates much of her time to public service and is active on political and social issues.

Forest Whitaker

Forest Whitaker

Mr. Whitaker is an Academy Award-winning actor, director, producer, and game developer. He is a social activist and is involved in a number of humanitarian and philanthropic causes for which he has twice received the Humanitas Prize. He has been honored with the Cinema for Peace award for using film as a medium to promote peace, freedom, and tolerance, and in 2011 he became a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Peace and Reconciliation.

Damian Woetzel

Damian Woetzel

Mr. Woetzel has taken on multiple roles in arts leadership since retiring in 2008 from a 20-year career as Principal Dancer with New York City Ballet. He is the director of the Aspen Institute Arts Program, the artistic director of the Vail International Dance Festival, and the founding director of the Jerome Robbins Foundation’s New Essential Works (NEW) Program. Mr. Woetzel also works with Yo-Yo Ma and his Silk Road Connect Program in New York City Public Schools, and he has served on the Harvard Task Force on the Arts and the Artists Committee of the Kennedy Center Honors.

Alfre Woodard

Alfre Woodard

Ms. Woodard’s work as an actor has earned her an Oscar nomination, four Emmys, three SAG Awards, and a Golden Globe. She serves on the National Film Preservation Foundation Board, as well as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences International Outreach Committee. Ms. Woodard co-founded Artists for a New South Africa, a non-profit working to reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS and further democracy and human rights in South Africa and the United States.

John Lloyd Young

John Lloyd Young

John Lloyd Young is an actor and singer. He originated the role of “Frankie Valli” in the Broadway hit Jersey Boys from 2005 to 2007, and reprised that role in 2013. He has held lead roles in Spring Awakening, The Chosen, and Les Miserables. He has performed in venues across the country with guest appearances on television shows including Glee in 2009 and Vegas in 2013. Mr. Young won a Tony award for Best Actor in a Musical in 2006 for his work in Jersey Boys, and received Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, and Theatre World awards. He has been involved with charitable organizations such as Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, AIDS Project Los Angeles, amfAR, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and the United Service Organization. Mr. Young received a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Brown University.

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