I am so excited to announce that we have released our single and music video for the Beatles classic ‘With A Little Help From My Friends’ to benefit Americans For The Arts in their fight to save the National Endowment for the Arts. As Executive Producer of Artists For The Arts, I am honored to share this beautiful project with all of you. All proceeds from the sing available on broadwayrecords.com and elsewhere will benefit the non-profit and its arts advocacy and educational endeavors to #SavetheNEA
It was January 19, 2017, and news had just broken that the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and Humanities (NEH) could soon be at risk of elimination. As an opera singer and creative entrepreneur, I knew how crucial arts funding was for society at large. The arts enrich the human experience by sparking creativity, collaboration and powerful returns on investment in education and economic growth. I turned to change.org and created a petition (change.org/SaveTheNEA). I’m not sure what I hoped would come of it, but I knew that this was an issue near and dear to my heart, and perhaps, if enough everyday Americans realized what was at stake, the community could have a fighting chance.
A ‘Who’s Who’ of Broadway, Hollywood, theatre, dance, and music artists came together at the legendary Avatar Studios in New York City to record and film a single of the iconic Beatles song “A Little Help From My Friends” to inspire support for the arts in America. 100% of net profits from this recording will go towards Americans for the Arts and their work to protect the NEA, support arts education and advocacy, and continue to fight for our beautiful industry and all that it does to foster community, creativity and economic growth.
Here are just some of the artists involved:
Broadway: Nick Adams (Chicago, A Chorus Line), Aaron Lazar (The Last Ship, The Light In the Piazza), Ashley Brown (Mary Poppins), Liz Callaway (Cats, Miss Saigon, Hair), Bryan Terrell Clark (Hamilton), Carmen Cusack (Bright Star, Les Miserables in West End), Ashley Brown (Mary Poppins, Beauty & the Beast), Julie Benko (Fiddler on the Roof), Lillias White (Fela!, The Life), Lexi Lawson (Hamilton, Rent), Liz Callaway (Cats, Miss Saigon, Baby), Telly Leung (In Transit, Allegiance, Glee), Ryan Silverman (Side Show, Chicago)
Television: Annie Golden (Orange Is The New Black), Forte Tenors (America’s Got Talent), Chris Mann (The Voice, Phantom of the Opera)
Viral: Peter Hollens (YouTube)
Singer (Opera/Rock/Choral): Cass Dillon, Lauren Jelencovich (Yanni vocalist), Noah Stewart (Metropolitan Opera), Yale Glee Club
Spoken Word: Taylor Mali (TedTalk), Shanelle Gabriel (HBO’s Def Poetry Jam), Trace DePass
Cabaret: Natalie Douglas, KT Sullivan