*The 20 year-old free entertainment conference called “Uplifting Minds II” (ULMII), held annually in the communities of Los Angeles and Baltimore, launches a GoFundMe.com campaign in 2019 in order to reach more artists across the country. The free conference has an impressive success record of helping to launch the careers of some of the industry’s most known artists today, such as Grammy winning Miguel, Naturi Naughton (STARZ “Power”) and RoShon Feagon (Disney’s “Shake It Up”/ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars).
”Uplifting Minds II” was founded in 1999 by Eunice Moseley (www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com) while Promotions Director at The Baltimore Times to introduce a younger audience to the newspaper. The event was so popular nationally that she immediately included annual dates in Houston, Atlanta and Los Angeles. The “ULMII” conference offers a panel discussion on the entertainment business by notable industry executives and artists, and a national talent competition and showcase of former winners or panelists. The competition categories include vocal, songwriting, dance and acting. Winners received on average over $15,000 valued in prizes and of course the “ULMII Best Artist” Award that includes a year of constant publicity.
The 2019 editions of “Uplifting Minds II” begins on Saturday April 20, 2019 at Security Square Mall from 1 – 5 p.m. with an impressive panel, a cool DJ and a very funny host. The Los Angeles event is normally held in late October.
Success stories include Baltimore competitors the Featherstone Brothers who performed an original song heard by 6x Grammy winning SisQo, there to support group member Jazz (Dru Hill) serving on the ULMII panel. SisQo placed the song on Dru Hill’s 3rd album as “I Should Be (Your Boyfriend). The song went platinum and today the brothers are still riding the wave of success as writers/producers for such high-profile artists as Chris Brown. Another Baltimore competitor, Naturi Naughton, from nearby New Jersey was scouted at the event by a Broadway agent. That Broadway performance led to her joining a popular R&B group and that experience led to her starring role on the STARZ series “Power.” In Los Angeles competitor Miguel’s performance was so impressive that “ULMII” panelist Jimmy Maynes – then Vice President of Jive Records – signed him to a recording contract. Today Miguel is a Grammy Award winning artist. Another success story in Los Angeles was competitor RoShon Fagan. His manager said what he learned from the event’s founder Eunice Moseley at “ULMII” helped him take RoShon to the next level. That level was a co-starring role on Disney’s “Shake It Up”. That role led to another Disney role and that experience landed him a starring role on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.” Even the “ULMII” panelists have success stories such as iconic Rapper MCLyte, who once performed during the talent showcase – hooked-up with fellow “ULMII” panelist Mathew Knowles – then manager of Destiny’s Child – to be a featured artist on a Destiny’s Child project. “ULMII” panelist Talib Kareem – then member of the group Imajin at Jive Record – co-wrote/produced the debut single of Solange Knowles via a hook-up with fellow “ULMII” panelist Mathew Knowles and “ULMII” panelist Tiaunte Kelly – then an executive at Hidden Beach Recordings – was scouted by the Dr. Phil show while serving at the event to produce a episode.
All panelists, DJs, hosts, soundman and the Baltimore venue are sponsors. Funding “Uplifting Minds II” means these “hook-ups” and next level opportunities can grow to more communities than in Baltimore and Los Angeles. It would mean expenses would not have to be drained from its founder and its high profile panelists and companies that serve it for free. Those who fund this free entertainment conference will receive a very impressive “sponsorship package.”
The Baltimore Times is media partner in Baltimore and media sponsors for Los Angeles and Baltimore include EURweb.com, ThePulseofEntertainment.com, TheMelodyTriceShow.com and Praise98FM.com. Security Square Mall is a conference presenter in Baltimore. L. A. Sound is sponsoring sound for the Los Angeles event. Competition winning prizes are sponsored in part by TheGardnerLawGroup.com, LawyersRock.com, Rebellious Beauty, ImaginationLunchbox.com, DustDemAFF.com, Malachi Carter Photography, Superstar Entertainment and Freelance Associates (PRSA).
For more information log onto www.UpliftingMinds2.com or to fund “ULMII” you can log onto https://www.gofundme.com/uplifting-minds-ii-entertainment-conference. You can also call 562-424-3836 or email for more information at [email protected]
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